Faint Hearted Faction Update
by Gary Boatwright, Thu Jan 13, 2005 at 11:00:46 AM EST
Update [2005-1-13 16:31:31 by JollyBuddah]: [Rep. Adam Smith came around].
Rep. Robert "Bud" Cramer (D-AL)
Rep. Harold Ford (D-Tenn) (#)
Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wisc)
Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN)
Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO) (#)
Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA)
Rep. John Tanner (D-Tenn)
Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss)
Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE)
Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR)
Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE)
Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN)
(Say It Ain't So) Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT)
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) (#)
Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA) (#)
(ed.note: 'L&P!' designates members who are "Loud and Proud!" in their support of the president's private-accounts-based Social Security phase-out bill. "OFO?" designates members who may already have "One Foot Out" of the Fainthearted Faction. Linked asterisks (*) note events, statements or stories that have affected a member's position within the Fainthearted Faction.)
Jolly Buddah editors note: asteriks replaced with #
And an interesting Robert Novak editorial in which he claims that:
Four Democrat senators met in Graham's office with him and two GOP committee chairmen. It was not really negotiating, but the prelude to negotiating a bipartisan agreement. Graham put it to me this way: ''Nobody has crossed the Rubicon yet, but maybe they can see it.''
Novak names names:
Baucus has denied being in the Fainthearted Faction. Lieberman, Nelson and Lincoln deserve some extra special attention. These three in particular, need to hear from their constituents and anybody else who doesn't want to see Social Security dismantled.
This also raises a challenge from the DNC Chair candidates about how they would handle this situation if they became chair. Do Dean, Rosenberg and Fowler think it is acceptable to let the Fainthearted Faction go their own way on Social Security? What sanctions are any of them willing to impose for any Democratic member who crosses the rubicon and gives Bush bi-partisan cover to dismantle Social Security?
Josh also links to a list of 25 vulnerable Republicans at The Left Coaster with large senior populations in their district. How many seats do we need to win back the House?
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