Why won’t Sherrod Brown take credit for passing Obamacare?

Today should be a happy day for Ohio’s senior U.S. Senator, Sherrod Brown, the Democrat whose vote pushed Obamacare over the finish line in March of 2010. After all, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld it today. There was a time way back in October 2010 ancient history when Sherrod Brown urged his fellow Democrats to run for election with the passage of Obamacare as their main campaign theme.

But a funny thing has happened in the 20 months since: Sherrod Brown doesn’t talk about Obamacare anymore. Notice anything missing from these two screen shots (taken an hour ago) of his Twitter activity?

Sherrod Brown on Obamacare

Sherrod Brown on Obamacare

If you peruse the press releases on his campaign web site, you’ll find no mentions of Obamacare. On his Senate site, you’ll see a prime example of spreading the blame:

“Supreme Court Justices appointed by presidents of both parties today made an independent legal judgment to uphold the health law. I hope today’s ruling will put an end to the partisan bickering so that we can continue our focus on jobs and improving the economy” Brown said.

Translation: “Don’t blame me and my party for this abomination. Let’s talk about something else. Please.” If you manage to confront him in person and ask him about his instrumental support for Obamacare — without which it would not have passed — his response will be the following:

Look! Shiny object!

C’mon, Senator, man up for once. Own it. Obamacare is your baby.

The do-nothing Senate

The House of Representatives (242 Republicans, 192 Democrats) has passed a budget every year and sent it to the Senate. The Senate (53 Democrats, 47 Republicans) has refused to pass a budget for 1,057 days and counting. Passing a budget in the Senate requires 51 votes.  Remind me again: which one is the do-nothing party?

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) sure is a useful tool.

Obama and Reid

But hey, to hear our own Sherrod Brown (D-OH) tell it, passing a budget isn’t all that meaningful.

Sherrod Brown to Dems: “Hey, let’s run on Obamacare”

I wonder if Senator Brown’s successor in the U.S. House, Betty Sutton, will take his advice and run on Obamacare, the GM bailout, the Chrysler bailout, the government takeover of the student loan industry, and the rest of the Democrat Party record? Or will she continue to flail around and dishonestly sling mud?
Click any of these memory-jogging graphics for more information on that Democrat record that Sherrod Brown’s so proud of:
unemployed over 26 weeks as of June 2010
scary chart

A response from Sherrod Brown

On Monday I asked three questions of my Congresscritters, the liberal troika of Representative Betty Sutton (D-OH), Senator George Voinovich (R-OH), and Senator Sherrod Brown(D-MoveOn.org):

  1. Will you condemn MoveOn.org’s full-page ad slandering General David Petraeus as “General Betray Us” and claiming that he is “cooking the books for the White House”? See http://pol.moveon.org/petraeus.html
  2. Are America and political Islam (a.k.a. “sharia”) at war? If so, should America seek to achieve anything more than dismantling al Qaeda and capturing/killing Osama bin Laden?
  3. Should America forcibly crush and discredit political Islam (a.k.a. “sharia”) while preserving individual Muslims’ right to worship peacefully? If so, how? If not, what will the consequences be for America?

As I predicted, Senator Sherrod Brown replied first.

Dear Mr. [omitted]:
Thank you for sharing your views on the testimony of General Petraeus and our military involvement in Iraq.
The government has lost his focus on the war on terror. I am concerned about the long term and open ended commitments proposed in the hearing, especially when our troops are in harm’s way without the equipment they need. Both Republicans and Democrats posed difficult questions during the 9/10/07 and 9/11/07 hearings at which General Petraeus testified. I believe it was their solemn obligation to do so, and that General Petraeus was prepared for a candid, hard hitting and thorough inquiry.
I will continue to provide support to our troops and, work for their redeployment as soon as safely possible.
Thank you again for writing.
Sincerely,
Sherrod Brown

Can anybody make heads or tails of this? This has got to be a canned reply from some staffer. If Sherrod Brown actually wrote this, then I’m apparently being represented by an idiot. This is no reply at all, but then I’m not the only one having a hard time pinning Slippery Sherrod down.
Henry Payne has it right:


Update: I just sent the following message to Senator Brown’s office through his web site.

