Going along nicely with my post below is Dave Neiwert’s post on Sunday’s CNN program, John King State of the Union. Dave takes a look at the perspective presented of Walt Minnick & a few constituents of Benewah County.
But it also revealed, I think, the flaw in the kind of thinking employed by Blue Dogs like Minnick when confronted with tough issues like health care. Rather than represent the people who actually campaigned for them and put them into office, they kowtow to what are perceived to be the majority conservative sentiments in their district and vote the Republican line.
In other words, they’re trying to solidify their positions by selling out the very people who elected them, while pursuing the votes of people who will never vote for them.
Also referenced in Dave’s post is Randy Stapilus’ blog, Ridenbaugh Press, where Randy takes Minnick to task.
But here’s the stunner: The most “conservative” member of the Northwest delegation turns out not to be a Republican at all, not Idaho’s Mike SimpsonDave Reichert (263.0), Doc Hastings (312.0) or Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (341.5). (281.0) or Washington’s
Rather, it is the only Democrat in the House to score more conservative than the “least conservative” Republican – Idaho’s Walt Minnick, at 359.5, which puts him just about in the middle of the House Republican caucus, and more “conservative” than, for example, Simpson. No other Democrat or Republican scores across the line at all.
Both are well worth the reading time and to be bookmarked.