Adam B had a great diary on the reclist showing "Democrats who took the toughest Votes" i.e Democrats in Republican leaning districts who voted against Stupak and for healthcare. Please read that first and contribute if you are able.
Before Adam posted his diary I had been working on compiling all the votes of Democrats in Republican districts. 69 Democrats were elected in Republican districts in 2008. John Murtha passed away and Eric Massa ... well we know all about him. Out of the 67 remaining a full 37 of them voted for the Senate bill and 30 voted NO.
Here are the Yes Votes:
|SC-05||John M. Spratt, Jr||R+7||1982|
|TX-27||Solomon P. Ortiz||R+2||1982|
The majority were elected between 2006 to 2009 and identify as moderate or Blue Dog (with the exception of John Hall and Alan Grayson who are members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus).
Obviously some of these members are relatively secure (e.g Nick Rahall, Stupak(?)) but the majority really do appear to have competitive races and HCR will be a campaign issue.
In my inexpert scanning it looks like Carney, Kirkpatrick, Markey, Mitchell and Perriello will have some of the toughest races. Throw in Boccieri, Dahlkemper and Bill Owens in there too.
Blue Dogs can come in handy: Clearly HCR would not have passed without the support of the majority of these members. Even though Blue Dogs can be aggravating to Progressives they really can come through on crucial votes. I think this validates the 50 State Strategy.
They really did take tough votes: While researching this diary I found many of them are already being blasted for their HCR and "Cap and Trade" votes by their Republican challengers. They knew that their vote would be used against them in the general and possibly cost them their seat, yet they went ahead and votes "Aye" anyway.
So I re-iterate Adam's call, lets show some love to some of these members. They represent moderate to conservative districts. Most of them are pro-life and pro-gun. They aren't going to be with you on everything you want. But when the most important vote came up they were willing to stand up and be counted.