What To Do Next, Part 2
My Washington Examiner column this morning picks up on the points of the post below: The National Republican Congressional Committee is the best place to register your disgust with the substance and the process of Obamacare.
The key to what I hope will be the NRCC’s accountability project will be the evaluation of Democratic incumbents on the basis of their electoral vulnerability and their votes on five key issues:
1. Did the incumbent vote for Nancy Pelosi for House speaker?
2. Did the incumbent vote for the “stimulus” package?
3. Did the incumbent vote for “cap-and-tax”?
4. Did the incumbent vote for Obamacare?
5. Did the incumbent vote to protect the assault on the Constitution known as the “deem scheme” or “Slaughter Solution” when it was first challenged March 18 by Rep. Parker Griffith?
Every Congressional campaign across the country ought to be driven by the incumbent’s voting record on these issues. Three strikes and you’re out is a great measurement tool, though even one vote for Nancy Pelosi ought to be enough to decide the issue for any rational voter.
What ought to follow the identification of the November target list of up to 75 House Democrats is the self-organization of activist communities devoted to the retirement of those Pelosi-supporters. GOP nominees won’t emerge in many of those districts for months yet, but activist communities can organize online and prepare the groundwork now for the fall campaign.
The repeal of this awful deal will only occur with a Republican majority in the House. Conservatives who sniff at party politics, libertarians and other third party attention grabbers, even Tea Party activists who like to denounce both parties are now confronted with the hard fact that every minute not spent working to elect a GOP majority is an investment in making Obamacare permanent. Voters have only two choices: the forward creep of socialized medicine or a GOP majority.
Seniors especially have to realize that the massive cuts of Medicare are now in rolling out.
The only way to sop the ravaging of Medicare is the repeal of the deal, and the only way to do that is via a GOP majority.
The cost of this clarity has been extraordinarily high, but the repeal of Obamcare and the ouster of Pelosi from the Speaker’s chair and the forced retirement of Harry Reid and a bunch of other Democratic senators with him will make November’s vote a historic one.
UPDATE: Based on emails from last night, the NRCC’s target list appears to be:
Besty Markey (CO-4); Melissa Bean (IL-8); Sanford Bishop (GA-02); Tim Bishop (NY-01); John Boccieri (OH-16); Leonard Boswell (IA-03); Allen Boyd (FL-02); Dennis Cardoza (CA-18); Russ Carnahan (MO-03); Chris Carney (PA-10); Gerry Connolly (VA-11); Jim Costa (CA-20); Joe Courtney (CT-02); Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-03); Steve Driehaus (OH-1); Bill Foster (IL-14); Gabby Giffords (AZ-08); Alan Grayson (FL-08); John Hall (NY-19); Debbie Halvorson (IL-11); Martin Heinrich (NM-01); Baron Hill (IN-09); Jim Himes (CT-04); Rush Holt (NJ-12); Steve Kagen (WI-08); Paul Kanjorski (PA-11); Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15); Ron Kind (WI-03); Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01); Ron Klein (FL-22); Suzanne Kosmas (FL-24); Rick Larsen (WA-02); Dave Loebsack (IA-02); Dan Maffei (NY-25); Betsy Markey (CO-04); Jerry McNerney (CA-11); Alan Mollohan (WV-01); Chris Murphy (CT-05); Patrick Murphy (PA-08); Scott Murphy (NY-20); David Obey (WI-07); Bill Owens (NY-23); Ed Perlmutter (CO-07); Tom Perriello (VA-05); Gary Peters (MI-09); Earl Pomeroy (ND-AL); Nick Rahall (WV-03); Ciro Rodriguez (TX-23); John Salazar (CO-03); Loretta Sanchez (CA-47); Mark Schauer (MI-07); Kurt Schrader (OR-05); Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01); John Spratt (SC-05); Bart Stupak (MI-01); Betty Sutton (OH-13); Dina Titus (NV-03); Niki Tsongas (MA-5); Tim Walz (MN-01); Charlie Wilson (OH-06); David Wu (OR-01); and John Yarmuth KY-03).
To which I am adding Zack Space of Ohio on the basis of his support for the “Slaughter solution.”
This may get refined over the next week or so, but activism and candidate support should be limited to opponents of someone on this list.