Losing It

Maxine Waters is losing it. She’s threatening Blue Dogs if they do not toe the leftist line:

Seven Blue Dogs on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have effectively blocked the panel from working on the bill for more than a week, saying it’s too expensive and puts too much of a burden on small employers.

Asked if she would recruit more liberal candidates to run against Blue Dogs, Waters said, “That’s normally not done.”

But she added: “There may be people out there listening and observing all of this who may get motivated based on what they’re seeing and throw their hat into the ring.”

She also criticized White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for recruiting many of the House’s more conservative members when he headed the House Democrats’ campaign arm. Now, she said, “The chickens are coming home to roost.”

Waters is known as a firebrand who isn’t afraid to stir up controversy in her own party. But she is also a member of leadership, as a chief deputy whip, and chairs a subcommittee on the House Financial Services Committee

Her remarks were an escalation from more veiled remarks from liberals last week, such as Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Barbara Lee’s (D-Calif.) saying, “We don’t think any one group in our caucus ought to be able to derail this.”

That’s pretty blunt even if she did try to put it on others. Never mind that a Waters-style statist authoritarian would get about six votes in the districts the Blue Dogs represent. It’s always amusing to see Democrats begin to tear themselves apart.

If I was one of the members Waters threatened, I’d be even less likely to vote on her side of the issue after this. This is personal, now.

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5 Responses to Losing It

  1. The only place I’d disagree with you is where you say Maxine “is” losing it. She’s the congresscritter in the district next door to mine and, believe me, she lost it long ago.

  2. Ted Goldman says:

    Paraphrasing soon to be Justice Sotomayor, “How can a foolish black Congresswoman make a decison as wise as a blue dog democrat?” Maxine Waters supports Sotomayor, so any problem with my remark would be hypocritical.

  3. crosspatch says:

    Maxine needs to be careful. I hear Obama, as part of Obamacare, is going to be rolling out a “Cash For Geezers” program and her family might just turn her in.

  4. Gaius says:

    Yeah, I probably should have added “as usual” to that. She really does do this fairly regularly.

  5. Mwalimu Daudi says:

    If I was one of the members Waters threatened, I’d be even less likely to vote on her side of the issue after this.

    That would be true for anyone with an ounce of character and self-respect.

    But these are “conservative” Democrats. And a conservative Democrat is someone who, getting caught naked in bed with Ted Kennedy, justifies it by saying, “Don’t worry – we’re not really in love!”

    Watch for most – maybe all – of the Blue Dogs to roll over for Waters. They fear ACORN and the wrath of the New York Times more than the voters.

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