Thursday, March 19, 2009

The ConservaDems-- Evan Bayh's New Anti-Obama Bloc


Tone-deaf douche bag Evan Bayh

If you've been over to Blue America lately, you may have noticed we've taken down a name. Many of us had a suspicion it was just a matter of time before our borderlinest endorsee from last year, Mark Begich, would, sooner or later, come screaming out of the closet as a full-blown... well, not sure exactly what. He's not interested in being a progressive, as we figured out as the Alaska senate campaign wore on and departing staffers warned us that he wasn't what he portrayed himself as. Then after the election... a so-so voting record. Oh well, we thought, at least he's not as bad as Landrieu, Nelson and Bayh. Today Bayh announced that Begich is as bad as himself.

Many allies had asked me why we weren't endorsing and raising money for Jeanne Shaheen last year. I wanted her to beat Sununu, of course, but I never add anyone to the Blue America list unless I want to write a check personally. And she just smelled like a Blue Dog or DLC character to me. That was borne out yesterday as she joined Bayh's Bloc of right-leaning conservative Democrats who seem eager to hold up President Obama's agenda, even if it means bolstering the heinous Senate Republicans.

Bayh's bloc's agenda is to eviscerate Obama's agenda in order to prevent healthcare reform and climate change policies. The Democrats willing to admit to being part of this new anti-Obama bloc are all the usual suspects, the conservatives with shit voting records who seem always eager to show the folks back home how much they detest working families and how dependable they are when it comes to denying the aspirations of ordinary Americans (listed in order of how frequently they vote with the GOP on contentious matters-- from bad to worse: Jeanne Shaheen (NH), Mark Warner (VA), Michael Bennet (CO), Kay Hagan (NC), Bill Nelson (FL), Herb Kohl (WI), Mark Begich (AK), Mark Udall (CO), Evan Bayh (IN), Claire McCaskill (MO), Tom Carper (DE), Blanche Lincoln (AR), Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Mary Landrieu (LA), and, worst of the worst, Ben Nelson (NE).

Bayh went on Joe Scarborough's right-wing morning show to blare his intentions of screwing up the Democratic Party and the country and admitted that "3 or 4" other Democrats are in "a witness protection program" (i.e.- too cowardly to admit what they are). Sources tell us that the others are Mark Pryor (AR), Max Baucus (MT) and Jim Webb (VA). I sure hope John Tester isn't a fourth.

Oh, well, we now have a new question for Senate candidates asking for Blue America assistance: "are there any circumstances that you would join with the reactionary, anti-family conservatives that Evan Bayh has formed to fight change?" If the answer is "yes" or "maybe" you can be sure they won't be on our endorsed list of candidates. Meanwhile Campaign for America's Future has launched the "Dog The (Blue) Dogs" campaign, urging Americans to call Blue Dog congresspeople and demand they support President Obama's budget. Bob Borosage explained what they're trying to accomplish yesterday at HuffPo. and Rachel Maddow explained the ugly phenom on her show last night:

If you don't like the idea of conservatives hijacking everything we accomplished last year-- and watering down everything Obama is striving to accomplish, and doing it all at the behest of their campaign donors Big Oil, Big Pharma, insurance companies, agribusiness, global corporations, Wall Street, please consider donating to a proven fighting progressive running a grassroots campaign for the Senate seat in Florida, Dan Gelber. The conservatives can always count on Big Business. Progressives like Dan count on us. The finance/insurance/real estate sector, responsible for the devastation of the economy is especially close to Bayh and many of the members of his bloc. These industries have donated more legalized bribes to members of Congress than any other sector-- $2.2 billion since 1990. and while most of the money has gone to actual Republicans (55%), take a look how some of the very worst Democrats have raked in the tainted money in return for voting against their constituents' interests (the 10 worst listed in order from corrupt to even more corrupt):

Jeanne Shaheen ($997,310)
Mark Udall ($1,669,706)
Blanche Lincoln ($1,671,292)
Tom Carper ($2,160,628)
Mary Landieu ($2,399,134)
Mark Warner ($2,431,066)
Ben Nelson ($2,667,406)
Bill Nelson ($3,056,968)
Evan Bayh ($3,987,896)
Joe Lieberman ($9,981,924

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At 6:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Bayh's bloc's agenda is to eviscerate Obama's agenda in order to prevent healthcare reform and climate change policies."

