Latest polls show that Rep Colleen Hanabusa's ego-driven primary challenge to progressive Sen Brain Schatz is faltering as Sen Schatz opens up a 15 point lead.
Hanabusa's solution? To brag about what a "great legislator" she is because she - wait for it - voted with the Tea Party against the budget bill.
The last budget bill was a stinker, that's true. But it prevented yet more Sequester cuts going into effect to programs that are important for working families. The deal was needed to avoid catastrophe, and most observers think the compromise was the best deal that could be expected when Republicans control the house.
Senator Patty Murray is credited by objective commentators for skillful negotiations. Those who supported Senator Murray’s budget deal include:
- President Obama
- Senators Mazie Hirono
- Bernie Sanders
- Brian Schatz
- Elizabeth Warren
- Tammy Duckworth
- Tulsi Gabbard
- Alan Grayson
- Mike Honda
- John Lewis
- Doris Matsui
- Senators Ted Cruz
- Rand Paul
- Mitch McConnell
- Representatives Michele Bachmann
- Louie Gohmert
- Trey Gowdy
- most Tea Party groups and the Koch brothers
- Rep Colleen Hanabusa (DINO-HI)
Hanabusa has chosen to ally herself with the latter group – and to base her campaign on a single vote in which she was opposed by every other member of Hawaii’s congressional delegation and the President of the United States
Way to go, Colleen!
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