All local politics are national

The trend in local politics this year seems to be connecting state political movements to the national candidates for president. Vermont Democrats are hoping to ride the coat tails of whomever is the party’s candidate for the White House.

But here’s an interesting twist: Dean Corren, blogging over at the Vermont Progressive Party blog, suggests that Democrat Gaye Symington is "our very own Hillary." Would that make Progressive Anthony Pollina our "very own Barack Obama?"

Corren concludes:

Perhaps if she sees her campaign failing to take off, she’ll follow Hillary’s newest example, in beginning to make nice (whether or not for her own positioning) with her fellow Bush opponent, and at the same time undoing the damage and uniting against the real threat.

With Symington and Pollina in the race this year – and Pollina entering it long before Symington even considered running – watch for a lot of talk centering on who exactly is "the spoiler" this year.

-Dan Barlow