"Maybe Jim Cooper ought to do the safe thing and leave the party, become an Independent so that he's no longer endangered by being associated with things like the scary health care reform bill, regardless of the fact that it is going to amass billions in savings over the next decade."I don't know much about Jim Cooper, aside from his obstructionist ways--you know, obstructing his own party! What I do know is that here at home, Alan over at IdaBlue is not off base in carrying a similar message to Idaho's own Blue Dog, Congressman Walt Minnick:
"See, having any ol' Democrat is not better than any Republican. Minnick gives the Republicans cover by hiding their absolute total lack of any effort toward bipartisanship, and by lending a fake bipartisanship to Republican initiatives... Walt, please switch parties and get it over with."This comes on the heels of today's press release stating that Minnick, as we all expected despite hopes otherwise, will be voting against health care reform this weekend in the House. Voting against the health care bill will only bolster Minnick's conservative record. His vote against health care will go nicely, albeit frustratingly so, with his vote against Obama's stimulus plan (the one that he's recently praised and taken some credit for in it's distribution of energy grant funds to Idaho Power and Avista, ironically both donors to his campaign) and his more recent vote in committee against the Consumer Financial Protection Agency (which he appears to be more than preoccupied with defeating during this week's debate on health care).
Minnick started out as a conservative in the Nixon White House, perhaps the most conservative administration in this country's history, second only to that of George W. Bush, it certainly wouldn't be something new to Minnick if he decided to switch parties. After all, he's done it once before, and should he choose to become an Independent or Republican, it would save the Idaho Democratic Party from having to defend his disappointingly conservative record.
It's time, Congressman Minnick. Take the advice of my fellow bloggers, get out of the party you would rather obstruct than lead.