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North Carolina’s Bob Etheridge

Thursday, March 18, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Three North Carolina Democrats are likely to oppose Obamacare. One, Bob Etheridge, is on the fence. Help push him into the “no” column.

Rep. Bob Etheridge
D.C. Office: (202) 225-4531
Raleigh: 1-888-262-6202 (BOB-NC02)

Etheridge already has two declared opponents, and a “yes” vote this weekend could draw a third.



“He Used To Be A Congressman”: Altmire, Boccieri, Cardoza, Costa, Spence

Thursday, March 18, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Release of the CBO fairy tale puts the Obamacare vote on a schedule for a Sunday showdown, and the collection of Hamlets/Machiavells who are Democrats on the fence fail to realize that the longer they take to declare their votes, the greater the political damage they suffer. If they eventually topple to Pelosi this weekend, they will have succeeded only in drawing enormous attention to their curved heels. If they do so for a special deal, the fury of their constituents at being thought purchasable will be extraordinary. Dennis Cardoza and Jim Costa of California’s tortured Central Valley, where environmentalists have succeeded in shutting off water to this agricultural giant, seem to be in the latter group, trying to get some waiver from the Endangered Species Act which would never survive reconciliation in the Senate, but again demonstrating in the process their utter impotence and incompetence throughout the Delta smelt dispute.

Cardoza and Costa could easily have survived the coming GOP wave had they just said “no” to Obamacare and had they truly been working on the smelt issue all along. But they are careerist Democrats, and their maneuverings are as predictable and cynical as they will be unavailing in the November blowback.

Altmire, Boccieri, and Space, on the other had, could have held on to their seats and might still if they simply and firmly say “no.” Their districts are “no” districts –solidly “no” districts. Pelosi cannot offer them anything to compensate for the self-inflicted political wounds they are receiving every day. Politico says Boccieri received 10,000 e-mails. Far more I suspect given that this site and the sites of my colleagues Bennett, Gallagher, Prager and Medved have generated more than a million e-mails in the last few days.

Worse than e-mails, though, Boccieri’s Hamlet act has given his opponent Jim Renacci a huge visibility push, just as Altmire’s dithering has boosted Mary Beth Buchanan. The contributions are pouring into Renacci and Buchanan, and if either Boccieri or Altmire vote “yes” they will be identified as a national priority for defeat for the next six months, and the gang will say “good riddance.”

There are others in the Altmire/Boccieri camp, like Zack Space, who are just beginning to feel the political heat that would come with a “yes” vote. They have thus far avoided most of the national pressure, but a “yes” vote on the “Slaughter Solution” or the final bill itself will brand them. The NRCC will coordinate the identification of the Democrats who voted to destroy the health care system, but even if the House GOP didn’t, the new media will slice and dice the vote list. Some sad sack will think that if they declare “no” at the last minute because Nancy Pelsoi gave them a hall pass that they will have a defense against the political payback on November 2 –another example of old thinking in the new age.

Everyone knows every trick and nobody is fooled. That is what is so amazing about this debate and drama. The Congressmen presuming to radically change American healthcare aren’t even smart enough to know that we know what they are doing.

Keep calling and keep e-mailing. Keep the contributions flowing to Renacci and Buchanan. There is still a chance that Altmire and Boccieri and those like them will wake up to the fact they are nine months from unemployment or a fourth tier job in a lame duck Administration and declare their opposition in time for that declaration to make a difference.

Jason Altmire:
D.C.: 202-225-2565
Aliquippa: 724-378-0928
Natrona Heights: 724-226-1304
Opponent: Mary Beth Buchanan

Rep. John Boccieri
D.C. Phone: (202) 225-3876
Canton: (330) 489-4414
Opponent: Jim Renacci

Rep. Dennis Cardoza
D.C. Phone: (202) 225-6131; 800-356-6424
Merced: (209) 383-4455
Stockton: (209) 946-0361
Modesto: (209) 527-1914
Opponent: Mike Berryhill

Rep. Jim Costa
D.C. Phone: 202-225-3341
Bakersfield: 661-869-1620
Fresno: 559-495-1620
Opponent: Andy Vidak

