Dem Congressman on ObamaCare delay: “I may as well retire”

posted at 10:12 am on January 15, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Give yourself a moment to think about what Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) tells his House colleagues, as reported by Politico, during the negotiations on ObamaCare.  Pomeroy, whose Senate colleague Byron Dorgan suddenly retired and left a safe seat ripe for a Republican takeover in November, tells his caucus that the long debate over ObamaCare has left him so vulnerable at home that he may as well join Dorgan for retirement — or more likely in both cases, a new career in Beltway lobbying.  But what does that really say about Pomeroy’s performance as a Representative for his constituents — and that of the other Representatives quoted in this article?

Democrats moved closer to a final deal on health care reform Thursday — and for some vulnerable members, the end can’t come soon enough.

In an emotional talk with other Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee this week, North Dakota Rep. Earl Pomeroy said the protracted debate is hurting him so badly back home that he might as well retire if it drags on much longer.

A Democrat who attended the Ways and Means session said Pomeroy was “very angry” as he spoke about the delay. “Other folks were upset, but he was the maddest by far.”

“I believe Congress needs to resolve fairly quickly this protracted health care debate,” Pomeroy told POLITICO on Thursday. “We have a number of other issues that haven’t been able to get enough attention, because health care is taking up all the floor time, all of the attention. We need to move on.”

Pomeroy isn’t alone in this, although he’s the only one publicly acknowledging that his longtime sinecure in the House may be coming to an end.  John Boccieri (D-OH), Jason Altmire (D-PA), and Steve Dreihaus (D-OH) all say the same thing — that they need to get this off the table so that they can focus on economic policy and job creation.  They need to show their constituents that they’re paying attention to the real crisis in the US.

So what’s stopping them?  Even the White House hinted at back-burnering the ObamaCare debate for a “hard pivot” to the economy.  Instead, the Democrats continue to use all of their energy attempting to shove through Congress a bill so unpopular that almost every major pollster shows it under water, and has for months.  Meanwhile, the economy continues to bleed jobs, and the next item on the Democratic agenda is a cap-and-trade bill that will kill even more of them.

Pomeroy will get retired from the House, along with more than a few of his caucus colleagues, because they stopped listening to their constituents.  All they needed to do was to tell Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama to get a clue as to what constitutes the real economic crisis in the country.  Instead of representing their constituents, they represented Pelosi and Obama — and the voters will replace them with candidates who understand their priorities better.


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How in the world does it make sense to ignore the voters for Sen. Reid and Speaker Pelosi, especially since one of those folks is likely not to be there next year?

Cindy Munford on January 15, 2010 at 11:45 AM

How in the world does it make sense to ignore the voters for Sen. Reid and Speaker Pelosi, especially since one of those folks is likely not to be there next year?

Cindy Munford on January 15, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Liberals want power, and they will kill to get it, literally kill people to get that power.

uknowmorethanme on January 15, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Breaking… Obama announces new job creation initiative: Rebuilding Haiti. Reconstruction will be partnered with General Electric and financed by cuts in Medicare and Defense. Twenty million jobs to be created/saved.

petefrt on January 15, 2010 at 11:30 AM

And just in..
New Civil Service “Volunteers” (GOPers, conservatives, libertarians, Independent voters, outspoken veterans, etc.) among the first to be flown in for the Reconstruction!

Badger40 on January 15, 2010 at 12:21 PM

literally kill people to get that power.

uknowmorethanme on January 15, 2010 at 11:55 AM

I’m really beginning to wonder.
They cannot honestly be this blatantly suicidal.
There has to be something else to this, other than the fact that they are just that arrogant that they think nothing will affect them.

Badger40 on January 15, 2010 at 12:22 PM

You shoulda thought of that before you sold us down the river, Earl.

Cylor on January 15, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Congressman, Please Do.

lonestar1 on January 15, 2010 at 1:56 PM

RNC: Here’s the plan… hang Pelosi around EVERY DEMOCRAT’s neck, from now until election day. Don’t focus on unemployment figures or anything specific– make PELOSI their George Bush. She is toxic, and has no positives outside of her pink as cotton candy demographic.

‘When [Dem candidate X] should have been focusing on national security and deficit control, [he/she] caved in to the leftist priorities of Nancy Pelosi and ignored YOU, the taxpayer who pays the bills in Washington.”

It will work, trust me.

leftnomore on January 15, 2010 at 1:56 PM

“We have a number of other issues that haven’t been able to get enough attention, because health care is taking up all the floor time, all of the attention. We need to move on.”

Notice, Pomeroy thinks his constituents are mad at him only because Congress is neglecting other issues. It still isn’t sinking in that the proposed health care bills themselves are a cause of constituent anger.

LarryD on January 15, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Yeah you might as well retire since you won’t be coming back in 2011. You’ve misrepresented ND for far too long.

alteredbeat on January 15, 2010 at 2:32 PM

John Boccieri (D-OH), Jason Altmire (D-PA), and Steve Dreihaus (D-OH) all say the same thing — that they need to get this off the table so that they can focus on economic policy and job creation.

Oh, by all means, please do turn your extraordinary powers and wisdom loose on these problems and 2000-to-3000 pages later no doubt you’ll create another bill which spends and taxes without limit and accomplishes exactly nothing. I am in aware of you, my betters.

/s^23

ya2daup on January 15, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Earl Pomeroy on ObamaCare delay: “I may as well retire”

So what’s stopping you? Don’t let the door hit you in the a$$ on your way out!

ya2daup on January 15, 2010 at 3:11 PM

He can’t retire now. He hasn’t struck a deal with Obie yet on which ambasadorship he is going to get. Obie wants to give him Haiti but he is holding out for the Court of St. James.

TimothyJ on January 15, 2010 at 3:18 PM

don’t let the door hit you…………..

RealMc on January 15, 2010 at 3:54 PM

LarryD on January 15, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Local radio talk shows I hear snippets of from Fargo, Bismarck, etc. as I drive home for 15 minutes/day have been on this topic a lot.
North Dakotans are really PO’d about this.
And it’s like he doesn’t give a crap about what we think.
He’s been in DC too long.
We rural folks are not as dumb as he is by a long shot.

Badger40 on January 15, 2010 at 5:08 PM

If these idiots would loosen their ties a bit they would feel the lynch rope knot under them. Really too stupid to understand that they will lose the house and possibly the senate this november………..OOPS!!!!!!!!!

JohnD9207 on January 15, 2010 at 9:56 PM

We need to move on.

Easily done. Publicly declare that under no circumstances will you vote for a health care bill that does anything but remove Federal hindrances from the free market, and present a convincing case why that is both moral and practical. You could be re-elected in all but a handful of districts for the next 100 years that way.

JDPerren on January 15, 2010 at 10:19 PM

I have your theme song for you, departing Dems -

Dust in the wind,

All we are is dust in the wind,

Dust in the wind,

Everything is dust in the wind.

dissent555 on January 16, 2010 at 12:02 AM

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