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May 2, 2013

Think About It: Democratic Wrangling

18-months out from the next general election, and the local political season has begun in earnest with the report that U.S. House representative Colleen Hanabusa will challenge new Senator Brian Schatz in the Democratic Senate primary race next summer. There has been speculation that Hanabusa might challenge Schatz, or might even go after the governor's slot, challenging incumbent Neil Abercrombie. Certainly, the powers that be within the Democratic Party do not want to see an intra-party battle, but if Hanabusa does follow through in a bid against Schatz, insiders will be torn as the temperature warms up long before the August 9, 2014, primary date. 

And what about the other side of the political spectrum?  Will there even be a viable Senate candidate coming out of the Republican camp? Will there be a newcomer who will challenge for Hanabusa's vacated House seat from the Republican or Democratic side of the road? In a state famous for its resilience to change in so many areas, and I don't just mean political change, seeing so many people vie for political positions of power of late indicates a new world order, where no one individual is really in charge; there is no power broker here, and lots of existing political veterans and neophytes are wrangling for control right now and for the future. Three of our four Hawaii representatives in Washington, D.C., are currently serving their first terms in their respective positions- and that's something you didn't often see from Hawaii in its first 54-years of statehood.

Again, many within the Democratic Party here are hoping there won't be an internecine struggle for power in the U.S. Senate… or anywhere else. But the parties- Democratic or Republican- don't get to make those calls locally these days- individual people do. And as long as someone believes that he or she can lead the way in the new world and provide the best answer, we all get to witness the hyperbole, hype, and heat of a long campaign season. Think about it…

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