March 16th, 2010 5:33 pm | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics

Earl Blumenauer Catches Some "Friendly Fire" On Health Care Vote


Now that it's nut-cracking time (yet again) in the health care debate marathon, it's U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer's turn to take a little rhetorical fire for his views on the upcoming vote.

The criticism in this case is "friendly fire" coming from the left after the Oregon Democrat wrote yesterday on Twitter in support of a yes vote, "Health care homestretch. People need to use their "inner wonk," not outsource analysis to idiot "shouting heads." Facts are clear."

That prompted firedoglake's Jane Hamsher to counter this morning that Blumenauer should stick to his pledge or give back some campaign contributions.

Since Blumenauer is a virtual lock for re-election in his heavily Democratic district and Oregon's candidate filing deadline has passed without Blumenauer facing a significant primary challenge, it's unlikely any of this pressure will sway the veteran congressman.

Of course it's a different story for first-term Rep. Kurt Schrader, a Democrat whose Willamette Valley district is considered in political play this election. Schrader is expected to face a major challenge in the general election from Republican Scott Bruun, and he's got political pressures to vote no, but from the standpoint that he's got people in his ear saying a yes vote will cost him independent voters in the swing district.

We'll leave the final word on all this in-fighting among Democrats and their allies to Will Rogers.
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