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Take a look at all of those so-called pro-life, or conservative, or centrist Democrats. Not every last one of them, but a heck of a lot of them sold out: John Boccieri, Charlie Wilson, and Steve Driehaus of Ohio. Joe Donnelly and Brad Ellsworth of Indiana. Bart Stupak (more on him in a bit) and Dale Kildee of Michigan. Suzanne Kosmas and Allen Boyd of Florida. Betsy Markey of Colorado. Perriello of Virginia. Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota, Dina Titus of Nevada. All of them touting how centrist they are, or how they have conservative values, or how no matter how much they march in lockstep with Nancy Pelosi on other issues, they have deep and abiding respect for the unborn.
“Centrist Democrat” is a synonym for a liberal who wants to get reelected in a conservative district.
(By the way, not that it’s a surprise, but Captain Hook can count on his bad hand how many members of the House Progressive Caucus kept their threat to vote against any health care bill that didn’t include a public option.)
Brad Ellsworth doesn’t really want to be a senator from Indiana, does he? Public Opinion Strategies found that in Ellsworth’s district, nearly half of voters say they ‘strongly oppose’ the bill. By more than a three-to-one margin voters ‘strongly oppose’ the bill (12 percent strongly support, 47 percent strongly oppose). And this man wants to be senator?