Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)

Now that their scams have all been laid bare, Democratic leadership has resorted to firing on their own troops and threatening to run them all out of office if they don’t vote for the AHIP/PhRMA bailout.

So, it looks like it’s time to whip.

Earl Blumenauer was one of 65 members of Congress who pledged to vote against any bill without a public option.

He’s now using twitter to deride anyone who keeps the pledge he made:

Health care homestretch. People need to use their “inner wonk,” not outsource analysis to idiot “shouting heads.” Facts are clear.

Facts. . . yes, they are clear.  How about this one?


“Progressive only when it doesn’t matter” is Blumenauer’s schitck.  In 2007, he signed a letter saying he’d vote against any war funding bill without troop withdrawal provisions. But when the supplemental came up for a vote this year and he was in a position to actually do something about it, he voted for it anyway. Apparently ending the war is only something to be demagogued when Republicans are in office and there’s no hope of actually following through on your promises.

Last year, the online community raised $430,000 in gratitude for members of Congress who pledged to vote against any bill without a public option. Earl Blumenauer received $3,230 of that.

In our recent poll, 90% of our readers thought he should return the money if he doesn’t intend to keep his word.  And  that 76% of those responding to another survey (10,814) think that Democrats who go back on their pledge should be primaried.

Call Earl Blumenauer: DC Office (202) 225-4811, OR Office (503) 231-2300. Let us know what you hear:

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Write Oregon media and let them know they should ask Earl Blumenauer if  he intends to return the money.