The Moderate Squeeze
by Matt Stoller, Fri Jun 30, 2006 at 11:44:51 AM EDT
This new radiio ad from the DCCC hits moderate Republican Heather Wilson hard, pegging her for missing votes to attend fundraisers with Bush. Wilson is part of a band of moderate Republicans that are vulnerable this cycle because of the poor climate for Republicans.
Watch them change their voting patterns in response to the squeeze. For instance, this corporate, excuse me, 'free' trade agreement with Oman, which passed the Senate with the help of 10 Democrats (Baucus, Cantwell, Clinton, Kerry, Landrieu, Lieberman, Nelson (FL), Nelson (NE), Obama and Salazar), is now going to the House. It'll be interesting to see what kind of pressure the House moderates are under to vote against leadership on this. Oman has horrifying labor standards, and has been tagged with real human trafficking (ie. slavery) charges.
Can moderates afford to vote for pacts like this anymore? It's an interesting question.
Update: There are some really cool New Mexico blogs, which imaprogressive pointed me to. New Mexico FBIHop, Demfemme, DFA New Mexico, and What Do I Know all dislike Wilson for a lot of reasons, and probably wouldn't characterize her as a moderate. For some reason, when I looked about nine months ago, I couldn't find any New Mexico blogs. There seem to be a lot now.