Rep. Zack Space
DC Phone: (202) 225-6265
Dover (330) 364-4300;
Zanesville (740) 452-6338;
Chillicothe (740) 779-1636
Link to E-mail

Rep. John Barrow:
D.C. (202) 225-2823
Augusta: (706)722-4494
Savannah: (912) 354-7282

Rep. John Adler
D.C.: (202) 225-4765
Toms River: (732) 608-7235

Rep. Dan Maffei:
D.C.: (202) 225-3701
Syracuse: (315) 423-5657

Rep. Michael Arcuri:
D.C.: 202-225-3665
Utica: 315-793-8146/8147

Michael McMahon:
D.C.: (202) 225-3371
Staten Island: (718) 351-1062
Brooklyn: (718) 630-5277
E-mail (Use zip code 10306).

The Kanagaroo Congress of 2010, Part 2

Wednesday, March 17, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza notes that “Congress’ approval rating is starting to approach historic lows in two new national polls,” and that was before the Pelosi Democrats began their unconstitutional imitation of a banana republic’s legislature. The trend towards a historic wipeout of House Dems is unmistakable, which may be why no announcement of a firm date for a vote on Obamacare has yet been made.

The Politico’s lead story on the struggle over the bill notes three Dems in particular as the focus of enormous pressure from the president and the Speaker: Ohio’s Mary Kaptur, Pennsylvania’s Jason Altmire and New York’s Mike McMahon.

Kaptur has long declared herself “pro-life” but appears poised to shed that camouflage. Altmire and McMahon both voted “no” last year, and a “yes” vote now immediately puts them at the top of the national target list in November.

Here are the numbers for all three:

Marcy Kaptur:
D.C.: (202) 225-4146
Toledo: (800)964-4699 or (419) 259-7500
E-mail (use zip code 43604).

Jason Altmire:
D.C.: 202-225-2565
Aliquippa: 724-378-0928
Natrona Heights: 724-226-1304

Michael McMahon:
D.C.: (202) 225-3371
Staten Island: (718) 351-1062
Brooklyn: (718) 630-5277
E-mail (Use zip code 10306).

Today’s virtual fundraiser is for Mary Beth Buchanan who is challenging Altmire. Buchanan is a former United States Attorney for western PA, and you can contribute online here.

There is no better way to get Altmire’s attention than with a contribution to Buchanan and a note to Altmire promising more where that came from if he votes for Obamacare this week or next.

And there’s a list of additional targets for your activism two posts below.

Please start with the “Say No To Obamacare” button in the top right hand corner of this site as it e-mails your Member of Congress and automatically is sent on to the 58 Blue Dog Democrats as well.


How To Cover The Kangaroo Congress of 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Interview serious people about the serious issues now. Count votes later.

Here’s the transcript of the interview I conducted today with Stanford Law Professor Michael McConnell –formerly a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge McConnell makes the very convincing case that the Pelosi procedure in the House –the “Slaughter solution”– is simply and obviously unconstitutional. We discuss how, when and where such a challenge will arrive. The Democrats who hope that the issue will disappear this summer are using sham rules that will guarantee that the process remains front and center throughout the seven months of campaigning ahead.

Here’s the transcript of the interview I conducted with House GOP Whip Eric Cantor. Cantor’s view of the Pelosi jam down: “[I]t is utterly amazing that we are even discussing such a maneuver.” He’s right, of course, and the Democrats’s chorus of “process doesn’t matter” is complete proof that it does. The Constitution matters to everyone except the Obama-Pelosi Democrats.

The transcripts of my conversations today with Mitt Romney and Senate GOP Whip Jon Kyl will be posted here later.

Democrats who vote for this bill will be defeated in huge numbers. Those who pretend that the “Slaughter solution” is other than an assault on the Constitution’s clear language won’t have a chance. The American people are fully engaged and deeply appalled by these shenanigans. No amount of spin can possibly change their impression of the fundamental error of what the Democrats are doing.

The assault on the Constitution –the base trickery of the rules– will become an even bigger burden than the already self-destrutive Obamacare. “Repeal the Deal” will be the only campaign slogan every Republican needs between now and November.

See the posts below for the numbers to call and the incumbents to pressure.


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