Democrats: Party of No?

By Jedediah Bila

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.

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Mel Pama
12 years ago

Get of this blog. Do you honestly think we can’t tell a democrat when we read one, like you. Your hashing old news because you don’t know the latest news. You need to call your handler and an update. Your not even a good acter, you suck at it: byeeeee

12 years ago

Ok…I like Romney. I think he would make a great president. But why call Palin an ignorant bimbo? She was suddenly thrust onto the national stage and had a bad interview. Think you would do better? How many gubernatorial races have you won? It sounds like you have been letting your “smart” friends on the left shape your opinions too much! We need to stop being overly critical of our people and stick with getting away from the left’s agenda!

12 years ago

If the Republican party is to survive, they need to put up a viable candidate right now. Not Sarah Palin who quite frankly is an ignorant bimbo as was proved by her exposure by Katie Couric.
Someone professionally educated, experienced and conversant with the important issues we face today. I’d like to see someone like Mitt Romney who possesses these qualities. Otherwise, the party of Lincoln is dead on arrival.
I can see public opinion trends swinging towards Obama as people are coming to realize that regardless of who is President, his real power to effect the huge changes needed to straighten out the country is limited. Taking over GM and others by buying massive amounts of stock was nothing more than common business sense and nothing a responsible business would’nt do.

12 years ago

I like the “start here” comment but will the start be the end? Can we reverse the monster big government?

12 years ago

Govt is just too big. How did we end up with so many govt jobs at all levels? And how about those salaries and perks? If the FED GOVT is attempting to employ the best qualified people to do the jobs and this is the mess we are in, they missed the mark by a mile. And maybe just ONE congressman or senator can answer why programs they foist on us are not good enough for them to participate in.

Donny York
12 years ago


Their “accurate translation” surpasses the score I’d give Newsmax or WorldNetDaily! And this site is traveled by more “opinion leaders” and motivated researcher sorts of readers. Their commenting and forwarding will boost my hopes of one of the Bill O’Reilleys of the world giving it a mention. It’s a boost to my hopes of the cartoon eventually “going viral” on YouTube!
And, speaking of things that resonate: Thanks for this column here.

Old Corps
12 years ago

Well, the Pledge is a start; the GOP was nearing the 11th hour with something for conservatives to sink our teeth into, and a foothold from which to counter the massive propaganda machine of the Dems and their spin doctors. No, it’s neither perfect or complete, but it’s our opening salvo. We must not relent, nor relax, even after Nov. 3.

Walt Ely
12 years ago

And another thing … how did all these secure government jobs get such high salaries? It used to be called ‘public service’ now it’s just grab as much taxpayer money as you can or as much as your union can extort for you (SEIU / NEA)!

Walt Ely
12 years ago

Personally I am disappointed with the GOP’s so-called ‘Pledge to America’. That’s just promises not specifics. I want to see a ‘hit list’ and specific plans of action against failed federal programs, legislation and policies that the GOP will pursue to get America back on track. Think about what action plans you’d like to see on illegal immigration, welfare spending, the EPA, the Federal Reserve system, energy policy, Federal Dept. of Education (NEA), border security, real health care ‘reform’, ‘no child left behind’, war on drugs/poverty, deficit spending and ridiculous expensive warfare that is accomplishing nothing! There are lots of other areas where we are spending vast amounts of money that really yield the U.S. taxpayer little or nothing. U.N. funding, foreign aid, funding of foreign students and the CIA are just a few that come to mind.

12 years ago

Great column. Love the Pledge. It’s about time, GOP.

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