Virginia Rodino

No longer playing by the rules

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When US sports stars led an unofficial walkout over the police shooting of Jason Blake, the season was over. Then Obama intervened, and that’s the problem with the Democrats, writes Virginia Rodino

Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old African-American man, was shot seven times in the back in front of his children by a white police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on 23 August. The bullets wounded his arm and damaged his stomach, kidney and liver. He remains paralyzed in hospital. Three days later Milwaukee Bucks, a professional team in the National Basketball Association (NBA), were inspired to collective action and decided not to play, in protest at the attack. The move came as a surprise to the rest of the league.

Abandoned hope

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The election of Republican Scott Brown to the US Senate is the first real indicator that sections of a longstanding liberal electorate have lost belief in the Democratic Party's version of "hope" and "change" and instead need concrete solutions to the real problems of joblessness, healthcare and home foreclosures (Feature, Socialist Review, January 2010).

The Republican victory, in the longstanding Democratic state of Massachusetts, held for almost half a century by Ted Kennedy, has the White House and Democratic Party leaders scrambling on key issues such as healthcare, clean energy and banking regulations.

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