Sunday, November 28, 2010

Shut-up Stupid Sunday: Ben Chandler

My wonderful congressman Ben Chandler is blaming Obama and Pelosi for his miserable showing in the election.

"If not there, where else does the responsibility lie?" said Chandler, D-Versailles.

There is an old saying when you point your finger at someone there are three fingers pointing back at you. Chandler is one of the few surviving members of the Blue Dog Democrats, Democrats that vote with the Republicans the majority of the time. The Blue Dogs lost 20 seats in the past election, the progressives lost 2. The reason Chandler nearly lost to Andy Barr, whose claim to fame is that he was the only member of Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s inner circle to not face indictment, was that people prefer their Republican Congressmen to have an R after their names.

Chandler blames Obama for not focusing on the economy. The way Obama could have done that would be if his original larger stimulus package had gone through, the reason it didn’t was the Blue Dogs stood against it and made sure the final version was watered-down so it was less effective. The Blue Dog who dug in his heels the hardest was Ben Chandler who voted against the original version.

Chandler goes on to say how Obama’s taking on healthcare reform was a mistake because only the Progressives and most of the Democrats wanted that or in other words the Democratic Base. Chandler repeatedly said he did not need the Progressives to vote for him, and he is surprised that they didn’t vote.

So to Ben Chandler I say, “Shut-up Stupid, if you do everything in your power to turn off the Progressive base in the most Progressive district in your state you are just asking to lose the election. If it weren’t for the fact that I went to the voting booth to vote for the Progressive Jack Conway, you wouldn’t have gotten my vote and I’m sure over 800 people felt the same way. Enough Progressives held their noses and voted for you to give you your 800-vote victory and you are blaming them for it being such a close race. In the next Primary I vow to vote for anyone who run against you.”

By Darrell B. Nelson author of Invasive Thoughts

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