Just back from a house-party campaign event for Mickey Kaus’s Quixotic campaign against Barbara Boxer. I’m still not sure how Mickey figures that Democrats are supposed to win elections by annoying Latinos, union members, and Social Security recipients, but on several points he did manage to put the “Democrat” back in “contrarian Democrat” more than was usual in his Kausfiles posts.
– Kaus thinks that institutions where rich and poor alike serve and are served on an equal basis are essential to social solidarity, and that creating such institutions is one of the key roles of government. So he likes universal health care coverage.
– Kaus thinks that California needs to get rid of the 2/3 rules for budgets and taxes, via constitutional convention if necessary.
– Kaus thinks that letting the University of California descend into mediocrity is a rotten idea.
– Kaus thinks that Barack Obama is doing a pretty astounding job as President.
Footnote My etiquette instructor would have been proud of me; when Mickey ranted about how the UAW had destroyed GM, I didn’t ask him whether he thought that Massey Energy was a better place to work.