My Washington Examiner column looks at the nightmare ahead for Democrats if the jam down Obamacare this week –one that doesn’t end in 2010, but which continues into the redistricted districts of 2012 and far beyond.
But the president and Nancy Pelosi will push as hard as they can this very week, so start with a the “Say No To Obamacare” box in the upper-right nad corner of this page that will send an e-mail to your Member of Congress and then automatically send it to the 58 so-called “Blue Dog Democrats.” You might inlcude a link to this Wall Street Journal story on the polling showing overwhelming opposition to Obamacare in swing districts.
Then stop by the website of Tim Burns, the GOP candidate in the special election to replace Jack Murtha, and give him some bucks. A wave of support for him will signal all vulnerable Democrats how the money bombs will drop if they vote for Obamacare.
Then the same drill from Friday:
Hone in on these two new targets, identified by Jay Cost’s reporting: New York’s Tim Bishop (NY-1) and Arizona’s Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-8).
Bishop is being challenged by Chris Cox, Richard Nixon’s grandson and a formidable campaigner and fundraiser. Chris is demanding Bishop be held accountable on the Obamacare vote. Please consider a $25 or $50 contribution to Chris via his website, and then call or e-mail Bishop and let him know you contributed to Cox and there’s more where that came from if Bishop votes for Obamacare. Bishop’s contact info:
D.C. Office: Phone: (202) 225-3826
Fax: (202) 225-3143
Corum Office: (631) 696-6500
Southhampton Office: (631) 259-8450
Giffords represents the Tucson area has drawn many primary opponents, but the frontrunner is probably former state senator and Army officer Jonathan Paton. Again, if you can spare $25 or $50 to Paton’s campaign, follow up that contribution with a call to Giffords’ offices with the same message as above: There’s more where that came from if you vote for Obamacare.
Gifford’s contact info:
D.C. Office: Phone: (202) 225-2542
Fax: (202) 225-0378
Tucson Office: Phone: (520) 881-3588
Sierra Vista Office: Phone: (520) 459-3115
Wait, there’s more.
Colorado’s 4rth Congressional District should be a Republican seat and my friend Tom Lucero is running to take the seat back from Betsy Markey. Please donate to Tom and then let Markey know you don’t live in her district but that you will be sending more support to Lucero if she votes for Obamacare. Markey’s contact info:
D.C. Office: Phone: 202.225.4676
Fort Collins Office: 970.221.7110
Greeley Office: 970.351.6007
Lamar Office: 719.931.4003
Sterling Office: 970.522.0203
And that brings us to the Buckeyes. At least five of Ohio’s Democrats are on the fence and may vote against the bill. Please call them all. Zach Space especially has been swamped by calls and I urge you to continue to contact him again and again, and to find everyone you know who lives in his district or Ohio to do the same. Then repeat for Charlie Wilson and the others:
Rep. Zack Space – Ohio’s 18th District
DC Phone: (202) 225-6265
Dover (330) 364-4300;
Zanesville (740) 452-6338;
Chillicothe (740) 779-1636
Link to E-mail
Rep. Charles Wilson – 6th District
DC Phone: (202) 225-5705
Canfield (330) 533-7250;
Marietta (740) 376-0868;
Bridgeport (740) 633-5705;
Ironton (740) 533-9423;
Wellsville (330) 532-3740
Link to E-mail
Rep. Marcy Kaptur, 9th District
D.C. Phone: (202) 225-4146
Fax: (202) 225-7711
Toledo: (800) 964-4699 or (419) 259-7500
Rep. John Boccieri
D.C. Phone: (202) 225-3876
Canton: (330) 489-4414
Rep. Steve Driehaus
D.C. Phone: (202) 225-2216
Cincinnati: (513) 684-2723
To do everything requested in this post would take less than 90 minutes and cost less than $100. It is focused and effective activism against Obamacare. The more these phones ring and the e-mail inboxes fill up, the more these Members have to consider that a yes vote on Obamacare may cost them their jobs in November. The president and the speaker will be leaning on them, but what will either of them do for these men and women when, come next January, they are out of a job because of a vote for a risky and wildly unpopular scheme that cuts Medicare by a half trillion dollars?