TDS Contributor Robert Creamer (via HuffPo) presents a list of 10 blunders behind the choice of those Democrats who cast a "nay" vote in last Saturday's health care bill circus.
All of them are great points, and many of them are nuggets of thought Rep. Jim Matheson should be pondering.
But there were two sentences that I think perfectly summed up my feelings on why Matheson made a mistake opposing the bill. (emphasis mine)
News flash to Democrats who voted against the health bill: not one of the "tea party" gang is going to support you in 2010. Whether you voted yes or no, they are all going to work their hearts out for your opponent.To be fair, Matheson will get another chance to be on the right side of this issue, morally, and from an electoral future perspective. But without an energized base, and with his assured ownership of whatever bill passes regardless of how he votes, Matheson is digging down, not up.
Obviously I disagree with Matheson from a policy point of view on this one. That's not the argument I'm trying to make.
I'm just pointing out that he's practicing some very short sighted, even self-defeating strategy running right on an issue he's going to own either way in 2010.