Primary Targets on Iraq: Allen Boyd?
by Matt Stoller, Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 07:01:19 AM EDT
If you want a focus for your anger on Iraq, there are a few members to look at. The most prominent - the one who forced Pelosi to drop the Iran attack language - is Allen Boyd, who is coincidentally also the only Democrat to offer an alternative to Bush's Social Security plan in 2005. His voting record is up and down, somewhat reflective of his rural-ish district that has military bases. He's a genuine split-the-middler, pretty bad on choice, net neutrality, pro-corporate, with a mixed record on civil rights (including a vote for the hate amendment).
Most significantly, Boyd is a horrible Democrat on Iraq. I don't know Florida's 2nd particularly well, but the Florida Democratic Party is a mess, and I could see an activist challenger working effectively to capitalize on Boyd's weaknesses.
UPDATE: Ari Berman does some background reporting on Boyd and the Webb amendment.
UPDATE 2 (Chris): Josh Marshall called for a primary against Boyd over two years ago. When you have lost Josh Marshall...
UPDATE: I stand corrected on the FL party. It's improving.