By Jedediah Bila
Some Democrats love to rant about how Republicans are the party of “no.” In October of 2009, notorious party swapper Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) declared, “On the Republican side, it is no, no, no. A party of obstructionism.”
Specter – It’s time to wake up and smell the anti-Obamacare Blue Dog Coalition. It looks like you have quite a bit of “no, no, no” right in your own backyard.
FoxNews.com recently reported that “When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi let 30 Blue Dog Democrats break ranks to vote against the controversial health care overhaul in March, she probably didn’t expect them to go the extra mile and campaign against it in the fall.” It added, “Members of the so-called Blue Dog Coalition are railing against the health care bill, and other Democrat-sponsored spending packages, in a bid to highlight their independence from the Washington establishment.”
Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) has called for Obamacare’s repeal. Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.), Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.), and Rep. Glenn Nye (D-Va.) have all released ads highlighting their opposition to Obama’s health care law.
While some in the media have attempted to spread the false message of a civil war in the GOP, they seem to have forgotten the not-so-small Democrat uprising against Obama’s tax-and-spend, bankrupt-our-grandchildren agenda.
So, why the backtalk from the Blue Dogs? It’s simple.
Many Blue Dogs are fiscal conservatives – meaning they understand the seemingly simple concept of not spending money we don’t have.
Also, many Blue Dogs who are in competitive races this November know that you don’t win an election by siding against the will of the American majority. Rasmussen reported on September 20 that “Sixty-one percent (61%) of likely U.S. voters now at least somewhat favor repeal of the new national health care law, including 50% who strongly favor it. That’s up eight points from a week ago and the highest level of opposition measured since late May.”
Our President may be comfortable consistently promoting policies that the majority of Americans don’t support, but many Blue Dogs aren’t about to follow his lead.
My bottom line?
One – Republicans darn well better be the party of “no” when “yes” is synonymous with high taxes and liberty-desecrating policies that threaten our economic and national security. Otherwise, I invite them to join Specter on the other side.
Two – As much as some in the media love the whole GOP civil war theme, the figurative “war” – as I see it – is between those who want to carry on business as usual in Washington and those who want to restore some integrity to the political machine. That goes for Democrats, Republicans, and everyone in between.
And finally – Democrats, before you label the GOP a party of “no,” it might be wise to take a quick peek at what your party “allies” have to say. A September 15 letter to Pelosi, in which thirty-one House Democrats asked for an extension of the Bush tax cuts for all, serves as a nifty example.
When it comes to more spending, more bailouts, higher taxes, and Obamacare, stay tuned as many Republicans, Democrats, and Independents join hands this November to shout “no, no, no.”
P.S. – If you’re hungry for some “yes, yes, yes,” check out the GOP’s Pledge to America. “Yes” to permanently stopping all job-killing tax hikes, “yes” to establishing a hard cap on new discretionary spending, “yes” to holding weekly votes on spending cuts, and a whole lot more yeses eagerly await you.