obligatory political post

from the NY Times

For Democrats in Hawaii, Unease in an Oasis

Hawaii should be a happy outpost for the  Democratic Party. It has a Democratic governor. Democrats overwhelmingly control the Legislature. It has Barack Obama in the White House and all the prestige that brings, most recently an Asia-Pacific economic summit meeting with the president as its host, packing this city’s streets, restaurants and hotels with international leaders.

Yet these are hardly happy days for Hawaii Democrats. The governor, Neil Abercrombie, is ending his first year under a storm of criticism; he referred to himself the other evening as “the most unpopular governor in America.” Mr. Obama’s struggles in Washington have cast a bit of a pall here.

My objection – Hawaii is NOT an oasis (an isolated area of vegetation in a desert surrounding a water source).  We’re an island…

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