Oh my: House Democrats launch ads touting opposition to Obama, Pelosi

posted at 7:06 pm on August 25, 2010 by Allahpundit

Fun fun fun from Tapper, who’s got a must-see highlight reel of the best spots. If you don’t have time to watch them all, at least check out Bobby Bright’s spot. Good lord — the man makes Dale Peterson look like a communist. Just switch parties already.

How far is Team Democrat willing to go to “re-brand” after 19 ruinous months of Hopenchange, with a near-majority of likely voters now calling Obama’s views “extreme”? A possible leading indicator:

Mr. Blumenauer, a seven-term congressman from Portland, Ore., is nobody’s idea of a centrist. Bow-tied and erudite in the manner of a prep school headmaster, he is known mostly as a champion of bicycle paths and light rail. (He bikes his way around both Washington and Portland and formed the Bicycle Caucus in the House.) The liberal League of Conservation Voters most recently gave him a perfect 100 rating, while the conservative National Taxpayers Union gave him an “F.”…

Mr. Blumenauer doesn’t argue that government does too much, or that programs like Social Security and Medicare aren’t vital. Rather, in two recent conversations about the nation’s finances, Mr. Blumenauer argued that if Democrats really want to protect a vast array of federal programs from repeated Republican onslaughts, then they need to bring the costs of the programs in line with reality.

Otherwise, he said, liberals only make it easier for conservative critics of social spending to undermine the entire premise of liberal government. And they make it that much harder to propose new and much-needed investments in, say, infrastructure and education.

In fairness, that’s less a case of re-branding than some strategic thinking about how best to preserve the welfare state, but both this and the ads are motivated by the same thing — fear of a giant red wave in November. In fact, guess which tea-party radical in Colorado said the following at a town hall earlier this week, amid other comments about how we need to rein in public-sector salaries: “We have managed to acquire $13 trillion of debt on our balance sheet [and] in my view we have nothing to show for it.” Ken Buck, you say? Not quite.

Rather than devote free space to an ad from some phony conservative Blue Dog, I’ll leave you with the first spot of the season from our man in Florida.


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It gets ugly in a hurry when the kids in the cool clique start to turn on each other.

Lily on August 25, 2010 at 7:09 PM

THEY DON’T GIVE A RIP!

blatantblue on August 25, 2010 at 7:09 PM

I guess the Blue dogs are gonna rename themselves “Chuck Norris” Democrats, LOL!

abobo on August 25, 2010 at 7:09 PM

The key question is: Will these “Conservative” Democrats vote for Nancy Pelosi to be Speaker of the House?

Save them the fight with Pelosi! Don’t vote for any Democrats in 2010!

wren on August 25, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Am I crazy? How old is Rubio? He doesn’t look old enough to have parents that were adults during the depression–that’s what the old sepia-tone pictures look like to me. It’s just weird.

Pilgrimsarbour on August 25, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Reagan portraits start sprouting throughout the democrat wing of the congress buildings.

Bishop on August 25, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Will they vote for the D as speaker if the dems keep majority? If so, they are liberals.

lorien1973 on August 25, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Yeah, Earl Blumenauer, from the one-party state that’s going to let Kitzhaber, of all people, become its first three-term governor.

Too little, too late. Anything Democrat=Obama, and November is Anybody But Obama Month.

Christien on August 25, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Mr. Blumenauer doesn’t argue that government does too much, or that programs like Social Security and Medicare aren’t vital. Rather, in two recent conversations about the nation’s finances, Mr. Blumenauer argued that if Democrats really want to protect a vast array of federal programs from repeated Republican onslaughts, then they need to bring the costs of the programs in line with reality.

It’s always that they aren’t doing it smart enough. It’s never that it was wrong to begin with.

stldave on August 25, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Pilgrimsarbour on August 25, 2010 at 7:13 PM

His parents were Cuban.

Holger on August 25, 2010 at 7:20 PM

LOL!!! Tapper did this ‘cuz he’s pissed sitting up at MV watching uhbuhma order shrimp…guaranteed!!!!

winston on August 25, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Do like… any of our elected leaders…. lead anymore? Or are they all just espousing whatever the trending ideologies du jour are?

Dear God, it’s no wonder our leaders don’t read the bills they’ve authored. They hire people to tell them what to say, what to wear and what laws to write and have no personal stake in anything they do… unless they’re on the extremes…

Skywise on August 25, 2010 at 7:21 PM

The Healthcare debate this year showed everyone that THERE ARE NO MODERATE DEMOCRATS.

portlandon on August 25, 2010 at 7:22 PM

The new purple dog democrats.

