As with any politician, his first order of business is to get re-elected. Don't expect too much from anyone you elect, you'll be disappointed every time.
Yet another betrayal of the liberal base by a Democrat. Is anyone really surprised? The thing is that Democrats NEVER get any credit from the conservatives they are trying so hard to impress with these sell out positions. There is no upside to these stances. It only pisses off the base. However, pissing and moaning won't do any good. Register Green, vote Green.
On some positions, cowardice asks the question "Is it safe?"
Expediency asks the question "Is it politic?"
Vanity asks the question "Is it popular?"
But conscience asks the question "Is it right?"
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
When I heard about Barber's vote, I called his Washington office, but I was so upset I could not fully articulate how I felt. This piece says exactly what I was trying to say.
Wow "Progressives are so predictably whiny", way to default to ignorance with your "pampered flavor of the week minority student" comment. Way to discredit yourself. You disgust me and are a coward. -Evan Hutchison, Campaign Manager, Heinz for Congress
"Team Barber sending out trolls to do his dirty work" Sorry, Dougie. No affiliation with Barber here.
"...before you start trying to dis someone who is legit" You say "legit", I ask"Ever had a *real* job, Kraynal?"
"... I achieve it all with blood, sweat and tears" Missed the part where you had any *real world* experience ... other than being a pampered flavor-of-the-week-minority-student in an unemployable major.
@Cascabel - did you bother to *read* your comments before you posted them?
Excuse me "Progressives are so predictably whiny", it isn't padding your resume when you actually have transcripts from the ivy leagues, its call a Fact. And as for "wet-behind-the-ears", how many jobs have you had in DC, or any other political arena? Man up and show your creds before you start trying to dis someone who is legit.
Team Barber sending out trolls to do his dirty work....Hmmmm....Heinz must be heating up this race and putting the pressure on Barber.
Dear Progessives are so predictably whiny,
Thanks for the shout out. I am proudly support candidate Dr. Matt Heinz; he's a great candidate with tons of problem solving and policy development experience. The turn around time between elections is tight, and people deserve to know they have a choice - a sign of democracy.
Have a great day,
(FYI - Since you brought it up, I'll quickly address your comment about my resume. There is no "padding" in my resume because I achieve it all with blood, sweat and tears. I'll be the first to encourage everyone to put their best foot forward in the same manner.)
Sounding a little whiny yourself, there, friend. Would you prefer to hear it from the Unprogressives how happy they are with Barber's vote? Would that make your victory sound sweeter? Just accept that you got a wishy-washy moderate instead of a tea-party nut. That's how Democracy works sometimes.
Geez. The last time I saw a selection of whines like this it was at a fairly decent restaurant.
How dare this mere congressman vote against the self-serving interests of the Center for Biological Diversity and, more importantly, Randy; a money-grubbing shill whose job it is to raise awareness (aka 'lobby') and support (aka 'money') to keep that lawsuit factory running!!!
One strike and you're out. Progressive tolerance at it's finest.
And it's so nice to see a wet-behind-the-ears wannabee politico (Hi Kraynal! - she's the Heinz campaign's communications director with the well padded resume - http://www.linkedin.com/in/kraynalalfred - in case you missed it) pimping to get her guy elected four week's after Barber's elected. Real class.
This was an extremely bad vote. It is one of Marshall Law on the environment, within 100 miles of the Canadian and Mexican borders. This proposed law is not really about the border. It is planned to be one of the first steps in which to disable environmental laws in the U.S.
CD2 has a choice in the upcoming Democratic Primary on August 28. Dr. Matt Heinz, who disgreed with Barber's first vote, is a candidate for U.S. House of Representatives. Read Matt Heinz' press release at: http://www.heinzforcongress.com/node/63
For more more information about Matt Heinz or find out if you are living in the new CD2, visit www.HeinzForCongress.com.
Also, take a moment to "like" Matt Heinz' campaign page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MattHeinzforCongr….
You can also follow Matt Heinz on Twitter @MattHeinzMD.
This article is dead on . . . and this is why I now enthusiastically support Matt Heinz in the primary this August. Matt actually has a legislative record after four years serving us in the AZ state house. Let's go with someone who has shown us what's he's truly about.
Barber, you are a disappointment and I can only blame myself for voting you into office...I will take great pleasure in voting differently this upcoming primary. BTW great article Randy!
Good use of "caterwauling," and a fine appraisal of Ron Barber's big misstep, Randy. It's been a strange couple of weeks. Chief Justice Roberts saves the individual mandate by crossing the aisle for only the third time in his entire career, and Ron Barber steps out and into a huge pile of paranoid, fear-fiat bullshit.
I don't think either will last, but I hope Barber wises up fast.
I can't believe everyone is so shocked by this. He voted the same way Gabby would have. Fear mongering generates big bucks in this state and the democrats are as guilty as anyone else. This place is so full of stupid it makes my brain hurt.
Retribution, thy name is Matt Heinz.
Look, he's been there how many days? Freshman do what the leadership tells them. It's not because they are squishes (though they may turn out to be so), it's because they don't know what is going on. In addition, as you recall, Rep. Giffords would vote with Pelosi when Pelosi needed the vote. When the vote was not needed, Rep. Giffords spent it on posing as a "Blue Dog" Democratic.
Perfect commentary on the situation. Ron made the wrong decision for the country, for AZ, AND for his re-election. He needs to represent the realities along the border to DC, not pander to tea-baggers who aren't voting for him anyways.
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