Headline that says it all: Will Blue Dogs Help GOP Extremists Destroy Obama’s Presidency Over Their Donations From Insurance Industry CEOs?

From Howie Klein:

Yesterday Obama was at a town hall meeting in Ohio talking about real reform. He was inspiring to Democrats who were listening. But either shills like Blanche Lincoln, Ben Nelson, Max Baucus, Mark Pryor, Mary Landrieu, John Barrow, Jim Cooper, Dan Boren, Allen Boyd aren’t listening… or they aren’t Democrats.

Whenever I hear people say that it’s happening too soon, I think that’s a little odd. We’ve been talking about health care reform since the days of Harry Truman. How could it be too soon? I don’t think it’s too soon for the families who’ve seen their premiums rise faster than wages year after year. It’s not too soon for the businesses forced to drop coverage or shed workers because of mounting health care expenses. It’s not too soon for taxpayers asked to close widening deficits that stem from rising health care costs– costs that threaten to leave our children with a mountain of debt.

Reform may be coming too soon for some in Washington, but it’s not soon enough for the American people. We can get this done. We don’t shirk from a challenge.

Shameful that progressives have to resort to this, but with enough die-hard conservative Blue Dogs on the House Energy and Commerce Committee working with reactionary Republicans like Roy Blunt, Joe Barton, John Shadegg and Marsha Blackburn in opposing Democratic Party values and real reform, the House leadership is considering bypassing the committee and taking the legislation right to the floor. Forcing sleazy lowlife scumbags like John Barrow (Blue Dog-GA), Mike Ross (Blue Dog- AR), Jane Harman (Blue Dog-CA), Zach Space (Blue Dog-OH) and Baron Hill (Blue Dog-IN) to come out of the closet as full-blown conservatives and vote with Republicans against health care reform on the floor of Congress will, in all likelihood, end their shameful and freakish political careers. Why can’t we have more Democrats like this one today (see how long it takes you to guess who it is)?

The Democratic Party represents the people… The Democratic Party puts human rights and human welfare first… These Republican gluttons of privilege are cold men. They are cunning men… They want a return of the Wall Street economic dictatorship.

Something happens to Republican leaders when they get control of the government… Republicans in Washington have a habit of becoming curiously deaf to the voice of the people. They have a hard time hearing what the ordinary people of the country are saying. But they have no trouble at all hearing what Wall Street is saying. They are able to catch the slightest whisper from big business and the special interests.

Republican candidates are apparently trying to sing the American voters to sleep with a lullaby about unity… They want to kind of unity that benefits the National Association of Manufacturers… the real estate trusts… [the] selfish interests… They don’t want unity. They want surrender. And I am here to tell you people that I will not surrender.

Some things are worth fighting for… We must fight isolationists and reactionaries, the profiteers and the privileged class… Our primary concern is for the little fellow. We think the big boys have always done very well, taking care of themselves… It is the business of government to see that the little fellow gets a square deal.

That’s Harry Truman, campaigning in 1948– unfortunately not Harry Reid in 2009.

That was over fifty years ago. And, we’re still waiting. Yet, Hill Democrats, with their own great health care benefits, think people should keep waiting. They’re in no rush. They all have great health care benefits. Be interesting to see how some of them fared in the private market. Not so well, I’d imagine.

It’s not an understatement to say that our current system is killing and bankrupting people. Why are Democrats — and it is Democrats — making us wait?


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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