It is only a matter of time before he bursts forth onto the national scene and captures the hearts and minds of thinking people everywhere in this country.
Here is my (obscenely biased but very reasonable) prediction.
Come November (and likely well before) he will be a national phenomenon: Russert will interview him on Sunday morn; Olbermann will speak of him while delivering a special comment; the gray lady will profile him; NPR will consider all things related to him; the right will be disarmed by him; and the left will celebrate him.
Truly, he’s a progressive’s wet dream.
The man is Dennis Shulman. And if you don’t already know it, he is running to unseat the unspeakably awful Scott Garrett (R) in NJ-5.
Garrett is a lovely poster child for the extreme right (e.g., he is still loving and supporting the Iraq war and still hating on stem cell research and a women’s right to choose). Of course, these principled positions Garrett holds are all rooted in his profound love and respect for the sanctity of human life.
However, it’s looking like Garrett is going to have a serious fight on his hypocritical hands if he is to hang on to to his seat this November.
With General Wesley Clark’s recent endorsement, Shulman’s momentum, exposure, and ability to raise those all important dollars continues to rapidly grow.
There is no longer any question about the viability of his campaign.
Indeed, as Roll Call’s John McArdle noted, Shulman has become “a darling of the Democratic establishment on Capitol Hill.”
Please check Shulman out, spread the word, and (if you are able and willing) donate.
I am confident you will be inspired by his life story, his progressive ideas, and his sensible approach to leadership.
NJ-5 is ours if we want it.