Come Saturday Morning: We’re All “Lesser People” to the Elites on the Catfood Commission

By: Saturday June 26, 2010 6:45 am

“The very rich are different from you and me.” Yes, and that’s why their representatives on the Catfood Commission are horrified that their fellow commissioner Alan Simpson was so indiscreet as to reveal what they think of most Americans: Namely, that we’re “lesser” than them.


Bottom Kill of Teacher Jobs, Health Care for the Poor

By: Monday May 31, 2010 7:15 am

We now know about the failure of the top kill in the Gulf, ensuring the continued gusher of oil into the Gulf of Mexico for at least the near future. Almost nobody in America knows about the “bottom kill” pulled off by the House of Representatives late on Friday.

Blue Dog Founder Hired to Lobby for Transocean

By: Thursday May 13, 2010 6:12 pm

Blue Dog Caucus founder and former Oklahoma Congressman Bill Brewster’s firm Capitol Hill Consulting Group was hired to lobby lawmakers by Transocean, owner of the failed Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

Reid Press Conference Today on Immigration: Double Messaging Time

By: Thursday April 29, 2010 11:48 am

And thus the press gets their direct cue not to take Reid’s immigration efforts seriously. They get it (wink wink). This is how they all wind up running around “knowing” things, like the White House will never include a public option in the health care bill. Yet it keeps the credulous typing their fingers to a bloody pulp to the bitter end, insisting that Obama most certainly will because after all he mentioned the public option in his address to the joint session of Congress. And, of course, blaming Republicans.

Will White House Put the Screws to Blue Dogs on Immigration Like They Did on Health Care?

By: Monday April 26, 2010 9:35 am

Immigration just might be the issue that breaks through the White House “veal pen” strategy and forces them to deal with an issue — or risk the defection of an important part of the Democratic base in the 2010 elections.

Reminder: Liberals Not the Obstacle to Passing Health Care Reform

By: Thursday March 4, 2010 6:20 pm

People still have a problem being truthful about what’s stopping the House from passing a health care bill tomorrow. House liberals have brooked every compromise, made every harsh vote, lost virtually every big fight, and still backed the bill. Raul Grijalva, who just, um, a day ago talked about leaning no on the final passage, heard enough happy talk from Barack Obama to flip right back to support today. That was never, ever in doubt. They’ll accept the assurance from the President that he will sign the Senate bill and the reconciliation sidecar in tandem, and that’s that. They don’t need much convincing. . . .

Top 20 Democrats Who Could Lose Their Seats over Health Care Vote

By: Wednesday January 6, 2010 11:50 am

It’s going to be awfully difficult for some of these Democrats to explain why they want a seat in Congress in the first place if all they’re doing is supporting the decree by the Senate that the House is now irrelevant. But even if they get past that, they’ll have to justify voting for a mandate that forces people to pay almost as much to private insurance companies as they do in federal taxes, and allows Aetna to use the IRS as their collection agency — unpopular with Democrats, Republicans and Independents.

Breaking Down the House Whip Count on Health Care’s Final Passage

By: Thursday December 31, 2009 9:30 am

While lots of House Blue Dogs say they’re keeping an open mind on the final vote, nothing has changed on the political landscape where the same people continually worried about challenges from their right and habitually unwilling to take stands on Democratic priorities and principles would suddenly change their worldviews. I would be surprised if more than a handful changed their vote. Which means that Speaker Pelosi will have a difficult job getting to 218, no matter what comes out of the conference committee.

Will Blue Dogs Risk Their Seats to Pass Health Care?

By: Tuesday December 29, 2009 7:45 am

Many have asked if the progressives in the House will stick together and keep the health care bill from passing if it has mandates but no public option. My answer is: it depends.

I’m frankly not sure how they hope to hold this thing together, because the one thing members fear more than anything is losing their seats. Rahm never worries about the progressives because they have no financial base and they’re in strong Democratic districts, so they risk a lot less voting for a bailout than those in close seats. This time around, there may be enough progressives who are willing to join with the Blue Dogs and vote against a bill with a mandate, but no public option alternative, to push it over the top (or under the minimum of needed votes, as the case may be).

Financial Reform Bill Passes (with No Help from the Corporate Whore All-Stars)

By: Friday December 11, 2009 4:30 pm

The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009, one of the most sweeping regulatory changes to the financial industry since the Great Depression, passed the House of Representatives today by a final vote of 223-202. On final passage, 27 Democrats voted no along with every Republican voting.

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