James Clyburn (D-SC) gets it exactly right on Democratic defectors in the House.
CLYBURN: “What you saw with those 39 people, maybe nine people had real serious concerns. The fact of the matter is about 30 of them, and I’ve talked to them, were insulating themselves against sound bites. And that’s part of the problem.”
They aren’t merely cowards, they’re also fools. They will have bowed to pressure and have nothing at all to show for it because Republicans are going to attack you regardless.
According to The Hill, the Congressional Leadership Fund is less than impressed by these defectors.
“The clear lie and rank hypocrisy on health coverage will be a major issue next year,” said Dan Conston, communications director for the Congressional Leadership Fund, a GOP super-Pac. [...]
“It’s bad enough that you own ObamaCare. Now to vote for a fix makes you appear duplicitous and to fit the mold of the typical Washington politician,” he said.
Gee, aren’t you glad you sold out your own party for this?
Let me be clear; these “defectors” are still better than Republicans and we will have to endure the occasional embarrassment if we are to elect a Democratic majority in the House. There is no majority without conservative Democrats.
With all of that said, this “defector” business has been blown way out of proportion by the media. But you knew it would be.