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39 Lone Voices Of Sanity

posted at 10:35 am on November 8, 2009 by

The NYTimes runs a handy graphic on the 39 Democrats who overcame their party’s collective insanity and voted for a free future, good healthcare, and a viable economy.

It’s illuminating – all but five of them came from districts that either McCain won, or that had voted Republican up until 2008.,  Tellingly, six of the last were from former Republican districts and won their seats by less than five points – in several cases, by less than a point.  Tuesday’s election results had to have had an extra impact there.  

Many, like Collin Peterson, represent solidly Republican areas, and are as safe as can be (Peterson won his last race by 45 points).  Others, like Dennis Kucinich, apparently were angered by the fact the bill doesn’t give full benefits to plants.

  All but 14 are classed as “Blue Dogs”.

Remember – this is a 39 vote swing in a chamber with a 75 vote Democrat majority.  Passing Pelosicare should have been as simple as counting the votes.

Why the swing?  Why did Nancy Pelosi come five votes from failing?

Because of you.  You turned out at town halls and tea parties. You endured the insults and the mockery of the misbegotten “elites”.  You flipped a big group bird at the “conventional wisdom”.  And you almost pulled off the impossible – turning a near-supermajority against itself.

Don’t think the Senate – where we need two votes – is paying attention?

Cross-posted at Shot In The Dark.

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The 39 remained safe and the witch got her bill passed. Hoyer made my blood boil when he announced it with ‘bi-partisan support’. Don’t support any of these dems next year who have to run just because they voted no. Find some conservatives to run against them and clean house.

Kissmygrits on November 8, 2009 at 11:34 AM

“Others, like Dennis Kucinich, apparently were angered by the fact the bill doesn’t give full benefits to plants.”

Thanks, Mitch, for a good laugh. I personally know Dennis, and you’d have to live in his district to understand how close to the truth your comment really is.

GrannyDee on November 8, 2009 at 1:22 PM

This bill did not pass with a five vote margin. If three representatives had voted differently the bill would have failed 217 for, 218 against.

They passed this by three votes.

Stephen Macklin on November 8, 2009 at 1:39 PM

KMG – Then get on your phone to your Senator, and next fall GO to your precinct caucuses, and GET elected to higher party office, and PUSH real conservatives into elections.

GrannyD – Heh! Glad to help!

Mr. Macklin – Tomato, Tomahto. It passed by about 40 votes less than the conventional wisdom said it should have. Which is a good sign for us in re the Senate.

As the great sage Dan Rather said, “courage”.

Mitch_Berg on November 8, 2009 at 1:54 PM

I appreciate their vote. The question is how did they vote on the stimulus, Cap & Tax etc?

The most egregious vote is for whom did they vote for Speaker?

Credo on November 9, 2009 at 6:53 AM