In one sense, yes. But in another, more fundamental way, Bayh is simply showing the ruthless ambition that lies at the heart of every politician. He and others like him actually believe they can rise to great power by separating themselves out from the Democratic majority, calling the shots and grabbing the favors.

Whereas their little putsch couldn't be worse timed (who needs moderates when the only policies being proposed are coming from a very cautious, moderate White House?). And any reasonable White House would start using its clout to put the screws to these--shall we call them, Rahmians?--to do what they were elected to do, or get less of what their constituencies want from them.

I think that's how the game is played, isn't it?

At 7:34 AM, Blogger Jen said...

I am so disappointed with this that I want to cry. I've been so hopeful for healthcare reform.
I think I am most disappointed with Claire McCaskill... She was out there on the frontline for Obama during the campaign.. I feel betrayed sort of.

At 10:59 AM, Blogger LiberalDemDave said...

limited props, however, need to go to mccaskill for her open opposition to NAIS, which is all about destroying small independent farmers and protecting the entrenched interests of corporate agribusiness.

just last week, she sent a letter to tom vilsack (sec. of ag - monsanto), urging the defeat of a mandatory animal identification system.

this system does nothing to address animal health or public safety from diseased meat/ matter how its supporters try to "frame" it!

At 1:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So is Begich basically the Chris Carney of the 2008 election cycle?

Probably not a blatant liar like Carney but he still punked Blue America pretty bad.

At 2:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Evan Bayh has a pretty face and an empty head. He basically has gotten along in life on his looks. Now it's time for him to explain why he can't see the light and how lowering everyone's health insurance premiums by $100 a month won't be good for the economy. It would sure give a family a lot more money than some of these silly tax cuts.

At 6:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Evan Bayh has a pretty face and an empty head."

No, he isn't. He's an ambitious, successful politician, who sees playing this card as his best chance of gaining power and influence. That doesn't make him right, and in my opinion people who want power over others are by nature stupid, but that's a whole different kind of stupid.

I'd still like to know, though, why Obama hasn't started using the strings of his office to bring this lot of faux moderates into line. He better act soon, because the corporate media is paying a lot of attention to these shills.

At 9:31 PM, Blogger BiPolObsessed said...

I can't stand those ConservaDems.
I emailed each and everyone of them, letting them know that we bloggers will spread the word about their obstructionist behavior.

At 11:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This disgusts me...right down to the pit of my stomach. What the hell is going on? All of a sudden, the Dems who rallied around Obama's "Change" message, want to keep things the same now that he's in office! I don't get it. I mean, even MY new Jr. senator, Mark Warner, is on this new Bloq committee. I'm baffled because Obama really gave Mark Warner a leg up in our Senatorial race by letting him tag along when he campaigned in Virginia! And Claire McCaskill?? Talk about Benedict Arnolds...where's the support now? Bayh was kissing Obama's ass, every chance he was given...what a backstabbing whore that Evan Bayh is! He just wants his name in lights. I expect this from the GOP, but the Dems who stood with Obama? Wow. That's some change we can believe in...I might have to switch Independent!

At 12:31 AM, Blogger Barb said...

Please sign my petition! It is time for these turncoats to go!

At 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My new senator is Jeanne Shaheen, and she turned out to be a dog, so I sent her the following letter.

Dear Senator Shaheen,
I understand that you have joined a group of senators in an effort to leverage your influence. I’m not sure what your plans are but let me remind you that you were elected on the coat tails of President Obama and I for one will not tolerate subversion of the president’s plans and campaign promises by members of his own party. I know I’m not alone when I say we will be watching your actions closely. If you plan on a second term, I would suggest you leave this partisan alliance and stand behind your President. That’s why you were sent to Washington instead of your Republican rival.
Geez, what’s wrong with you?

At 8:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is time to send Bayh and the CONSERVADEMS a message!

At 7:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

go Bayh
the only one that needs replace is the peice of shit obama


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