Dhuka on August 25, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Earl Blumenauer? Barf. That bow-tied hack shifting to the “fiscal” edge is ridiculous beyond words.

portlandon on August 25, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Stupak’er (noun): Blue Dog, or conservative, Dem who will say anything to get elected, then feign stupendously serious examination of conscience (but not the bills they’ll vote on) and miraculously change their position and vote with liberals and progressives.

Dusty on August 25, 2010 at 7:26 PM

After watching those D ads denying that they voted for TARP, bailouts, carbon tax or healthcare – one wonders just how all those were passed! Thank God there are so many Democrats fighting the overspending by Pelosi… or Obama … or someone.

sirnapsalot on August 25, 2010 at 7:27 PM

The Healthcare debate this year showed everyone that THERE ARE NO MODERATE DEMOCRATS.

portlandon on August 25, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Yeah, just like McCain’s antics through the years showed Republicans that he can’t be trusted.

For it is the doom of men that they forget.’

sharrukin on August 25, 2010 at 7:28 PM

portlandon on August 25, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Word. But the trustifarians in pdx all chant “eliminate the kicker” and ol’ Earl’s good to go.

Christien on August 25, 2010 at 7:29 PM

Wow … who woulda thought Obama and his cronies would be so unpopular?

Glenn Nye is my guy. He’s in a heavy conservative and miltary district and has been protected by the dem leadership. He voted no on health care but only because the House had enough votes already.

He’s a democrat, that’s enough of a reason to say goodbye.

darwin on August 25, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Rather than devote free space to an ad from some phony conservative Blue Dog, I’ll leave you with the first spot of the season from our man in Florida.
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I salute you for that AP:)

canopfor on August 25, 2010 at 7:35 PM

I guess the Blue dogs are gonna rename themselves “Chuck Norris” Democrats, LOL!

abobo on August 25, 2010 at 7:09 PM

I’m still pissed at that idiot Chuck Norris. If it wasn’t for his endorsement of Huckabee, he would have stayed a second tier candidate. Then old Maverick McCain would never have gotten the GOP endorsement.

Tommy_G on August 25, 2010 at 7:35 PM

How about countering, a vote for any Democrat is a vote for Pelosi?

They make too easy of a target.

tarpon on August 25, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Am I crazy? How old is Rubio? He doesn’t look old enough to have parents that were adults during the depression–that’s what the old sepia-tone pictures look like to me. It’s just weird.

Pilgrimsarbour on August 25, 2010 at 7:13 PM

His parents fled Cuba when Castro came to power in 1959.

LASue on August 25, 2010 at 7:37 PM

It seems that the silver lining that I predicted the day Obama was elected is certainly coming true:

4 years of Obama as president will do more long term damage to the Democrat brand than Obama losing the election would.

And it turn out to take only half that amount of time.

Scrappy on August 25, 2010 at 7:39 PM

A TV ad for Rep. Bobby Bright, D-Ala., heralds how he “voted against the bailouts, against stimulus spending, against the massive government health care,” not to mention the “trillion dollar federal budget.”
-Independent Conservative

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Without Barack Obama at the top of the Democratic ticket in 2008, Bright might never have made it to Washington – at least not as a Democrat. Alabama’s 2nd District has been represented by Republicans for over 40 years, but in November 2008 he eked out a narrow victory over Republican Jay Love, thanks to Obama’s popularity with black Southern voters and the resulting “coattail” effect.

http://www.whorunsgov.com/Profiles/Bobby_Bright

canopfor on August 25, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Where were all these so-called Blue Democrats back when they were fasttracking all these bills through? They cannot be let off the hook now – they’ve done the damage, and they must pay.

silvernana on August 25, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Just say NO to all Democrats. If they recant and trim now why should we assume that they’ll not go back to their old ways after saying, “Thanks, suckers!”

Mason on August 25, 2010 at 7:47 PM

I can see the Democratic line for the campaigns this fall:

“I was never party to anything Pelosi wanted”

GarandFan on August 25, 2010 at 7:48 PM

I can see the Democratic line for the campaigns this fall:

“I was never party to anything Pelosi wanted”

GarandFan on August 25, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Sounds just like the Nazi’s “We were only following orders” excuse. Lets hope it’s just as effective.

