Posted on | April 4, 2010 | 15 Comments
This story could have major ramifications in Georgia and beyond:
Left-wing rage over Georgia Rep. John Barrow’s vote against ObamaCare has reportedly prompted the powerful MoveOn.org political action committee to target him for defeat in this year’s Democratic primary.
Barrow was among those “Blue Dog” Democrats slammed last summer by MoveOn.org radio ads . . . Sources in Georgia tell the American Spectator that MoveOn.org’s PAC has already purchased time on Savannah stations for more anti-Barrow ads. . . .
Read the whole thing. Also check out this profile of Georgia’s 12th District by Jake at Red State. The situation confronting Barrow is the tip of an iceberg of “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” politics for Blue Dog Democrats this year.
In competitive districts, there wasn’t really a “safe” vote on ObamaCare for Democrats. On the one hand, a “yes” vote would put them in the crosshairs of conservatives; on the other hand, a “no” vote would undermine grassroots support among the liberal Democratic base. I expect that this November, you’ll see Blue Dogs defeated both ways. In fact, the eradication of the Blue Dogs as a meaningful influence in Democratic Party politics may be the most important part of Obama’s “legacy.”