The grown-up lawmakers in the Democratic caucus must have cringed when some of their colleagues started chanting "Fired up! Ready to go!" when President Obama came to Capitol Hill for another pep talk this weekend.May I suggest all those who voted for Obamacare read this article in its entirety.
For Rep. Rick Boucher -- a Virginia Democrat who snuck into Congress in 1982 when Republicans took a pummeling because of high unemployment -- being "Fired up!" means you get fired by your constituents.
For Rep. Chet Edwards -- a Democrat who has represented a hunk of central Texas including a little ranching community called Crawford since 1991 -- "Ready to go!" means get ready to go back to Waco because voters gave you the heave-ho.
Members such as Boucher and Edwards know the difference between a political party and a suicide pact.
Passing a $1.2 trillion bill with only three votes to spare after 11 p.m. on a Saturday would always be risky for any member not from a bright-blue district. When public opinion is running the other direction, it's simply insane.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Obama plays Peter Pan for nervous Democrats
This opening is from Chris Stirewalt's article in The Washington Examiner.