Have you thought about what you're going to do after you get bounced?
Freshmen Dems Torn by Party, Voters on Health CareHere's your problem as I see it, Tom. You vote for ObamaCare, in whatever form it ends up taking, and you'll have the undying support of Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank.
By the Associated Press
Fork Union, Va. (AP) -- By his ninth town hall meeting this week -- in a sweltering Virginia middle school auditorium -- freshman Rep. Tom Perriello is no longer fazed by angry crowds mobilized for and against health care reform.
He and other backbencher Democrats thrown into the front lines of the debate are caught in a crossfire between their congressional leaders to the left and conservative constituents to the right. These newcomers hold clout that could determine if health care legislation passes -- and in what form.
Perriello won by just 727 votes last year, and with re-election looming in just 15 months, he has no choice but face critics in town hall meetings around his rural swing district in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. As his car rolled into an overflowing parking lot, he was greeted by protesters on both sides of the debate: ''Public Option or No Re-Election,'' read one sign. Another declared, ''No Obama Care.''
''I certainly catch it from both sides,'' Perriello said. [link]
But neither votes in your district.
The increasingly conservative - and increasingly angry - people of the 5th Congressional District do.
The decision is yours, big guy. Vote with the liberals up north and get a good write-up in the New York Times. And in a few short months begin looking for gainful employment.
Or do what this democratic republic of ours demands: Representation.