Thursday, September 03, 2009

Worst Democrat of the Day: Blanche Lincoln

By Michael J.W. Stickings

For bailing on the public option -- because of its supposed cost:

For some in my caucus, when they talk about a public option they're talking about another entitlement program, and we can't afford that right now as a nation.


I'm not going to vote for a bill that's not deficit-neutral, and I'm not going to vote for a bill that doesn't do something about curbing the cost in the out years, because it would be pointless... I would not support a solely government-funded public option. We can't afford that.

No, but the Democratic plan is actually... deficit-neutral. Which essentially renders Lincoln's opposition to it pointless.

Oh, but she has a point. The Arkansas senator is clearly pandering to her right-leaning constituency, what with her re-election prospects looking grim.

Benen: "This might be a good time to note that bloggers seem to be the only people in the country who realize that a public option would be cheaper than the alternative. If Lincoln is concerned about what "we can afford," she should be an enthusiastic champion of the public option. I suspect she knows this, but doesn't quite have the courage to explain this to her enraged constituents."

Indeed. And even if a public option were too costly, in Lincoln's view, what of the cost of doing nothing? The current system is simply not sustainable over the long term, with costs spiralling out of control (and with millions and millions of Americans either with inadequate coverage or without coverage altogether), and the situation is only getting worse.

But don't expect the likes of Blanche Lincoln to look beyond their noses, or even to put the good of the country before their own political ambitions.

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  • I saw Senator Lincoln speak yesterday. As a retired member of the military I have seen a lot of malarkey and smoke blowing. That performance she gave was right up there. Evidently, what I heard was true, she has become a paid for senator by big business and she is goose stepping right along Obama's brownshirts as they lead the rest of us to a fascist state.

    I heard a few people afterwards in the parking lot talking about a local boy Trevor Drown, who is running against her as an independent. Just on that five minute conservation alone, I have made my decision. I will be voting for an independent in next year's election and his name will be Trevor Drown. Anyone, who has served his country tracking down the Taliban in Afghanistan as a Green Beret, while the rest of us slept peacefully in our bed, is someone I think will watch over us in a good way up in Washington DC. And they fact he owes nothing to any party is that much better in my mind. The rest of you make your own decision like we always do, but make it an informed one. Check this guy out, you will find he is one of us. An Arkansan.

    Jason Tolbert

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:27 PM  

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