January 19, 2011

We don't need no stinkin' Blue Dogs!

Congress voted today to repeal Obamacare.  Every Republican voted for repeal and 3 Democrats came onside.  Three. Blue Dog Democrats are apparently a rare breed.  So rare in fact, that they only outnumber the number of Democrats who think of Republicans as Nazis by two. ABC News reported on Democratic representative Cohen's ridiculous assertion;
In an extraordinary outburst on the House floor, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) invoked the Holocaust to attack Republicans on health care and compared rhetoric on the issue to the work of infamous Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
“They say it's a government takeover of health care, a big lie just like Goebbels," Cohen said. "You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, and eventually, people believe it.  Like blood libel.  That's the same kind of thing. And Congressman Cohen didn’t stop there.
“The Germans said enough about the Jews and people believed it--believed it and you have the Holocaust.  We heard on this floor, government takeover of health care.  Politifact said the biggest lie of 2010 was a government takeover of health care because there is no government takeover," Cohen said.
Alan Grayson's shoes are already being filled.  And it doesn't end there.  Some are content to merely brand Republicans liars.
"I want to just advise people watching at home playing the now-popular drinking game, if you take a shot whenever the Republicans say something that's not true, please assign a designated driver," Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) said.
Only three Democrats are willing to compromise, and as a whole it is probably safe to assume that Democrats' definition of compromise is Republicans caving in on an issue.  That's not compromise, that's capitulation.

But what of the three who voted to repeal? Dan Boren (D-Okla.), Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), and Mike Ross (D-Ark.) voted with Republicans.  All three are in vulnerable states for Democrats, and are by necessity Blue Dogs.  We don't need no stinkin' Blue Dogs!  Three vulnerable representatives is not the compromise advertised by Democrats after their shellacking. I say given that climate, compromise should be off the table.  It's not worth the notion that Republicans are above partisanship now and want to work together with Democrats because no matter what they do, they will not get the credit for it.  It's better to be seen as a party that wants to get things done on jobs and government expenses than as skilled compromisers because even in doing so they won't get credit and they definitely won't make real progress.  Let the Blue Dogs get in the back seat of the Republican congress and enjoy the ride if they want to come along, but don't go out of the way to get them on board.  Three is not a magic number and the payoff won't be the effort of the courtship.

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