Thursday, August 5, 2010

Henry Waxman says Dems Hardest to Pull into Line Won't be Back After Elections: Waxman Republican Tyranny in Senate

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) says the Democrats in the House who have been the toughest to "pull into line" won't win relection, making it easier for a Democrat House majority to control - yes he believes they will maintain control. But Henry is discouraged by the Senate's Republican "tyranny of 60 votes." Interesting in that Democrats never fail to make an issue of conservative talk of tyranny emanating from the White House.

Henry Waxman

Maintaining control means buying votes:
Waxman has rewarded loyalty to the Democratic agenda through his leadership political action committee, L.A. PAC. Each of the 14 donations of $5,000 the committee made after the final healthcare vote in March went to Democrats who voted yes. 
But buying the votes doesn't always work
A single contribution of a lesser amount, $3,000, was sent in April to Rep. Walt Minnick (D-Idaho), one of the party’s most vulnerable members, who voted against the bill. In January, Waxman gave $10,000 to Rep. Zack Space (D-Ohio), a month after he voted for the initial House version of healthcare reform. Two months later, Space voted against the final bill. 
And Waxman predicts a conundrum for Republicans:
“With the increased Republican margins, they won’t be able to act as if they have no responsibilities. I think they are going to be called on to be accountable … so that may produce opportunities for bipartisanship,” Waxman said.
Waxman is serving his 18th term in the House. His district included Hollyood, Malibue and Santa Monica. In 2009 he was considered the second most partisan Dem behind Pelosi

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