It's been all of 12 hours since Oregon voters passed
both Measures 66 and 67, and we must know now what it all means from a national perspective.
So here's a sampling of the punditocracy so far:Firedoglake
calls Oregon's vote to approve the tax measures "a lesson for Democrats" that runs counter to the national media narrative of this being like 1994 when the country lurched to the right in reaction to President Clinton's first year:
"In fact, progressives ran this campaign in Oregon against a well-funded lobby of major state corporations like Nike and the corporate tea party front group FreedomWorks. And they energized progressives, organized and won, and pretty easily so. This twists the narrative that all Democrats are morose and demobilized – actually, when you give them a positive choice, when you offer a progressive policy like tax fairness, they will not only choose it, but get excited about it. And conservatives will lose in a game of numbers."
From the Los Angeles Times
"The two ballot measures passed handily in a referendum watched closely around the country as a signal of whether voters are ready to approve targeted tax hikes to bail out cash-starved state treasuries."
From the Wall Street Journal (
whose editorial page had blasted
"The twin ballot measures also served as a gauge of anti-business populism and highlighted a nationwide debate over whether to fix state budgets by targeting the affluent. But they also fueled resentment of "tax and spend" legislators, as well as public-employee unions whose members enjoy job security at a time when thousands here have lost jobs.
And closer to home, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Allen Alley tweeted
the following to his 615 followers:
Tonight a state with one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation made it harder to do business in it. We have more work to do.
(Photo by Leslie Montgomery from last night's celebration by the "Yes" on 66 and 67 campaign)