Sunday, August 30, 2009

Obama Democratic Legislator Allegiances Fading As of March, 2009

Keith Koffler's article in Roll Call is a bit dated (3/30/09), but it was prophetic. Given the raging health care debate with hard working Americans fighting back Obama's socialist health care and other policies and democratic legislators fear of losing seats in Nov, 2010 due to this, his democratic 'friends' on the Hill even back in March were leery of his direction.

As of five months ago they were somewhat distancing themselves from Obama and not sending messages to their constituents that they are wedded to his direction for America. Given his failed policies to date and a disastrous health care proposal, as confirmed by America at-large, I'm sure we will see more and more democrats keeping their political distance from Mr.Obama in order to keep their jobs come Nov., 2010.

Read the full transcript of Keith's article in Roll Call. The following are some democratic legislator's quotes from his article and remember, this was as of 3/30/09.

Signs of some of the dissing to come were evident in January, before Obama took office, when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) said, “I don’t work for Barack Obama.” Much of the current chatter has centered on Obama’s budget, with Democrats more than a little concerned about how they will explain gargantuan deficits to the voters back home. Centrists such as Sens. Evan Bayh (Ind.) and Jim Webb (Va.) have been heard muttering about the need for fiscal discipline.

Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (N.D.), who is close to Obama, nevertheless shook his head at the deficits Obama was running and curled them back in the Senate budget resolution proposed.Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.) can be found in the halls of the Capitol holding forth politely but determinedly to reporters about his concerns with the Obama budget.

Even Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye (Hawaii) has wondered aloud how much spending can be absorbed at once.

But the complaints haven’t been limited to moderates or the Obama budget. Liberal Sen. Russ Feingold (Wis.) said Obama was not going far enough to curb earmarks, accusing him of trying to “fine-tune a fundamentally flawed process.” He teamed with Obama’s vanquished opponent, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), to begin a crusade for the return of the line-item veto.Just Friday, Feingold questioned Obama’s new war strategy, saying, “The proposed military escalation in Afghanistan, without an adequate strategy in Pakistan, could make the situation worse, not better.” Obama has gotten even more pushback on earmarks. In a recent White House meeting with senior Democrats, the president got an earful about how earmarking was a right of lawmakers he should stop trampling on.

“I don’t think the White House has the ability to tell us what to do,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.) told reporters.

And the irrepressible guardian of the Senate, Robert Byrd (W.Va.), fired off a letter last month to Obama skewering his metastasizing system of White House czars, who wield enormous power in areas such as health and energy but need not answer to the Congress.

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