Screwing the blue pooch


Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar North says:

    There isn’t anywhere for them to go. Frankly I think that was one of the lines Pelosi used on some of them during her whipping. Everyone knew that the monsoon was coming for the moderates; the question was what they would be remembered for doing.Report

  2. Avatar Trumwill says:

    To add on to North’s point, the monsoon is likely coming whether this passes or not. The question is whether they would rather be former congressmen in the good graces of their party or in the wilderness. If they lose now and the tide turns in favor of the Democrats in a few years, they can run again for some office and are more likely to get party support. If the tide does not turn in the next 2-4 years, they’ll just be right where they would be if they voted “no” on Obamacare. It’s a pretty compelling argument.Report

  3. Avatar jfxgillis says:


    Thanks for the plug!


    I agree with everything you say agreeing with me except the “everyone knows” part. I’m surprised how much of the punditocracy doesn’t know that.


    Heck, the tide could turn between now and November.Report

    • Avatar Trumwill in reply to jfxgillis says:

      Possible, I suppose, but unlikely. Made unlikelier if this bill passes. Regardless of the merits of the bill, the benefits won’t start kicking in for some time and between now and then I suspect it’s going to be a tough road.

      On the other hand, it may depend on what constitutes a turning tide. Some might consider Dems holding on to congress a turned tide. I think that’s likely in any event, though it will be small comfort to the Blue Dogs that lose.Report

    • Avatar North in reply to jfxgillis says:

      Indeed Trum and Jfx, but lets not be over romantic. Barring a black swan event (the wars mostly) we all know what will dictate the upcoming election; the level and trajectory of unemployment. If unemployment is high and rising the left will be in deep trouble. If it’s lower and falling the Obama can point to it and what the hell will Republicans have left to say?Report