Sunday, November 08, 2009

Cao bucks GOP Whip! 

T-P reports how the LA delegation voted on the House's health care reform bill:

In the end... Rep. Anh "Joseph'' Cao, R-New Orleans, voted "yes" late Saturday night, making him the only Republican in the House to vote for a bill that passed 220-215.

Cao also was the only member of Louisiana's seven-member House delegation to support the Democratic plan.

Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-Napoleonville, who is running for the Senate, joined the other five Republicans in the delegation in voting "no.'' Melancon was one of 39 Democrats to vote against the plan.
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Cao, who said he was sitting next to Republican Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va., during the historic vote Saturday night, was asked whether he felt courageous or lonely after the vote.

"I feel both courageous and lonely,'' he said


Huck celebrates, as he predicted the vote ahead of time. Huck and I are among those who think Cao is pretty ok, as current-day Republicans go.

Editilla calls Rep. Cao "a man with balls", and links to this Hill story about why he voted the way he did.

E at WCBF lauds Cao as well, and wonders about Rep. Melancon:

This couldn't have been easy. [Cao] was the only Republican to break ranks. I'm glad he did.
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On the other hand, Congressman Charlie Melancon voted no. It's getting harder to figure out how he'd be an improvement over David Vitter.

How about Joseph Cao for Senate instead?

Mike Stagg wants someone to run in the Democratic primary against Melancon:

So, the question is this: Why is Charlie Melancon running as a Democrat for the Senate?

I don't get it.

He is not going to pick up any Republican votes with his healthcare votes today. The Republicans have their rock-rib, anti-abortion, anti-government, anti-Democratic, hypocrite candidate in David Vitter. Why would they take Vitter/Republican Lite when they've got the real thing?

Why, too, would Democrats vote for Melancon when the congressman is more likely to oppose President Obama and Democrats in the House and Senate?


It seems Rep. Melancon will have to answer these questions in order to prevail over Vitter in next year's elections for U.S. Senate.

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Rep. Cao is my hero for the day.

And Charlie? Ain't gonna win the Senate seat. No way. Why do Louisiana Democrats continue to shame us?

By Blogger Grandmère Mimi, at 2:57 PM  

What a joke...as if any of you think he voted for any other reason than the fact that he's already facing what would charitably be referred to as an "uphill" battle for reelection?

But, hey...Here's Obama's token Republican for a "bipartisan" victory in Health Care!

Something the nation can be proud of. Can't wait to see the legal challenges this thing faces from a judicial standpoint. To say nothing of how badly it gets skewered in the Senate.

That said, I think it still gets passed by the Senate.

By Blogger GO, at 3:23 PM  

Well, GO, at least Cao did the right thing for expediency's sake. Look, I'm tired of Obama's compromises for the sake of bipartisanship, but I want a health care bill. Cao broke ranks with the Republicans, and they will have their pound of flesh. I doubt that it was an easy vote for him.

By Blogger Grandmère Mimi, at 3:30 PM  

They will have their pound of flesh?

Grandmere, you telling me that the 2nd District down there would re-elect him, if not for the National GOP? Surely, you jest...

...and I hate to say this, but what in the WORLD are you basing your weariness of Obama's bipartisanship on?

The guy got ONE Republican vote, & it was the Republican who got voted in from Dollar Bill's Congressional District!

If you call that bipartisanship, you've given me my daily dose of YRHT humor...

By Blogger GO, at 4:35 PM  

The Republicans are vindictive. Maybe they won't get behind him next time, since he's now a traitor.

GO, I'm weary of Obama's ATTEMPTS to get a bipartisan vote. It was not a bipartisan vote in any true sense of the word. I was using the term quite loosely and rather ironically.

And you know what? I'm thinking that this argument is hardly worth pursuing further. Whatever. Jeez.

By Blogger Grandmère Mimi, at 4:44 PM  

I didn't know it was an argument. I was unclear as to your thought, as I was seeking clarification.

I apologize for not seeing the inherent irony in your posts. Please, forgive me.

In another attempt at balance, Democrats are quite the vindictive bunch, themselves.

