The Consequences of Zero

Ah, those were the days: back when Republican Anh "Joseph" Cao upset corrupt incumbent Democrat William Jefferson in LA-02 -- a D+28 district, by the way -- leading John Boehner to declare "The Future is Cao."

My, how quickly things can change (h/t brownsox):

Congressman Joseph "Anh"Cao, a Republican, who defeated William "Bill" Jefferson is facing a recall petition because of his vote on the Barack Obama stimulus package.  The recall has been initiated by a group of ministers. [...]

Papers have been filed with the Office of the Louisiana Secretary of State which started the process requiring sufficient signatures to force a recall election for the office held by Representative Cao.

Cao had originally announced his intention to vote for the stimulus package but then Eric Cantor got his hooks into him and whipped him into a 'No.' After all, without Cao's 'No' vote, Cantor never could have boasted about the GOP's being "back in the saddle" after delivering the big Zero votes for the stimulus. The GOP's branding strategy is literally dependent on being the party of No and Cantor was not going to let Cao, who probably wouldn't have survived 2010 anyway, derail that. Now, thanks to Cantor, Cao may not even make it TO 2010.

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