* One of the reasons the gay marriage bill didn’t pass last spring was that the House Democratic targets - those who could face significant opposition in the general election - were advised to stay away from the bill.
Running a legislative chamber with an eye always on protecting the more politically vulnerable can generally - not always, but generally - keep things more to the center of the spectrum.
This, obviously, has not been the case in DC, where the fringe has taken over the asylum. And that has freshman GOP Congressman Rodney Davis rightly worried…
Republican Representative Rodney Davis, whose Illinois district voted for his party’s presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, in 2012 by a narrow margin — 48.9 percent to Obama’s 48.6 percent — said he also has been feeling political heat, and has repeatedly told House leaders he stands to lose from it.
“I’ve got now hundreds of thousands of dollars being spent” by groups using the shutdown to attack him in ads, he said in an interview. “So, if you ever want to know what message the Democrats are wanting to test, come to my district. I’m like the guinea pig.”
“I obviously have said the entire time we’ve been in this: the shutdown is not good for me,” Davis said. “The shutdown’s not good for America.”
Americans United for Change, a group that targeted 10 vulnerable Republicans this week for negative commercials, calls it “Rodney Davis’ Tea Party shutdown” in its ad in his district.
There are times when party leaders have no choice but to put their politically vulnerable members at risk. Country (or state) must rise above party. It’s the noble thing to do, which is why Speaker Madigan ought to take off the marriage bill brick.
* But tossing your targets overboard for the radical and delusional pipe dream of ending Obamacare is nothing short of political malpractice…
The Republican Party has been badly damaged in the ongoing government shutdown and debt limit standoff, with a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finding that a majority of Americans blame the GOP for the shutdown, and with the party’s popularity declining to its lowest level.
By a 22-point margin (53 percent to 31 percent), the public blames the Republican Party more for the shutdown than President Barack Obama – a wider margin of blame for the GOP than the party received during the poll during the last shutdown in 1995-96.
Just 24 percent of respondents have a favorable opinion about the GOP, and only 21 percent have a favorable view of the Tea Party, which are both at all-time lows in the history of poll.