Apparently, Bright thinks that the best way to avoid answering the question Are you going to vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker next year? is to make a joke about how she might die before then*. As Andrew Malcolm noted in that article, this would be a firestorm if a Republican had said it; Jim Geraghty noted in his Morning Jolt that Bright also avoided the question like a cowardly little suckweasel (I paraphrase). Heck, even Greg Sargent is unhappy: which means with any luck that so will the rest of the Left.
But why is anybody actually surprised? As the title suggests, language like this by Democrats is perfectly acceptable when it’s directed against Republicans, particularly female ones; Bright’s error was that he assumed that similar language could be directed against anyone that stands between him and re-election. Which these days certainly includes Nancy Pelosi. I don’t wish for Madame Speaker’s death, obviously; but I do find it disingenuous when folks on the Left get surprised when chickens come home… to roost.
I don’t really know what the solution is, here… except to vote for Martha Roby, of course.
There’s no unifying theme to these choices: they’re merely five candidates for the House of Representatives that the GOP has recruited, supported, or at least working with. There are more – there are, in fact, a good deal more – but these will do for a start. And so, in no particular order:
Charles Djou (HI-01). City Councilman, Army Reservist. Candidate for this D+11 seat. Neil Abercrombie is not seeking re-election, as he is planning to run for Governor of Hawaii: the lack of an incumbent and the general reaction to Djou has this race on a lot of dark horse lists. Everything needs to work out just right, which is pretty much what we said about Cao down in Louisiana. Besides, you make ’em fight everywhere. Donate here.
Martha Roby (AL-02). City Councilwoman with a track record of winning minority votes. Candidate for this R+16 seat. Bobby Bright is a freshman hanging onto his fingernails, as witnessed by the fact that he was given permission to vote against both the stimulus AND cap and trade. Martha’s running as a clear conservative, and it’s increasingly looking like she’ll be running in a clear field. Donate here.
Van Tran (CA-47). State Assemblyman, political refugee. Candidate for this D+4 seat. Loretta Sanchez looks untouchable… on paper; but the district went for Bush in 2004, Sanchez has tax and appropriation votes (she’s one of the PMA Porkers) to answer for, and – most importantly – both the GOP and Tran are eager to have a race here. The Democrats really don’t want to have to fight for this seat. Donate here.
Rick Crawford (AR-01). Businessman, military veteran. Candidate for this R+8 seat. He’s up against Marion Berry, who did not have any opposition last election cycle; Berry also seems to be the type who likes to have creative income disclosures, which I believe that Crawford and the NRCC will be happy to bring up. As I’ve noted before, Crawford’s pro Tea-Party; and he’s got solid connections with the community. Donate here.
…and that should get you started. As I’ve said, these aren’t the only five candidates that the GOP is running; merely five more or less representative ones. And note that the Republican party is not playing the 2010 elections not to lose; it’s making aggressive moves, and in places where it perhaps was too quick to concede in 2006 and 2008.
I was going to wait until Ms. Roby had a campaign website up – she only announced last week, and this was Memorial Day weekend – but apparently the local Democrats are already beginning to play the “create multiple accounts and go after her for being a mom*” in local comment sections, so best to get this up now.
So. AL-02. R+16 in the Cook Political Report; Bobby Bright won this one by something like 1800 votes. Against an incumbent and/or a Democratic President’s coattails, he would have lost. Bright claims “Blue Dog” status; he has slightly more reason than some, given that he did break with his party to vote against the ‘stimulus‘ package. The DCCC has him on their list of Representatives to protect, so he’s almost certain to get away with that, too. They may even drop more money on him this time, assuming of course that they have it to spare.
But enough about this calculated insult to progressive Democrats by their own party; let’s look at Martha Roby. She’s young (32 years old), currently on the City Council for Montgomery, where she apparently represents a majority-minority constituency (if this report is correct, in her last election she won majorities among both white and African-American voters in her city district). She’s popular in her home area, plans to run as a conservative, and it can be safely assumed that her candidacy is going to be supported by the NRCC. Continue reading Meet Martha Roby (AL-02).