The Save My Seat Shuffle

We see this all the time. Politicians changing their stripes to save their seats. And this year, it’s all the rage among Democrats, trying to out Republican, Republicans. It happened in PA 12. It’s a scam. Period. In the words of the great one, Mark Levin, there I said it.

Four Democrats, not known as fiscal conservatives, but are known for hanging with their homies on everything from stimulus to health care, are suddenly fiscal conservatives … and get this … are asking Republicans, Republicans, to join them in their quest to cut spending. But all is not as it seems. It’s a fraud.

Each one of these Democrats is up for re-election in what many consider to be traditionally Republican House seats … and quite naturally, they are feeling the heat. One of them, Jim Himes, from Connecticut’s fourth district. CT Capital Report headlines it as Himes going “rogue”. Hardly. More like Himes trying to save his … umm … Himes.

From Politico:

Reps. Gary Peters, John Adler (D-N.J.), Jim Himes (D-Conn.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) are getting more vocal on their concerns about government spending. They’re forming a working group to propose major cuts to spending in areas like defense, energy, housing and agriculture that they say would save about $70 billion over ten years …

At the same time, Peters, Adler and Himes benefit from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Frontline” program, which funnels money from well-established Democrats to those in traditionally Republican districts.

Himes defeated Republican Chris Shays in 2008 to get the spot, which Shays had held since 1987. Peters represents historically Republican Detroit suburbs, while Adler hails from what is considered New Jersey’s swing district …

None of the members are Blue Dogs, who are traditionally known for their concern about government spending.

Sorry but letters don’t count as going rogue. Here’s a link to the Congressman’s voting record. Plus this. He gets a 95% rating from Americans for Democratic Action, and only voted more conservative on fiscal issues than 34% of his House colleagues. In that Congress that means only Pelosi is more liberal.

I’m glad Himes suddenly has found religion. But he can’t hide from his record and neither can the others. My guess he and the rest will be “back sliders” if they win re-election.

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Jim Vicevich

Jim is a veteran broadcaster and conservative/libertarian blogger with more than 25 years experience in TV and radio. Jim's was the long-term host of The Jim Vicevich Show on WTIC 1080 in Hartford from 2004 through 2019. Prior to radio, Jim worked as a business and financial reporter for NBC30 - the NBC owned TV station in Hartford - and as business editor at WFSB-TV in Hartford for 14 years while earning six Emmy nominations and three Telly Awards.


  1. Dimsdale on July 20, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    The emperor has no clothes, and these rubber stamping toadies have no decency.  Ever notice how a Democrat in a difficult race has to pretend to be a conservative to get elected?  Someone should tell some Democrat wannabe RINOs about this.  Bottom line: conservatism sells.  Honest conservatism really sells (see Gov. Christie; don't see the RNC).

  2. NH-Jim on July 21, 2010 at 5:18 am

    Deja Vu:

    Re: Senator Joe Lieberman.

    Hey, I hear these guys have a bridge or two to sell us!

    • Dimsdale on July 21, 2010 at 8:36 am

      And some beachfront property along the Arizona border with Mexico…

  3. johnboy111 on July 21, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    live in mass.?????scott brown//better than teddy boy??pray so??

  4. winnie888 on July 21, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    "are known for hanging with their homies"…omg, Jim, I about fell off my CHAIR! (you are soooooo raaaaaaaaaaaaaacist!)  Just kidding, of course….  ;D

    I think someone ought to tell these guys that true conservative voters can sniff out a fake conservative dem from miles & miles & miles away…A leopard never changes its spots. Democrats do NOT suddely becomed fiscally conservative! The dead give in their proposed cuts to save 70 billion?  Cutting defense.  hee hee hee!!!  Have they learned nothing?


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