Ellen Tauscher isn't a Conservative Democrat. She's a liberal

It would be one thing is Ellen Tauscher was really a conservative Democrat, who actually took positions and made statements based upon a genuine disagreement over policy with progressive Democrats.

But a look at her voting record demonstrates that, with the exception of a couple of issues, Tauscher is clearly a mainstream liberal.

She's solidly pro-choice on abortion.

She voted AGAINST the constitutuonal amendment banning Same Sex marriage.

She voted AGAINST making the PATRIOT Act permanent. In fact, she has an 87% rating from the ACLU!

She voted in FAVOR oif raising CAFE standards and AGAINST drilling in ANWR -- and has a 100% rating from the League of Conservation Voters. She also voted AGAINST CAFTA.

On "family" issues, she's rated 0% by the Christian Coalition!

And the list goes on and on. She does have a few blackmarks on her record {such as her support for the odious bankruptcy bill), but overall she has a mostly liberal voting record in Congress.

So Tauscher's recent attacks on the "progressives" in the Democratic party are NOT based upon ideology. They are based upon her inability to embrace her true liberal self, and call herself what she is.

Ellen Tausher is a liberal. She can try to deny it. She can pretend otherwise. But she is a liberal. Or a "progressive" if you prefer that term. For her to attack other liberals or progressives is, in my view, a means to advance her political career in a future statewide race in California, and not because she actually believes the crap she is spewing.

So, this makes her worse than a conservative Democrat. It makes her insincere, and someone who needs to be drummed out of the party. It would be one thing if she was actually a conservative Democrat who was at odds with the bulk of the party, or who had to protect herself in a marginal district. But, she's not.

She is pretending to be conservative for her own selfish political reasons, and could care less about the impact that has on the party as a whole. She needs to go.

UPDATE: Oh, and Tauscher, this year, received a %93 rating from the AFL-CIO. [Lifetime 79% rating]

Tags: CA-10, DLC, Ellen Tauscher (all tags)



Re: Ellen Tauscher isn't a Conservative Democrat.

You can be socially liberal and still be economically conservative. I don't know if she is, but I'm just noticing that all but one of the votes you list indicate a typical DLC Democrat (the CAFTA vote being the lone exception). That's not a progressive in my book.

by adamterando 2006-10-30 07:23AM | 0 recs
Re: Ellen Tauscher isn't a Conservative Democrat.

She has an 80% rating by the AFL-CIO.

She's a liberal.. M'KAY?

by Hesiod Theogeny 2006-10-30 08:19AM | 0 recs
Re: Ellen Tauscher isn't a Conservative Democrat.

Actually, the AFL-CIO gave Tauscher a 93% rating this year!

How many DLC dems get an over 90% rating by big labor?

by Hesiod Theogeny 2006-10-30 08:21AM | 0 recs
Re: Ellen Tauscher isn't a Conservative Democrat.

Just from the AFL_CIO?
Hillary Clinton got a 93%
Lieberman even got a 85%
and Blue Dog Harold Ford got a 73%

It's not the vote that counts as much as the leadership on the issue.

by maddogg 2006-10-30 12:08PM | 0 recs
Re: Ellen Tauscher isn't a Conservative Democrat.

You can be socially liberal and still be economically conservative

You can be a hemaphrodite too but not many are.

Are you saying that Ellen Tauscher is a big-spending, big-government conservative like most any Republican you can name?

Are you claiming that Ellen Tauscher is given to reform and breaking from the herd like a liberal instead of being a rubber stamp pack animal?  Doesn't sound like it.

People are mighty careless about language.

Best,  Terry

by terryhallinan 2006-10-30 12:16PM | 0 recs
there's nothing conservative

about sucking up to corporations and screwing workers (and american businesses) by promoting "free" trade agreements. tauscher is socially liberal and economically corporatist.

by wu ming 2006-10-30 12:44PM | 0 recs
Re: there's nothing conservative

Ummmm...so that's why she has an 80% lifetime rating from the AFL-CIO and voted ainst CAFTA?

by Hesiod Theogeny 2006-10-31 10:26AM | 0 recs
Re: Ellen Tauscher's voting record

Tauscher is a mildly conservative Democrat ranking 137 out of 202 (or below 68% of her fellow House democrats) on her Progressive Punch score.

That out of the way, most of her fellow NDC members have more conservative voting records than Tauscher,  She has a history of saying some bad things at the wrong time.

