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Two Blue Dog Dems Defeated In PA Primary

From a gleeful Politico:

Jason Altimire, Tim Holden fall in Pennsylvania primaries

By: Alex Isenstadt
April 25, 2012

Two conservative Democrats who voted against the president’s health care plan went down in defeat Tuesday, falling victim to primary opponents who cast them as far out of step with their party.

Redistricting played a role in both defeats. Pennsylvania Rep. Jason Altmire lost to Rep. Mark Critz, a fellow Democrat who was drawn into the same southwestern Pennsylvania district. Across the state, veteran Democratic Rep. Tim Holden lost renomination in a seat that had been dramatically redrawn…

And, naturally, they were not being punished by this redistricting. The Democrats love members who ‘reach across the aisle.’ They celebrate compromise and diversity.

Critz’s win marked a major victory for organized labor, which was united against Altmire. Nearly 20 union groups, including the AFL-CIO and United Steelworkers, endorsed Critz, funneling thousands of dollars into the race and dispatching hundreds of workers in a last-minute sprint to push him over the finish line.

After helping Altmire unseat a GOP incumbent in 2006, the labor community turned on the Blue Dog congressman, framing him as a turncoat who voted too often with Republicans.

Remember, union groups are tax exempt 501c3 ‘charities.’ They are prohibited from participating in politics or backing specific candidates.

Also remember, the ‘Citizens United’ Supreme Court decision was a terrible blow to free speech in our country, since it allows corporations to do some of the things union groups have been doing for decades.

Both Altmire and Holden faced intense heat for casting no votes in the health care reform bill in 2010. Labor groups slammed Altmire, insisting that he had promised them he would support the bill before ultimately choosing to oppose it. Holden’s opponent, liberal attorney Matt Cartwright, ran TV ads labeling himself the “true Democrat” while blasting the incumbent for “voting with the insurance companies and against health care reform.”

Prior to Altmire and Holden’s losses, none of the 34 Democrats who voted against the health care reform bill had lost races for renomination.

And yet we never heard one peep about that remarkable string of victories. But now we will never hear the end of these two losses which came about under very unusual circumstances.

Cartwright, who spent nearly $400,000 of his own cash in the race, was aided in his efforts by a roster of progressive groups, including League of Conservation Voters, which spent $230,000 on anti-Holden TV ads, and MoveOn.org.

Notice how much money these anti-American groups Soros fronts usual suspects funneled into these two elections.

But where is the outcry about outside money? Just kidding. There is never any outcry against Democrat money, no matter where it comes from. Even if it comes from the Gaza Strip.

Holden’s reelection chances had been severely imperiled by redistricting, which obliterated the conservative-minded seat he had held for the previous decade and turned it into one that was far more liberal in orientation. The new seat also stretched into areas of northeast Pennsylvania — Cartwright’s base — that the incumbent had not previously represented and it showed in the 57-43 percent result.

Gee, we wonder how that happened?

The twin losses are a significant blow to the Blue Dog Coalition, the group of conservative Democrats who counted Altmire and Holden as members. The Blue Dogs suffered devastating losses in the 2010 election, seeing their membership cut in half, and have already seen several of their remaining incumbents announce that they are not seeking reelection in 2012

And never mind that all of the Democrats "suffered devastating losses in the 2010 election."

Arkansas Rep. Mike Ross, a Blue Dog co-chairman, released a statement Tuesday night praising Altmire and Holden as bipartisan problem solvers and vowing that the beleaguered coalition would remain intact.

“I regret that two of my friends and colleagues in the Blue Dog Coalition, Jason Altmire and Tim Holden, will not be returning to Congress next year. Congress needs more independent-minded members like Jason and Tim who are willing to reach across the aisle and find bipartisan solutions to our country’s many challenges,” Ross said.

“Redistricting and a broken, polarized Congress have made it tough to be a moderate in Congress. However, I remain confident that the American people want common-sense leadership over partisanship,” he added. “The Blue Dogs are in the middle, and we’re used to being attacked from both sides. While our membership roster may vary from Congress to Congress, our messages of fiscal responsibility, bipartisanship and common sense will always endure and will continue to resonate with the American people.”

Where are the calls for more bi-partisanship? For reaching across the aisle? The spirit of compromise? Somehow we never hear any of that demanded of Democrats.

In fact, anyone who is not in mindless lockstep with the party line is excoriated by the Democrats and their lickspittle media minions like the Politico.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Two Blue Dog Dems Defeated In PA Primary”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    I really like the term Lickspittle

    It is so accurate sometimes

  2. Astravogel says:

    Yep, and I also like ‘running-dog media.’

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