On Monday I asked you to answer the following three questions:

  1. Will you condemn MoveOn.org’s full-page ad slandering General David Petraeus as “General Betray Us” and claiming that he is “cooking the books for the White House”? See http://pol.moveon.org/petraeus.html
  2. Are America and political Islam (a.k.a. “sharia”) at war? If so, should America seek to achieve anything more than dismantling al Qaeda and capturing/killing Osama bin Laden?
  3. Should America forcibly crush and discredit political Islam (a.k.a. “sharia”) while preserving individual Muslims’ right to worship peacefully? If so, how? If not, what will the consequences be for America?

You sent me this canned reply:
“The government has lost his focus on the war on terror. I am concerned about the long term and open ended commitments proposed in the hearing, especially when our troops are in harm’s way without the equipment they need. Both Republicans and Democrats posed difficult questions during the 9/10/07 and 9/11/07 hearings at which General Petraeus testified. I believe it was their solemn obligation to do so, and that General Petraeus was prepared for a candid, hard hitting and thorough inquiry.”
You didn’t even attempt to answer my questions. I’m giving you another opportunity to do so now.

Let’s see what Slippery Sherrod does.

When you can’t argue the facts, attack the questioner

Listen to Senator Sherrod Brown (D-MoveOn) face tough questioning for a change, courtesy of WTAM’s Bob Frantz. The interview wrapped up less than an hour ago. Jump ahead to minute 29.

When Brown found himself cornered between MoveOn.org’s slimy anti-Petraeus ad and Dennis Kucinich’s anti-American grandstanding on terrorist TV, our junior Senator shifted to personal attacks on Frantz.

C’mon, Senator. You didn’t see Kucinich on TV, and you have no opinion on the MoveOn.org ad? How dumb do you think we are?

Three defense questions for Sutton, Brown and Voinovich (UPDATED)

Here are three questions I just posed to my U.S. Representative and both of my U.S. Senators:

  1. Will you condemn MoveOn.org’s full-page ad slandering General David Petraeus as “General Betray Us” and claiming that he is “cooking the books for the White House”? See http://pol.moveon.org/petraeus.html
  2. Are America and political Islam (a.k.a. “sharia”) at war? If so, should America seek to achieve anything more than dismantling al Qaeda and capturing/killing Osama bin Laden?
  3. Should America forcibly crush and discredit political Islam (a.k.a. “sharia”) while preserving individual Muslims’ right to worship peacefully? If so, how? If not, what will the consequences be for America?

I submitted each question simultaneously to Representative Betty Sutton, Senator George Voinovich, and Senator Sherrod Brown via their web sites. It’ll be interesting to read their responses … assuming that they reply, of course. Betty Sutton’s not exactly a paragon of virtue when it comes to answering questions (especially the last two). George Voinovich has a habit of ignoring uncomfortable inquiries as well.
Sherrod Brown’s a different story though; for all my strong disagreements with him on practically every possible issue, he’s extremely responsive. When he was my Representative his office responded promptly to every question I submitted through his web site, even though my stance was clearly conservative. My hat’s off to Senator Brown and his staff, and I’m confident that he’ll reply promptly this time too.
The race is on. Tune in for updates.

Update 1: I have a hunch that Ohio’s junior Senator will be reluctant to condemn today’s slander, since MoveOn.org spent $25,899 to help elect Senator Brown.
Update 2: Perhaps we should ask different questions. Good point. Who is the anonymous Senator working with MoveOn.org?
Update 3: Whoa. I’ve been digging through MoveOn.org’s finances for the 2006 election cycle, and there are some eye-popping numbers to discuss. Stay tuned for a big post.
Update 4: Here ya go. Follow the money.
Update 5: Senator Brown replied. Sort of.

