The Decline of the Democrats

Are the Democrats headed in the direction of Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, the Pennsylvania Democrat who was elected to the House of Representatives in 1992 and defeated in 1994? While it was a strong year for Republicans (the first GOP majority Congress in a generation) her defeat was blamed almost exclusively on her controversial vote for then-president Bill Clinton's 1993 budge, laden with highly unpopular tax and spending increases. Margolies-Mezvinsky was positioned to oppose the bill, keeping in line with the wishes of her constituents.

Eventually, she was beaten down, and he vote was the last, dramatic deciding vote to pass the bill in the House. It's a safe bet her arm is still sore from being twisted so hard by the Clinton White House and the House congressional leadership. In fact, right after she cast her unfortunate, fateful vote, her colleagues gathered around her, knowing they would soon be saying their sad farewells.

Blindly following President Obama for more so-called "stimulus" spending after he has failed to the point where his vice president, Joe Biden can't even cover for him anymore with a straight face, congressional Democrats run the real risk of losing their seats if they fall on their swords for Obama.

Who will fight? Who will fall? And how quickly will Obama drain his well of political capital on the Hill? For many congressional Democrats, it could be a very long 2009, and very painful 2010.


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