Tommy_G on August 25, 2010 at 7:50 PM

They cannot walk it back or run it back or rely upon amnesia! They just emphasize their lying hypocrisy even more and they are going to lose big. I want to hear it loud and clear when it happens, “Give me that damn gavel!” I still think her handing it over should be well documented with the best 12 pictures going to make a calendar, we can send it to all of the Democrats.

bluemarlin on August 25, 2010 at 7:54 PM

I was streaming the Special Report panel at 7:00 this evening. Mark Tapscott was one of the members. They were talking about the amount of money spent in the primaries, Mr. Tapscott said he was reminded of a Dolly Parton line, “it takes a lot of money to look this cheap” he said that it took a lot of money to make McCain look conservative.

Cindy Munford on August 25, 2010 at 8:05 PM

My question to these democrats and some republicans is: Where were you when we were calling and begging for self-control?

mobydutch on August 25, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Rep. Jason Altmire, D-Penn., is up on the air in Western Pennsylvania heralding his opposition to the Democrats’ health care reform bill and the Wall Street bailout.
–ABC News
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A respected voice on health-care policy and a Blue Dog Democrat, Altmire voted against the House Democrats’ health-care reform bill in committee, but is open to supporting another version that better controls costs.

http://www.whorunsgov.com/Profiles/Jason_Altmire
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His oppopsition to Democrat’s HeathCare,but,he’ll support
another version,ummmmmm Liberal doublespeak!
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Personal Agendas in Washington it seems

“I don’t work for Nancy Pelosi, or Harry Reid, or anyone else,” says Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-NC. “I work for you.” He goes on to say he voted against the “Wall Street bailouts, the auto bailouts, the energy tax.”
-ABC News
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During the 2009 health-care debate, much of the focus has been on conservative Democrats

http://www.whorunsgov.com/Profiles/Mike_McIntyre
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Interesting,a Conservative Democrat!

Going against his own Party!

Rep. Glenn Nye, D-Va., has an ad heralding how he voted against the Democrats’ health care bill “because it cost too much and going against his own party he voted against the Wall Street bailout.”
-ABC News

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In 2008, Nye ran for Congress appealing to military voters in Virginia’s 2nd district, which includes Norfolk Navy Base and Langley Air Force Base, and hoping to affect U.S. policy in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since taking office, Nye has made waves on naval and veterans’ issues and has made visits to the two war zones

A Blue Dog Democrat, the freshmanwas aggressively courted in the health-care debate on Capitol Hill.

http://www.whorunsgov.com/Profiles/Glenn_Nye
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canopfor on August 25, 2010 at 8:09 PM

good ad from Marco.

ted c on August 25, 2010 at 8:12 PM

Those are pretty convincing Dem ads. Makes me sweat a little over November…

Scranton on August 25, 2010 at 8:18 PM

The ad for Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., says he voted against President Bush’s attempts to “privatize” Social Security “and Nancy Pelosi’s energy tax on Hoosier families.”

In another ad, Donnelly says his tough stance against illegal immigration “might not be what the Washington crowd wants” — as a picture flashes of President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, and House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio – “but I don’t work for them, I work for you.”
-ABC News

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He had to fend off Democratic pressure to back President Barack Obama’s top legislative priority because it could cause him difficulties in the 2010 election.

Donnelly, a fiscally conservative, anti-abortion rights Democrat, personally opposed many of the health-care changes sought by Democrats,

http://www.whorunsgov.com/Profiles/Joe_Donnelly
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So,the overall theme,is that the Liberal Democrats are working fr YOU,not them (The DNC)!!

And that they are Independant Conservative Republican
Liberal Democrat Socialist Progressives,er sumpin like
dat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on August 25, 2010 at 8:21 PM

developing from politico at drudge is that some dems are now “thinking” that the “house is gone.”

ted c on August 25, 2010 at 8:23 PM

People need to be careful. If they cast one procedural vote against the health care bill they can say they “voted against the health care bill”. Such parliamentary shenanigans would not be new. It’s all in the details.

paul1149 on August 25, 2010 at 8:28 PM

Bobby Bright may have voted against Porkulus, Obamacare and the Budget, but he voted for Nancy Pelosi when it came time to organize. That one vote outweighs all the others.

And if Nancy Pelosi needed his vote on any of those bills, she would certainly have had it. Blue Dogs only bark when they have their Mistress’ permission.

