It’s Tough Love Time: Call Your Favorite Conservadem and Urge Him/Her to Stop Obstructing Obama’s Mandate for Change

Rally round, folks. The time has come to show your favorite Conservadem here a little tough love. You know the term. It’s the would-be Republicans among our party leaders, such as Evan Bayh—and, unfortunately, Mark Warner. They say Blue Dog. We say conservadamn. It's just so pitiful that our own side is doing this. Here's a partial list: Evan Bayh (D-IN), Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO; et tu claire!), Ben Nelson (D-NE). Other Democrats in that group include Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Robert P. Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania, and Blanche L. Lincoln of Arkansas, as well as Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.). It's been said that a few are too afraid to even go public! What kind of transparency is that? For many reasons, Virginians are a-gaga over the new Senator from Virginia. He’s that face we’ve seen, that person we’ve spoken with time and again since he first traversed the state on behalf of Dems so long ago. But here we are… Not even a hundred days in and he’s joined a faction to thwart the change we need.

We’ve tried Bush Lite for many years. We’ve tried Clinton’s “Third Way.” And none of it brought us the change we need. In fact, we’ve lost ground on nearly everything, even when Dems controlled the House and Senate since 2006. And that's given Barack Obama a massive to-do list. We elected Barack Obama with a mandate. And here we are with Conservadems obstructing universal health care, among other important issues. And the they think this is the change we need? My question to them is: Why are you hurting America?

So, enough of the senseless incrementalism. Been there, done that. We don’t need industry pandering. We are the only industrialized country in the world not offering universal health care. That's shameful. We don't need only a mandate to be enforced upon citizens, as apparently the Blue Dogs want. Call them, please. And urge them to stop obstructing Barack Obama. That means, putting our ideals on the line and making the tough call. Yes, Virginians love Mark Warner. But enough is enough. Thank you!

Call Mark Warner at 202-224-2023

(For good measure, call Sen. Webb and your congressperson too.)
Call Jim Webb at: 202-224-4024

Read more here.

Not gonna call

Didn't like the phone even in my native language; in English it's that much more intimidating... But I'm working on a letter -- to be s-mailed (I've been told nobody pays much attention to e-mails, since they're so easy) first thing on Monday. When I sat, sweltering in VA summer heat, through various "fairs" and "community festivals"... "Peddling Dems" to people with more tattoos than teeth... It wasn't so that a bunch of first-term, junior Senators could pile up roadblocks in our President's path.

I'm seriously ticked off with that pack. 'specially after today, when Bayh actually admitted that the whole lot of them have "no agenda". No agenda, except to water down, preemptively and to no purpose (other than puffing themselves up in front of cameras and Politico), every bill that really matters.

"Moderates", my foot!

You've got that right.

If they would be so obstructive (of a moderate president), then they are not moderates. Regarding not calling, I think its good to use whatever method you are comfortable with. You are right that snail mail is more effective. Trouble is, we don't always have the luxury of time. And then calls and emails are the best we can do. But thanks for doing something to help.

It's not about the joinin', it's about the votin'

Warner can join whatever group he wants. He can join the Girl Scouts if he wants, I don't care.

But if he is going to hear from me about the critical importance of supporting Obama's budget and he'll get hell from me if he votes against it.

From Yahoo News... this clip about Blue Dogs

You are right, Kinlder. It's the votes. And its our job to remind them who elects them.

It seems Mr. Top (Blue) Dog isn't at all happy with folks (like me) pushing back against their attempt at mutiny.

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) is also unhappy with the friendly fire. Bayh announced last week that a group of centrist Democrats had come together to negotiate as a bloc with the White House and party leaders on major legislation. He promptly found himself targeted by an ad accusing him of “standing in the way of President Obama’s reforms.”

“We literally have no agenda,” Bayh shot back. “How can they be threatened by a group that has taken no policy positions?”

Now that's an amazing admission. (But it's also BS.)