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Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) believes the November elections will likely weed out some of the “most difficult Democrats” that leadership lawmakers have dealt with this Congress.
In an interview with The Hill, the Energy and Commerce Committee chairman expressed confidence that Democrats will retain the House, and suggested he won’t miss some of the Democrats who won’t be back next year.
“I think a lot of the House seats we’re going to lose are those who have been the toughest for the Democrats to pull into line — the Democrats that have been the most difficult,” Waxman said.
It'll be November's biggest irony -- the voters will turn against Democrats in significant numbers because of the economy, or better put, the lack of jobs. But it won't be Democrats who supported a larger (more effective stimulus), or job benefits extensions, or aid to states, or other measures designed to deal with our shitty economy.
Rather, it'll be the Blue Dog Democrats who think their voters care more about deficits than jobs that will take the brunt of this beating. And really, to them, good riddance.
My biggest worry won't be over the size of a decimated Blue Dog caucus, but how many truly good Democrats get taken out as collateral damage.
Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Aug 09, 2010 at 09:30 AM PDT.