Magazine September 7, 2009, Issue

Blue Dog Blues

(Roman Genn)
Nancy Pelosi and the House's moderate Democrats are making life tough for each other

Honesdale, Pa. –

If you want to understand better why President Obama’s heath-care agenda has foundered, consider the story of Rep. Christopher Carney, a Democrat who represents the district that includes this northeastern Pennsylvania town. Political prognosticators considered the Penn State professor an underdog when he decided to run in 2006 against incumbent Republican Don Sherwood, but his campaign got an unexpected boost when Sherwood’s mistress came forward and accused him of choking her. Carney took a right-leaning position on nearly every issue except for the war in Iraq and became the first Democrat in nearly 50 years to be elected …

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