By Blogger GO, at 6:46 PM  

So nice of Cao to qualify his yea vote by saying he voted for the Stupak amendment, thereby voting for "life". They're hitting the first huge speedbump in hcr right off the bat - abortion being available only for those who can afford it on their own.

Jury's still out on Cao for me...but he doesn't deserve to be flamed on Twitter like he has been.

By Blogger Leigh C., at 6:48 PM  

GO, no apology necessary, nevertheless, I accept yours.

Over time, power corrupts everyone, some more, some less. On thing is damn sure, none of them are pure.

Leigh, didn't you anticipate that abortion would get thrown overboard?

By Blogger Grandmère Mimi, at 7:21 PM  

Thanks Youz, Big Molluski, my full motto for Rep. Cao is:
"Man With Balls Lives Here"
which, as we see in the case of Charlie Mellancon isn't even a single entendre'.

By Anonymous Editilla, at 7:22 PM  

Here's what people like Joe Cao do for us. First he drones on and on until the bill is amended in such a way that it is sufficiently anti-woman to pass the Super-Catholic litmus test thus making a pretty crappy bill all the more crappy. And then Joe Cao gets to talk about how "courageous" he feels in the newspaper. It's very exciting. Yay bi-partisanship!

By Blogger jeffrey, at 8:17 PM  

I think the GOP needs to thank Cao for killing Vitter's only challenge next year.

This is all very typical calculated politics. We'll have some kind if health care reform, not really enough, but enough for both sides to claim "I'm right, they're wrong" talking points.

Thus distracting the voters from the real problems and assuring their mutual share of power.

The Dems and Reps are not fighting each other, they are trying to counteract the growing number independents from rallying behind other parties.

Rambling over, Go Saints?

By Blogger Superdeformed, at 8:31 PM  

Cao is mostly a hypocrite. Sure, he made a good show by voting for the bill; but he also voted for the vile Stupak BS. On other matters, he's a clown; his so-called morals are bullshit. One and done.

As for Melonhead, he's dead meat. He's the freaking founder of the Blue Dogs. No reason for anyone with a pulse to vote for him; and the thuglicans sure won't either.

By Anonymous matter, at 9:46 PM  

Oh yeah, addendum. What Cao's vote was really about was assuring that Obama will give him a job after he's bounced in 2010. Maybe he's the next ambassador to Vietnam.

By Anonymous matter, at 9:47 PM  

Grandmere, I knew something would be tossed over the side. It's just a damned criminal shame that it's something that could well affect half the population of this country. Let's hear it for a still, after all these years, male-dominated Congress. 8-P

By Blogger Leigh C., at 10:15 PM  

Leigh, I couldn't agree more. Time for the women to rise up and take charge.

By Blogger Grandmère Mimi, at 10:55 PM  

Jeffery, there is that.
But even a gregarious wild swine has the balls for makin'bacon.
I've never considered testicular fortitude such a compliment if you consider that men are born with a penis mainly so'z we can pee while we running.

[Grandmère Mimi said...
Leigh, I couldn't agree more. Time for the women to rise up and take charge.]
I have been trying to get a Woman elected God for ever, and, considering the stained-glass ceiling there, would have settled for POTUS had it not meant Another 8 years of Clinton... but Mayor of New Orleans would just be da'bees knees fo'mees!
Leslie who?

By Anonymous Editilla, at 6:29 AM  

Anyone would be an improvement over "Bitter" Vitter for whom even many members of his own party bear a dislike, however the analysis that even a moderate Democrat doesn't have much of a chance to unseat Vitter, given the rock-ribbed right wing nature of the majority of the state's voters, may well be on the mark.

By Blogger HundredOaks, at 6:55 AM  

Am I missing something on the Stupak amendment? Is there a whole lot of Federal medical subsidy money currently available to women of any socio-economic bracket to use in cases of elective pregnancy termination?

Because if there is, and the Stupak amendment represents any type of change from the current status quo, that would be news to me.

By Blogger Cousin Pat from Georgia, at 10:30 AM  

As a Conservative Republican I do not agree with CAO's vote. Thought I and many other Catholic SOcial Justice conservatives are coming to his defense.

I will say this and I seeing this on both sides -THe Dems and Repubs Liberals and COnservatives.