Haiku Guy on August 25, 2010 at 8:33 PM

developing from politico at drudge is that some dems are now “thinking” that the “house is gone.”

ted c on August 25, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Not a shocker, we always knew they were a bit slow!

bluemarlin on August 25, 2010 at 8:37 PM

Heh. I met Bobby Bright when he was Mayor of Montgomery.

flipflop on August 25, 2010 at 8:37 PM

Who’s kidding whom: Blue Dog Democrats = Obama Snoop Dog Democrats.

BuckeyeSam on August 25, 2010 at 9:02 PM

The health care bill taught us that there’s no such thing as a conservative or pro-life democrat. They are ALL prostitutes, some democrats just charge more than others.

Mojave Mark on August 26, 2010 at 12:47 AM

“Investing” in education, what absolute nonsense.

We’re “investing” in teacher’s unions and a tragically failed public school monopoly.

Doesn’t matter how much money you “invest” or throw at a broken system, it’s not going to help the kids.

NoDonkey on August 26, 2010 at 4:34 AM

The so-called Blue Dog Democrat in my district, Gabby Giffords, is running t.v. ads non-stop already. The ads say nothing about her yes votes for TARP, the “stimulus,” and the HC boondoggle. Before the votes, Tusconans were demonstrating in the streets (and outside Giffords’ office here), and demanding she vote no. She ignored us. Her current ads say nothing about any of her controversial votes; all they say is that she has “consistently” demanded better border enforcement (which is funny, because she once called some Tucson Tea Partiers “racists” for wanting more border security).

This voter can’t wait to see this hypocritical “blue dog” booted out of office. I hope when it happens, they can hear her howling all the way to Houston (where she really lives).

AZCoyote on August 26, 2010 at 7:06 AM

Well LIbs eat their young. They are ruthless. We’re stuck with the crap they approved without reading. Just remember that. ‘We have to pass it so we can see whats in it’. I am taking THAT to the polls with me.

johnnyU on August 26, 2010 at 8:08 AM

The Healthcare debate this year showed everyone that THERE ARE NO MODERATE DEMOCRATS.

portlandon on August 25, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Absolutely. That’s why the former “blue dogs” are now pushing their “independence” with I-work-for-you-not-the-president ads.

Extrafishy on August 26, 2010 at 8:34 AM

canopfor on August 25, 2010

The only Obama-backed bills that Dipsh*t Donnelly voted against were bills that had already passed without his vote. He then received permission to vote against them so that he would look more conservative to his district. He is an Obama-fellating turd who voted for Obamacare and covers his spotty a$$ on that vote by claiming to have authored the executive order that Obama signed (supposedly) maintaining the Hyde Amendment. It won’t, but he doesn’t want us to know that until after the election. Unfortunately, this district is so polluted by sh*t-for-brains Democrats and union members that he is likely to be reelected though he deserves to be sent back to chasing ambulances.

Extrafishy on August 26, 2010 at 8:43 AM

If you’d told me two years ago that DEMOCRAT legislators would be using the term “conservative” to describe themselves in their own campaign ads … I’d have laughed.

Even in the deep South, that’s pretty telling. Less than two years out from the Great HopeNChange Marxist Revolution, and Democrats are trying to mimic Republicans just to keep their seats.

It’s pretty amazing. Spectacular, actually. And its going to be so darn much fun to watch for the next couple months.

I won’t go so far as to say Barry O is the worst President evah … but I think its safe to say that he’s among the worst leaders of a political party in a generation or two. He has single-handedly brought about the most rapid political 180 I’ve ever seen.

2 years ago, Democrats were going to be the majority forever. Today, I’m not entirely sure they’ll exist in a decade.

If I’d known all this, I would have voted for Obama myself. The entertainment value alone is almost worth the pain of picking up his mess.

Professor Blather on August 26, 2010 at 9:43 AM

The danger here is that too many voters do not pay attention and these ads are there main source of info on their congress critters. These ads may convince a lot of people who only pay attention in the last few weeks of the campaigns. In fact, after seeing weeks of these ads many voters will be thinking that ‘Hey, there must be an election coming up or something…’.

sirnapsalot on August 26, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Isn’t it just a lil to late to “re-brand” yourselves now???

You stood by Nancy every step of the way. You gave her what she wanted, you accepted bribes, and pay offs to do so, or you just flat out agreed with her, and voted for all the crap she, and Obama wanted.

It’s to late. You are now labeled the liberal, big government, big spender that you are. I will accept no imitations!!

capejasmine on August 26, 2010 at 12:06 PM