In my opinion, Tauscher's attitude and mouth make her a loose cannon much worse to have around than real conservative Democrats like Gene Taylor or Charlie Melancon (Melancon is also a member of the NDC but has anyone who saw him go after Bush and the Republicans on Katrina
recognizes), Melancon is no toady or scairedy cat.

by David Kowalski 2006-10-30 07:37AM | 0 recs
You don't get it

Liberal vs Conservative is not the issue.  If that was the issue, most people here would have no problem with Lieberman, since he's actually pretty liberal (with the notable exception being the issue of Iraq).  His problem, like Tauscher's, is not the voting record - it's his constant attacks on Democrats and false "bipartisanship" and "triangulation."  He takes every opportunity to chastise the Democratic base and repeat Republican talking points.  That's Lieberman's problem, and apparently that is now Tauscher's problem, too.

by Fran for Dean 2006-10-30 07:40AM | 0 recs
Re: You don't get it

Did you read my diary? Apparently not.

by Hesiod Theogeny 2006-10-30 08:16AM | 0 recs
Re: You don't get it

My apologies.  I think I skipped the last two paragraphs since I was expecting it to be more about her liberal credentials.  Sorry about that, have a 3!

by Fran for Dean 2006-10-30 09:14AM | 0 recs
Who are you

to read someone out of the Democratic Party who has run and been elected as a Democrat? I mean this is one arrogant rant. Do you live in her district? If you do, then run against her in a primary. If you don't, then your ranting and raving won't have any effect at all.

by mrgavel 2006-10-30 08:08AM | 0 recs
Re: Who are you

What's your opinion of Joe Lieberman and N ed Lamont?

Next quetsion, do you live in Connecticut?

by Hesiod Theogeny 2006-10-30 08:17AM | 0 recs
Re: Who are you

No, but on Nov. 8, it'll be time to get back to work, looking for a progressive Democrat to run against Tauscher in the promary. And the 11th district (Lantos) could use a spirited primary race, too.

by genwah 2006-10-30 02:43PM | 0 recs
Re: Who are you

FYI, CA-11 is Jerry McNerney's district.  Lantos is in CA-12.    

by Matt Lockshin 2006-12-12 12:50PM | 0 recs
Ellen Tauscher supports Net Neutrality.
I don't want a primary challenge against her because of one dubious remark she made. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2006/roll239. xml
by Eric Jaffa 2006-10-30 08:45AM | 0 recs
Re: Ellen Tauscher supports Net Neutrality.

Like I said, she's a liberal.

In fact, the next time she makes a stupid D:C comment like that, we should point out how liberal she actually is.

People will get the message.

by Hesiod Theogeny 2006-10-30 09:03AM | 0 recs
Re: lol

Well...I think it makes their criticism of her extremely valid.

Why in the world would a liberal congressperson blast the "progressives" in the party? I could understand it if she were actually a conservative or moderate Democrat. Or she had to run in a marginal district.

But she's not and she doesn't. So the attacks are simply gratuitous and stupid.

by Hesiod Theogeny 2006-10-30 11:37AM | 0 recs
Ellen Tauscher is my representative

Since California is strongly socially liberal, and Republicans here are socially conservative, we've evolved to have 3 de-facto parties: conservative Republicans, liberal Democrats, and socially liberal / otherwise moderate-conservative Democrats.  Tauscher voted for Bush's first tax cuts and voted for the Iraq war, although she is as socially liberal as just about every other California Democrat.  Ellen Tauscher defeated an incumbent Republican in a swing district in 1996 by spending $1 million of her own money.  Even though redistricting has made her safe since 2002, she still has the same ideology as when she was elected.

If she's attacking other Democrats, it's not because she isn't "embracing her true liberal self" or some such tripe - she's just being obnoxious.  Go ahead and criticize her for that, but it doesn't have a damn thing to do with her ideology.

by CA Pol Junkie 2006-10-30 01:37PM | 0 recs
She's mine too

I just voted for her again, as I have every time since she pretty much single handedly got rid of that creep Bill Baker.

Everyone should chill out about her rhetoric - she is working to take as many house seats as possible - house seats from suburban districts like hers.

She has been campaigning for McNerney to get rid of her neighbor Pombo.

To everyone whining about Tauscher: Go out and work to take over congress. Your real enemy is in the White House laughing at you.

by mo 2006-10-30 01:54PM | 0 recs
Excuse me?

1) She has been campaigning for McNerney to get rid of her neighbor Pombo.

2) To everyone whining about Tauscher: Go out and work to take over congress.

I take exception to these remark. Some of us have been busting our humps to take back Congress.  I know for a fact that I spent more time getting Jerry McNerney elected than you.  Moreover, there are tons of people who went from CA-10 to CA-11 time after time.  This isn't just a blogosphere thing and a lot of the people most pissed at Tauscher are the people who do the most work to grow the Democratic Party in her district.  

Ellen Tauscher supported Steve "the grassroots aren't stakeholders in the Democratic Party" Filson against McNerney. And when Filson lost, it took her a long, long time to help out.  Furthermore, it's people like Tauscher who destroy the grassroots by supporting Republicans over Democrats for down-ticket races.  Or maybe I should point out that she has a pattern of ridiculing her constituents when they challenge her on her votes.  I'm sure that's an endearing quality to have in your elected representative.      

3) just voted for her again, as I have every time since she pretty much single handedly got rid of that creep Bill Baker.

Single handedly?  Huh, I know a lot of people who worked to defeat Bill Baker.  I guess they don't count.      

by Matt Lockshin 2006-12-12 01:06PM | 0 recs


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