A prominent Democratic Party leader is warning gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Falk not to go negative in her primary campaign against her rival Tom Barrett. Falk says she won’t change her strategy.
Dave Obey served in Congress for 41 years, and now supports Tom Barrett in the primary. Wednesday, Obey reacted to published reports that Kathleen Falk, behind in the polls, is going to take aim at Barrett.
If you want to know how bad things are for the Democrats in the Midwest right now, here’s one particular data point: the Duffy/Lassa matchup in WI-07. This was David Obey’s district for over forty years, before Sean Duffy scared him off: it’s a D+3 district, according to Cook; and Democratic candidate Julie Lassa is doing everything she can to disassociate herself from the national Democratic party. And even her own internal polls show her losing.
Partially this is due to Duffy, who is turning out to be an excellent recruiting ‘get;’ and partially it’s due to the fact that Lassa is being hypocritical about spurning the Democratic party with one hand, while taking lots of dirty DCCC money with the other. And it’s also partially due to the fact that this is a bad year to be a Democrat in the Midwest – particularly if you’re one who understands that Obamacare is going to be a dead albatross around your neck. Lassa’s particular way to try to reconcile needing to show opposition to the health care monstrosity saddled on the USA by the Democratic party with not jeopardizing the flow of all that lovely, lovely dirty DCCC money is to pretend that she has a problem with the individual mandate (she doesn’t, particularly, as a state senator).
Couple that with somewhat puerile attempts to bring up Duffy’s The Real World gig and you’re left with a certain amount of wonder at who replaced all the competent political operatives in the Democratic party with these people…
Not that it made any difference, of course. And it won’t make a difference in the fall, either. Back in 2006, I – like most of the Right, really – still took the Democrats seriously when they ostensibly took the organized antiwar movement’s position on the GWOT. Fortunately for the planet, we shouldn’t have: once in power Establishment Democrats fairly blatantly broke every promise that they made to the organized antiwar movement. Not that the organized antiwar movement deserves more (or any) consideration in that regard: they combine having fairly vicious and bigoted policy goals with a remarkably masochistic willingness to submit to humiliation after humiliation, just as long as the kicks and beatings are interspersed with the occasional almost-kind word. Still, it’s been over three years of degradation; you’d think that those people would have noticed by now. Continue reading War funding passes, of course.
To which I reply: just as long as you leave, coward. Admittedly, it’s a convenient cowardice for the country. While it would have been brave for David Obey to stick around and try and fix the short- and long-term damage that he and his fellow-Democrats have done to the Republic, well, it’s nothing like certain that he would know how. So… less whining and more packing, David Obey. The world lusts to forget your name.
Still, Obey did a nice job blaming everybody except himself on his way out the door. As Stacy McCain noted, Paul Krugman found that really useful: Krugman is clearly itching to start up a good auto-de-fe in the Democratic party in 2011, and Obey’s commentary will be perfect for going after the first marrano…
I was able to talk for a few minutes about the state of Sean’s race against David Obey over in WI-07:
Obey is in one of those seats that usually looks untouchable, and pretty much is effectively untouchable, most years; but this isn’t one of those years. The man has a lot of explaining to do, both in terms of his political party and his behavior as Appropriations Chair… which is one reason why Cook is rating this one as no better for Obey than Likely Democratic.
You know, the dream where you’re trying to warn somebody, but they can’t hear you, and they keep blithely going onward towards their doom:
Talking with a conservative House Democrat from the South recently, I commented that it must be horrible to go home and get beaten about the head and shoulders by angry constituents. He added, “And then come back here and get beaten up in my own caucus.”
Via Kaus. Although Charlie Cook’s solution (redistricting reform) won’t actually solve the Democratic Party’s problem for it. The reason why? Because the aforementioned ‘conservative’ and ‘moderate’ Democrats obey their exceedingly liberal leadership, and those leaders are almost certainly going to keep getting elected, redistricting or no. Continue reading I wonder if Charlie Cook is having that dream.