The Nation: Instead of Dancing With the Austerity Devil, Keith Ellison Wants Democrats to Campaign for Jobs

Minnesota sends to Congress a remarkable member of Congress who has focused on defending the Constitution, speaking truth to power in both parties and practicing a politics of principle rather than petty partisanship. Now, that House member is launching a national campaign on behalf of a new common-sense economic agenda that gets America’s priorities straight, tips the balance from Wall Street to Main Street and puts people back to work.

Needless to say, we are not talking about Michele Bachmann.

Congressman Keith Ellison, the Minneapolis Democrat who now co-chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus (with Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva) does not get the kind of attention that his fellow Minnesotan grabs. When both Bachmann and Ellison spoke in Minneapolis Saturday—to competing conventions of liberal and conservative online activists—Bachmann got the attention of vapid national media that prefer her empty rhetoric and emptier promises to a politics of substance. She used her appearance at the annual RightOnline conference to highlight her vanity candidacy for the Republican nomination for president.
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