CAO is no sell out and he is principled. His whole history shows that. We have a principled public servent that has to do that balancing act and indeed hard analysis of when to vote the views of his district and to uphold his own principles when they conflict

He did both in this case

THe AMerican Specator had a nice defense of CAO today

http://spectator.org/blog/2009/11/08/defending-cao

Right or left Republican or conservative more CAOs are needed in all areas

By Blogger James H, at 11:56 AM  

Coozan, my answer to your question is up at my neck of the woods. It stems from a more general anger within me, really, than anything else.

By Blogger Leigh C., at 12:40 PM  

- Grandmere, you telling me that the 2nd District down there would re-elect him

Who do you think his competition is going to be? Right now Juan La Fonta may be the most formidable opponent.

GO, I'll bet you right now that Cao at least makes the run-off.

You know what I'd love to see...I'd love to see Cao run for Vitter's senate seat.

By Blogger Dambala, at 1:59 PM  

Leigh: As is my reply. You should be angry, is all I'm sayin'. Just cause its thunderin' don't mean its gonna rain.

AZ: Cao for Senate against Vitter? Wish we could make that happen. I wonder what Cao will do if he ends up defeated for House in 2010...

By Blogger Cousin Pat from Georgia, at 2:10 PM  

I don't see Cao grabbing too much of the vote past Baton Rouge in those other parts people claim to be Louisiana as well. :P

By Blogger Superdeformed, at 4:10 PM  

It looks like the National Review is on Cao about this. There's a funny line about Richmond in there.

http://campaignspot.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NDkxZDUwMTQzYjBjZGQzNzc4Zjk4ZWY4YTUxODAwZDU=

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:30 PM  

My point, Pat, is it's been raining for four decades, but now the damn storm has really gathered some strength. The conditions are TOO good for that.

By Blogger Leigh C., at 6:31 PM  

- I don't see Cao grabbing too much of the vote past Baton Rouge in those other parts people claim to be Louisiana as well. :P

Yeah but its just so screwed up it might work. I have a hunch that integrity can conquer partisanship...with the right campaign of course.

By Blogger Dambala, at 11:36 PM  

It is clear that unless we have another storm to push back the primaries that Joseph Cao was not going to win in 2010.

I love the hypocrisy of Republicans blaming Cao for not following the party line and then blaming Landrieu whenever she does happen to vote with her party.

And as to why I, a Democrat, would support Melancon for Senate? It is because he is the only Democrat who can beat David Vitter in 2010 Louisiana and I would rather a Democrat who votes with Obama some of the time than a Republican who votes with Obama none of the time. Ultimately, we need to make sure we have a Democratic supermajority in the Senate to make sure that we have enough votes to break a filibuster on judicial nominations.

By Anonymous Daniel Z, at 3:18 PM  

Dambala,

I'd bet you my Student Loan he'd be annihalated against Vitter in a Statewide campaign.

Vitter would have nothing more to do than bring up his vote for HealthCare up.

You think I'm joking, too...

By Blogger GO, at 5:42 PM  

The health Care bill is going to have to tackle all of the the big angry red pussy sores of politics and it is not coming out of the Senate anytime soon.

Abortion is just the first and it is not just social repukekins but there are plenty of dumbacrats that have problems with abortion. And this is the easy part to fix just deny federal monies to the procedure. Then we also have to deal with Illegal aliens. and we all saw how that went last time. Then the $$ becomes an issue can we afford it, at least in the short term. Then...Then ...Then... This is a sticky wicket and I dont see it coming out smelling pretty.

Oh do we get commentary about the 33 years dollar Bill got?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:35 PM  

cao is taking a beating from both sides.

i like it.

he has my vote next year just for making the entrenched on both sides "noivess".

and i dont know about the rest of yall but i live in his district.

go saints and sleep well my babies.

By Blogger GENTILLY YARD ART, at 10:23 PM  

Who is nervous?

By Anonymous Daniel Z, at 12:31 PM  

Gentilly, he just made himself the most ineffective Member of Congress in recent History.

Why exactly would anyone be nervous a man without a party, & no electoral base?

By Blogger GO, at 12:55 PM