Nov 06 2009
Between the backlash of the independents against the Democrats in Tuesday’s historic elections and the bad news on the unemployment today it is not surprising the Democrat caucus is losing the moderate democrat support for the destruction of our nation’s health care system with a government rationed, costly health care system:
A House leader says Democrats haven’t yet lined up enough votes to pass their health care overhaul bill.
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland says the vote that House Democrats had scheduled for Saturday could slip to Sunday or early next week.
Hoyer acknowledged to reporters Friday that Democratic leaders don’t yet have the 218 votes needed to pass President Barack Obama’s historic health overhaul initiative.
Action on health legislation was slowed as senators waited for the Congressional Budget Office to weigh in on a bill written by Majority Leader Harry Reid in consultation with the White House and key committee chairmen. Senate votes could slip until next year.
No sane Democrat congressman in a swing district (and there are plenty of them in districts won by McCain and/or Bush) should suicide their political career with the Senate not even ready to vote until next year. Mad Maddam Pelosi (‘we won Tuesday’) has surely lost her mind and the confidence of her caucus.
If the Dems were smart and listening to the people, they would shut the madness down and try and survive 2010. The liberal congressional leaders aren’t smart – clearly. It seems they instead will try to suicide bomb our economy on their way to political oblivion, being the radicals that they are.
Update: This is the best analysis I have seen of the mood in purple VA and how even veteran democrat congressman are now poised to be ousted in 2010:
Forget the freshmenâ€”how about Virginia’s ninth district, home to 27-year-incumbent Rick Boucher? That’s coal country, though Mr. Boucher, confident in incumbency, has been playing a dangerous game of shepherding through his party’s climate bill. Will Morefield, a little-known Republican running for the Virginia House of Delegates, centered his campaign against that legislation. He beat the Democratic incumbent by 14 points. Mr. McDonnell? He won a devastating 66% of the district vote.
Read the whole thing, and savor it.
Update: Amazing – the liberal answer to holding the Democrat caucus together is to target Democrat moderates:
A few days ago, the left-wing activist group MoveOn.org began sending out emails seeking contributions to fund primary challenges against any Democratic senator who does not fully support “health care reform with a public option.” Now there’s an update: MoveOn executive director Justin Ruben says the group has raised $3,578,117 for the project and is thinking of new ways to punish errant Democratic lawmakers.
“It’s a huge sum, and the clearest signal yet that any Democrat who helps Republicans filibuster health care reform will face an enormous backlash from the grassroots,” writes Ruben. And now, working in conjunction with Howard Dean’s old organization Democracy for America, MoveOn is starting a drive to take away the committee chairmanships of any Democrat who fails to live up to MoveOn’s progressive standards.
The message is loud and clear from the liberals – moderate Democrats are expendable. Which means they are now free to vote their best interest.