From Star City Harbinger:
Perriello says ‘yes’; Boucher says ‘no’Nice try. No cookie.
According to the New York Times which posted the vote tally this morning, Freshman Representative Tom Perriello voted in favor of last night’s landmark health care reform.
Perriello’s choice can only be described as politically courageous. Bloggers and pundits have been chasing the first year member of Congress to pin him down on his intentions in the run-up to the vote. At times, Perriello has been coy.
But last night Perriello put aside reelection fears in a conservative district and voted to provide coverage for the thousands of his constituents who lack quality, affordable care. [link]
1) If that health care plan was such a sweet deal for Perriello's constituents, why was it so "courageous" for him to vote for it? It would seem, if this guy is right about ObamaCare, that Perriello's vote would have been a no-brainer. And the good people of Southside would be singing his praises.
Put another way, did Perriello vote (courageously) in favor of a plan that will do grievous harm to the people of Southside? Is that what made his vote courageous?
Which brings me to point number (2):
Perriello couldn't decide, for the longest time, how he was going to vote on ObamaCare. The Democratic leadership in the House, at crunch time, twisted his arm and he, caving to their pressures, acquiesced and voted in lock-step with his party.
I think we'll let the good people of Virginia's 5th Congressional District decide that.