Deeds Asks Facebook Friends To Support Boucher, Guess What Happens


    Is this a sign of what will happen to Democrats who voted “no” on health care reform? If so, incumbents like Rick Boucher could be in big trouble.

    What happened is that Creigh Deeds asked his “Facebook Friends” to support Rep. Rick Boucher, who Creigh argues “has been working hard to bring jobs to Southwest Virginia for almost 30 years.” I figured the responses would be variants on “definitely, will do!”  Instead, out of 22 responses, so far I count 21 that are unhappy (or angry) at Boucher to varying degrees for voting “no” on health care reform last night. The responses range from “There’s no way I’d support him….he didn’t vote for health care” to “Time for a primary challenge” to “If he’s going to think like a Republican, let him be replaced by one” to “Creigh you’re still not getting it…”

    Is this apparent anger at Rick Boucher (and also at Glenn Nye) an isolated or widespread phenomenon? According to Public Policy Polling, it might be the latter:

    If voters are mad about Democrats passing the health care bill, they’re likely to take it out on Democratic members of Congress regardless of how they actually voted. The conventional wisdom may be that it was good politics for Democrats to vote no, but they may find an unenthusiastic base and little gratefulness from Republicans and conservative leaning independents since their no votes didn’t end up making a difference. I have no doubt the health care bill is unpopular, but I think its political fallout for Democrats is more complicated than saying the ones who voted for it are in big trouble and the ones who voted no are less so.

    Of course, November is still a long time away (in politics, a few months is an eternity), so we’ll see what happens. Still, things aren’t looking good right now for Democrats who voted “no” on health care reform, at least not with the “base” of the party.

    P.S. For the record, I’m not at all thrilled with Boucher or Nye for voting no on health care reform, but I don’t want their seats taken by Republicans either.  In the end, I’ll most likely be focusing my energies elsewhere this summer and fall…

    • They figured that they could get away with the NO vote because we would “come around” and vote them back in because it’s better than having a Republican take the seat.

      Well, you know what? It’s a good damn thing Connolly is my congressman, because if he were Boucher or Nye…he’d have lost my vote at 10:45 last night.  

    • Although I understand the frustration, I see nothing good of having a Republican taking over a seat held by a Democrat.  So I can’t, in good conscience, say just let Nye and Boucher go.

      However, I think most of us recognize that this November is going to be really hard for most Dems.  It’s going to take a lot of work, effort and money just to hold the seats we can, and to keep losses to a minimum.  This isn’t 2008 where we sweep to victory (which is always fun) but the year where we, at best, manage to hold on, which is not so fun.  But it still must be done.

      So that means making tough choices, and some of those choices will mean supporting certain candidates over certain others.  And that’s where I think Nye and Boucher were short-sighted.  I doubt that they gained much of anything for their vote, but I think they lost a lot from Dems.  But I’m not in their districts, and I’m more than happy to have the Democrats in their districts step up and prove me wrong!

      • NotJohnSMosby

        Not voting or throwing a vote away in protest on a 3rd party is the same as voting for the Republican.  Didn’t you guys learn anything with the election last fall?  Are you happy with Taliban Bob and Crazy Cooch?

      • The Question

        Do you really think you’ll get anything but the DINOs you are going to still vote for in the 2nd Congressional?  Seriously?

    • Chris Guy

      That’s the lowest in ANY of Virginia’s 11 districts (not just the ones held by Dems). Down there, it’s either Boucher or an extreme teabagger Republican.

      Obama actually won Nye’s district (albeit narrowly). Nye voting no and Boucher voting no are two completely different things.

      Anyways, these intra-party disputes are what primaries are for. NO WAY would I vote for Nye in a Dem primary if there were a decent alternative. THAT’S your opportunity to oust him, not in November against some wingnut.

      Five words: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor

    • chipaustin

      I am one of Mr. Nye’s constituents, and he’s lost my vote this fall.  Frankly, when a Democratic congressman coasts along on the easy votes, but does not support the progressive position on the big bills that really count, then that representative will lose my vote.  I am tired of voting for DINOs.  I will vote for a Green Party candidate or will simply not vote in that particular election. I realize that for some of the Democrats who follow this blog that is heresy, but I now consider myself an “Independent Democrat” who is sick of the party establishment of both parties and their lock on our electoral system.  Warner and Nye have already lost my vote the next time they run, and my support for Webb is waning.

    • martinlomasney

      Boucher voted for hcr last year. Nancy P may have released him to vote “no” this spring when she had the votes.  Nate Silver rates Rick the most valuable D in the country because his district is the most R held by a D. I cutting Rick some slack since he votes with the party most of the time and hasn’t hurt it on a major vote yet. Boucher loses & it will be a long time before a D ever holds that seat again.

      Conversely, Nye voted against hcr last year and this, and stimulus, financial reform, etc., yet his district voted for Obama. He needs to go. The hope being we get a real D in 2012 when Obama is at the top of the ticket.