5 Democrats joined Republicans to vote against Obamacare yesterday…

Perhaps you are wondering why. I know I am… but most of all I wonder why Democrats nominate or vote for these scumbags.

Sahil Kapur has written a great identification of these guys and an analysis in Talking Points Memo. Here it is:


Five Democrats broke with their party to join (Republicans), two more than last year’s repeal vote. All five represent Republican-leaning districts. All five were among 39 Democrats to vote against final passage of the Affordable Care Act in March 2010. The three who are seeking re-election are politically vulnerable and face tough Republican challengers.

Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT)

Matheson, a Blue Dog serving since 2001, voted against the GOP’s repeal effort last year. He flipped this time around to realign with Republicans against Obama’s signature law.

“I have voted against the health care bill at every opportunity in the legislative process,” Matheson said in a statement about his vote. “Plain and simple, the bill is a flawed effort that fails to address the critical issue of rising health costs.”

According to the Cook Political Report, Matheson represents the most Republican district of any Democratic incumbent. He faces tea party favorite and Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love in November, whom he led by 8 points in a recent poll.

Rep. Larry Kissell (D-NC)

Kissell, a second-term congressman, voted against the Republican repeal legislation last year. But he has been careful not to align himself with Obama, refusing to endorse his reelection bid. Kissell has broken with his party on multiple occasions, including on holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt.

Kissell narrowly won reelection in 2010 and redistricting has made his district more conservative. He faces the winner of an upcoming Republican run-off election between Richard Hudson, a former congressional staffer, and Scott Keadle, a state county commissioner.

Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC)

McIntyre, a Blue Dog who has represented rural North Carolina since 1997, joined Republicans last year to vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. How conservative is his district? Here’s a hint: He has refused to endorse President Obama for reelection.

McIntyre’s opponent in November, state Sen. David Rouzer, is seeking to tie him to his party leaders. “He’s walked in lock step with Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi,” Rouzer told Roll Call in May.

Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR)

Ross, a congressman since 2001 who serves as co-chair of the increasingly extinct Blue Dog Caucus, was an early Democratic opponent of the law and has consistently positioned himself it. He joined Republicans to vote to repeal it last year.

Ross has sought to make himself amenable to his mostly conservative constituents by aligning against Obama and Democrats on numerous issues.

He’s retiring at the end of his term.

Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK)

Boren, a Blue Dog who has served Oklahoma since 2005, last year voted with Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act. He has gone to great lengths to distinguish himself from Democrats, including by cosponsoring anti-abortion legislation and voting for a hard-right measure calling for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

He’s not seeking reelection this November.

It’s time, I think, to send the Blue Dogs to the pound. I don’t care if you are in a conservative district. Part of the job is educating the voting public… and giving them information on legislation that is not based on lies…and which actually serves to their advantage. That is, of course, unless the majority of voters in their districts are in the top 1%. Do you think that’s possible?

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Posted on July 12, 2012, in Announcement, budget, campaign, Congress, election, ethics, event, government, Health Care, Legal, Lies, News, Opinion, Politics, President Obama, quote, Supreme Court, Taxes, vote, Warning, Word from Bill. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. We could look at the wikipedia definition:

    Socialism is an economic system characterised by social ownership and/or control of the means of production and cooperative management of the economy, and a political philosophy advocating such a system

    Now, doesn’t that sound like what some in the DNC are trying to moving us towards? My example would be Maxine Waters or Bernie Sanders.

    Thankfully there are still people, like the 5 brace Dems listed in your article, that think that their party should try and protect some freedoms. I would love to vote for a Democrat again in the future, and Mr. Matheson gives me hope that I will be able to do that someday.

  2. I congratulate these brave public servants for standing up for what they believe in. It is obvious that the socialist take over of the Democrat party is not complete, all though I suspect it will be soon.

    I would like to thank Mr. Matheson for stating the obvious: “Plain and simple, the bill is a flawed effort that fails to address the critical issue of rising health costs.”

    I agree completely with Mr. Matheson. Do we need Healthcare legislation? Yes. But doing it wrong is worst then doing nothing.

    • It looks like you don’t have any idea what Socialism is… especially as it compares with an inclusive democracy as opposed to conservative fascism.

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