Following up on the thread here, I want to give you guys one more thread to discuss whom we should include on an ActBlue page to reward Democrats who took a risk to support this bill. The criteria I’m looking for are:
* Voted yes.
* Conservative district or very close call in ’08.
* Announced support before Stupak’s presser last night made it “safe” to do so.
* Pelosi and Jerry Nadler (reason here) will also go in.
A number of Democrats put the well-being of uninsured Americans ahead of their own jobs. In my view that is the ultimate test of a civic-minded legislator and I think they deserve our thanks.
So far I have heard good arguments for Tom Periello, John Boccieri, Betsy Markey, Melissa Bean, Henry Cuellar, Chris Carney, Brad Ellsworth, Gabrielle Giffords and Ann Kilpatrick.
I do not plan to reward liberals who played footsie with firebaggers. Grijalva and Kucinich, for example, risked little with a ‘yes’ vote. Stupak I might just leave alone. His speech that shut down last night’s motion to recommit at least convinced me to stop whipping donations for his primary challenger.
Use the thread to discuss the list. I will post an ActBlue link later this afternoon.
Mary Jo Kilroy also.
Alan Grayson and Solomon Ortiz sound like good picks. I’m agnostic on Steve Dreihaus. He has a tough haul ahead of him, and he did vote yes, but I do not want to reward Stupak’s hard-core supporters who waited until absolutely the last minute to support the bill.