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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-22-11 04:41 PM
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How Much Damage Can Bad Democrats Really Do? Take The Keystone XL Pipeline For Example
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Not counting Lieberman-- and why should anyone?-- only two Democrats, Mark "Blanche Lincoln" Pryor (AR) and Ben Nelson (NE), joined the Senate Republicans to kill President Obama's proposal to save teacher and first responder jobs. A week earlier, another conservative Senate Democrat, Jon Tester (MT), voted against the whole package, along with Nelson. That was the week that the DSCC wrote Nelson a $600,000 check for a coordinated ad campaign for his reelection. Have you contributed any money to the DSCC? Some of it went to help reelect ole Ben, the Democrat who, year after year after year, votes most frequently with the GOP on the important issues of the day-- like Choice. He's vehemently opposed to women making decisions about their own health... just like Republicans are. According to the Progressive Punch crucial votes score, Nelson's lifetime voting record shows that he's been with the GOP just over 55% of the time. Even imagine your DSCC contributions were going for that?

The DCCC is even worse. They spend almost all of your contributions on bolstering Blue Dogs who are forever tugging the caucus rightward and then voting with the Cantor or Boehner. This year, for example, Oklahoma Blue Dog Dan Boren only managed to vote with the Democrats-- again just taking into account the crucial votes, not the naming of post offices-- a stunning 17.17%. He was the worst-- and, thankfully, he's finally retiring from Congress-- but Jason Altmire isn't planning on going anywhere but back to Congress and his score was 21.43% this year. Yes, that contemptible little Blue Dog that the DCCC has lavished millions of dollars on voted with Cantor and Boehner against progressive issues over 78% of the time. Joe Donnelly, an execrable Indiana Blue Dog-- and another recipient of truckloads of DCCC cash-- voted with the Republicans over 70% of the time this year. He's being rewards with a Senate nomination. Blue Dogs John Barrow (GA), Heath Shuler (NC), Henry Cuellar (TX), Jim Matheson (UT), Mike McIntyre (NC), Mike Ross (AR), Tim Holden (PA) have all voted more frequently with the GOP than with the Democrats this year.

Next week the DCCC has invited congressional candidates to come to Washington for a powwow. Introducing candidates to the Blue Dog caucus... the two dozen "Democrats" who consistently vote with the GOP and take massive legalistic bribes from the banksters and corporate criminals? That's supposed to be a good idea? A friend in DC, who is helping Blue America's Bad Dogs campaign this year, sent me this Wall Street Journal story today about how else Blue Dogs can screw up the Democratic Party-- and the country-- even without a recorded vote.

TransCanada Corporation today announced that a group of twenty-two Democratic members of the United States House of Representatives urged U.S. President Barack Obama in a letter to ensure that the Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline project is issued because of the project's economic, energy and national security benefits.

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