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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.


The Kangaroo Congress of 2010: Is Voting For the “Slaughter Solution” An Even Worse Stain Than Voting For The Cornhusker Kickback?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

House Democratic leadership seems to have lost its collective mind with the embrace of the so-called “Slaughter Solution” that will “deem passed” the Senate bill without a straight vote.

This outrageous sleight-of-hand suspend the Constitution’s clear requirements. Every House member who votes “yes” on this rule not only votes for the Senate bill with all of its special interest provisions, they also vote to push the Constitution aside because the Speaker and the SEIU threatened them.

Every senator who goes along with the charade should it pass will also be part of the Kangaroo Congress of 2010. The class of 2012 will be defending their actions from this month 30 months from now, and those on the ballot in the fall can expect every ad to remind votersof this assault on the clear language of the Constitution.


In the event you missed it, key Democratic blogger Nate Silver posted a guide to the House Democrats facing the most pressure on Obamacare. Here are four names from that list and their D.C. and District office numbers:

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

New Jersey’s John Adler
D.C.: (202) 225-4765
Toms River: (732) 608-7235

New York’s Dan Maffei:
D.C.: (202) 225-3701
Syracuse: (315) 423-5657

New York’s Michael Arcuri:
D.C.: 202-225-3665
Utica: 315-793-8146/8147

Add to those calls calls made to the Ohio five, with contact listed here, starting with John Boccieri, as noted in the post immediately below.

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
District Phone:
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

San Fran Nan’s Human Sacrifice Club: Will Ohio’s John Boccieri Join?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The strange alliance between hard left San Fran Nan and the Chicago gang headquartered in the White House is pushing hard on first and second term Members of Congress to not only vote for a half trillion in Medicare cuts, the Cornhusker Kickback, the Louisiana Purchase and Gator Aid, but to do so while suspending the Constitution in the belief that voters are too stupid to notice.

This is political mass suicide.

As noted in yesterday’s column, this vote will not only sear scores of Democrats from swing districts, it will also cripple the Democratic Party for years to come, leaving it responsible for every failure of the suddenly top-down driven American health care system. As the Medicare cuts roll out, Medicare Advantage disappears, doctors refuse patients and the tax burden pushes millions from employees with health care into independent contractor status and looking through the so-called exchanges for plans that include the doctors they used to see, every single complaint, grievance and system failure will rightfully lay against the Democrats.

Many of them won’t survive the fall campaign to hear them. Take Ohio’s John Boccieri for example. The Canton Democrat is allegedly pro-life, but the Senate bill subsidizes abortion and eliminated the House bills provisions concerning freedom of conscience for providers. Boccieri refused to show up for the underwhelmingly attended rally led by the president in Ohio yesterday, but House Whip James Clyburn said that Boccieri, a “no” vote in the fall, will be switching over to vote yes now –demonstrating not only that he’s easily pushed around by San Fran Nan, but that his first vote wasn’t an honest one but designed for cover.

Unless Clyburn is spinning, that is, attempting to get Boccieri stampeded into voting yes. If Boccieri is reading his e-mail, he got this one which I was copied on:

Dear Congressman Boccieri, I have a 1976 Jeep CJ-7 gathering dust in my garage. I hear you are going to change your vote on health care and vote to approve the cram-down using this sham reconciliation scheme. If you vote for Obamacare, my Jeep is going on Craig’s List and proceeds will go to whoever your opponent will be in November’s general election. Whatever the President promised you if you loose in November, a job in the administration, the ambassadorship to Norway, that will be the price your constituency will know you were paid. A bought and paid for man in the service of a one term President.
Don’t do it, don’t sell out.

That was from a Los Angeles area resident, and it drives home that the 2010 House races are already nationalized, just as Scott Brown’s race was. Democrats and their allies are telling their embattled “moderate” members that the pressure will relax after the president signs the nightmare bill passed by sleight-of-hand, that voters will forget, that the story will change, but that is absurd –it is health care the Dems are fooling around with for political purposes. A family encounters the health system almost every week, and often every day for extended periods of time. Each “touch” of the system ahead will be a remembrance that Democrats rolled the dice and broke the best system in the world. When the final tally shows up, every “yes” vote goes on a permanent post on every blog and the website gets redone to target voter fury equally at the vulnerable Democrats who provided the margin for San Fran Nan. The issue sweeps out dozens of incumbent Democrats in the fall, but it lives on to burden redistricted House members and every senator up in 2012. It is a lousy bill, a poisoning of our health care system, and Democrats are fighting to the last man standing to pass it –a fact that will never be forgotten by anyone watching right now.

“There goes John Boccieri,” someone will be saying at a Canton Timken football game a couple of years out. “He used to be a congressman until he got used by Nancy Pelosi and voted for the Cornhusker kickback and to screw the old folks.”

The same will be said about scores of Democrats like James Oberstar who lost their spine and their pro-life camouflage when push came to shove. Rarely has voter intensity been at this level, and the opponents far overshadow the Democratic operatives pushing for a yes vote. This sort of conflict is going to “die down?” The furious opposition will simply get very cold and very determined. The Boccieris have to realize that if they are thinking about this at all.

There are some signs that the Pelosi push is having trouble reaching 216 —read to the middle of this Politico piece where Demcorats Driehaus, Carney and Costello are signalling “no” votes— but the union brass knuckles are coming out, and the nutroots are threatening primary challenges etc, even though the idea of a serious primary challenge with this little time over this issue is laughable.

What matters most for the next six days is that the center and the right in the country continue to pound home their intense opposition and their commitment to carry that opposition into November, directed in campaign contributions and volunteer GOTV against the Democrats who vote for this terrible bill passed through trickery.

Here are the Democrats I am urging you contact personally after you hit the “Say No To Obamacare” button in the top corner of the website. Call their district offices if you cannot get through to the D.C. numbers. Star with John Boccieri.

Boccieri’s likely opponent is Jim Renacci. Before you call or email Boccieri, make a $25 or $50 contribution to Renacci via his website, and then be sure to tell Boccieri’s staff that you did so and there’s more where that came from if Boccieri changes his vote and supports Pelosi’s assault on the Constitution, seniors, and the health care system.

Boccieri’s numbers:

(800) 826-9015

D.C.: (202) 225-3876

Canton: (330) 489-4414

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