Election predictions

Our side will lose seats, but I predict that the Republicans will hold both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House. Mike DeWine will barely beat Sherrod Brown.
The Democratic Party will descend into vicious infighting as it tries to assign blame for its failure. John Kerry will be the first and most prominent whipping boy. The left-wing blogs will scream bloody murder about “voter suppression” and “election fraud”, since they cannot comprehend the possibility that the majority of voters don’t share the left’s beliefs.
The Dinosaur Media will breathlessly report electronic voting problems and will try to sway late voters with wildly inaccurate exit polls purporting to show Democrat victory in the offing. Once it becomes clear that the Republicans have squeaked out a win, the media will openly bemoan Democrat ineptness, finally casting aside any illusion of objectivity and impartiality. They will continue to hemorrhage what little credibility they still have, and the next round of newspaper circulation numbers and TV news ratings will show major drops across the board.
My Congressional District, the 13th, will be saddled with Democrat Betty Sutton, which is a no-brainer thanks to the inept and under-funded campaign of RINO Craig Foltin.
Issue 2 (boosting the minimum wage) will pass by a close margin, Issue 3 (legalized gambling) will fail by a close margin, Issue 4 (limited smoking ban) will fail, and Issue 5 (total smoking ban) will fail by a large margin.
I grind my teeth to say it but I think Ted Strickland will be our new Governor … yet Ken Blackwell will only lose by less than 7%. Most importantly, Blackwell will capture more than 1/3 of the black vote, which will ring alarm bells throughout the Democratic Party.
[Cross-posted at The S.O.B. Alliance]

Update: To quote Emily Litella … never mind.

Mike DeWine, Sherrod Brown, or a rusty fork to the eyeball? I’m torn.

In the recent past I’ve advocated support for Bill Pierce, a conservative challenger to incumbent U.S. Senator Mike DeWine. Well, chalk that up to stupid idealism. Pierce is roadkill in the May 2nd Republican primary, based on the results of the latest poll by the Columbus Dispatch, which has DeWine in front with 61% to Pierce’s 1%. With only 34% undecided, RINO Mike is again our standard-bearer by default. I’ll vote for him only because when compared to Sherrod Brown he’s the lesser of two evils. It will still chap my backside to support DeWine, a gutless member of the Gang of Fourteen, but I know better than to let Brown (my current congresscritter) get involved in judicial nominations and foreign affairs.
George Will is watching us here in Ohio, and in his latest column he predicts a tight Senate race between Brown and DeWine. I’m not so sure it’ll be close. DeWine’s lead over Brown grew from 5% in January to a 9% margin in a February 18th Rasmussen poll. Here’s hoping that trend continues.
Two key paragraphs from Will’s column:

DeWine is seeking a third term in an inhospitable environment — the middle of the second term of an incumbent president of his own party. That is when the electorate often experiences “the six-year itch,” the desire to reshuffle the political deck. … The redistricting done for incumbent-protection after the 2000 Census may have made the House almost impervious to the itch … so voters might vent their restlessness in Senate elections. And “restless” hardly describes Ohio’s dyspeptic mood regarding its Republicans, who hold all statewide offices. Scandals and tax increases drove Gov. Bob Taft’s approval rating in one poll to six. He has bounced all the way back to 16. Richard Nixon’s job approval rating was 24 on the eve of his resignation.

DeWine, one of only four senators who supported John McCain in 2000, is a moderate conservative with an independent streak — for example, he has repeatedly voted against drilling in ANWR. This may be enough to annoy some conservatives without being sufficient to distance him from the state Republican shambles. We shall find out late on Election Night when, as usual, the nation will be watching Ohio.

I’m so very, very tired of the Ohio GOP establishment and its candidates. They campaign as center-right conservatives but govern as liberals. The current leadership of the Ohio Republican Party foolishly thinks this state’s voters can be made to march in lockstep behind any old fool as long as the candidate hangs an (R) after their surname. Well, this primary makes me feel like the proverbial critter caught in a leg trap who’s forced to gnaw off a paw to survive. I’ll reluctantly march to the polls this year and vote for RINO Mike, but if the Ohio GOP fields another crop of liberals in 2008 and expects me to step out smartly with two gnawed-off stumps, I’ll cheerfully tell them where they can put this year’s leg.

Update (11:25 PM): Tom from BizzyBlog.com points out that the poll is unreliable, and the Dispatch itself has a sorry history of shoddy polling practices. Here’s the key paragraph I missed when I scanned through the article this morning:

The mail poll of 2,894 registered Democratic voters and 2,874 registered Republicans voters from March 15 through Friday has a margin of sampling error of 2 percentage points.

Notice it was a mail-in poll; those are notoriously unreliable. Also, the respondents were registered voters, not likely voters. That makes a big difference, too. Dave at NixGuy.com has more analysis that tracks with BizzyBlog’s.