Another Reason To Be Anti-Tauscher

February 23rd, 2007at 12:54am Posted by Eli

Boo Man makes an excellent observation:

How do you know when a Democrat is really not on your side? There are many ways, and the voting record is not always the best indicator. But I don’t know that I have ever seen a better indicator than the following:


Let’s go over this slowly. Ellen Tauscher’s 10th district was redrawn in 2001 to make it much more Democratic, and Tauscher interpreted this as punishment for supporting Steny Hoyer over Nancy Pelosi for minority whip.

I don’t know how much clearer it could be that Ellen Tauscher does not have our best interests at heart. That’s why the netroots is mobilizing to defeat her.

Chris Bowers picks up the ball and runs with it:

I don’t know if Ellen Tauscher can be defeated in a primary, since that is an extremely difficult thing to do, but given her feelings toward Democrats it does seem pretty obvious that if she is defeated in a primary she will go the CA-10 for Tauscher route, ala Lieberman in Connecticut. There is no way that someone who hates and fears Democrats this much will respect the decisions of its voters in a primary election and simply step aside the event of defeat. Thus, any campaign targeting Tauscher will probably require a sustainable Republican in the race, so that she can’t soak up Republican votes in the event of an Alan Schlessinger, pathetic Republican scenario.

I think this sounds pretty reasonable, but is it truly an apples-to-apples comparison? Does Tauscher have the same kind of political machinery and reservoir of uninformed, gullible supporters that Joe had? Would she definitely get the same kind of support from the Republican party that Joe got? More intriguingly, could her primarier use Joe as a cautionary tale of how Democratic voters get screwed over when they elect fake Democrats? Surely the Democratic voters in her district would want to show that they’re smarter than that.

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