Filed under: Health care reform
Someone at Ezra Klein’s site wrote something smart in a thread and he turned it into a post:
I was looking today at the list of Democrats who voted “no” on health-care the first time around. What struck me was how many of them were heavily supported by the DCCC in 2008. Shouldn’t that kind of financial backing, a considerable part of which comes from center-left national Democratic party supporters, not go to members who simply do not support the Democrats on any of the big stuff? I mean, if you added up all the money from the DCCC given to some of the folks on that list, it’s definitely in the couple of millions. I don’t think these guys should be getting national Democratic Party funding if they are going to act like free agents all the time.
At some point, if you take the support of the base, you have to be accountable to the base.
Absolutely right. The Democratic Party should provide no financial support whatsoever to anyone who calls themselves a Democrat but votes against this health-care reform bill. I don’t care what the reason is. I don’t care whether you’re Bart Stupak voting against it because you’re a fanatical pro-lifer, or a far-left progressive voting against it because you got left behind on a desert island and nobody told you the war for single-payer was over.
You know how Bart Stupak appears outraged at the idea that some dollars that once passed through the bank account of a Catholic person might eventually go towards paying for an abortion? I’m outraged at the idea that some of the dollars I donate to the Democratic Party might go towards paying to re-elect Bart Stupak. And if health care doesn’t pass, in part because of people like him, then I’ll donate no money this year to the Democratic Party. I’ll donate to my representatives or to others who share my views. Not to the party.
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