Election 2014 Ethics Racism

Blue Dog Dilemma

When a red state Democratic or a “Blue Dog” does something I don’t approve of, I don’t always make a stink out of it.

Why? Because they’re dealing with people like this.

It will take a lot more than a pot of white beans to get Broussard to vote for one particular candidate this November: Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu. The dealbreaker for him was when she voted for the Affordable Care Act.

Broussard has all kinds of problems with the law itself — that it’s wrong to force people to buy insurance, that it will make businesses hire less. But there’s something else that bothers him: The law is the signature achievement of a man Broussard never wanted to see become president.

“I don’t vote for black people, lady,” he says. “No, ma’am. I don’t vote for black people. They got their place, I got my place. That’s the way I was raised.”

Broussard says Landrieu votes too much in line with the president’s agenda -– he calls her “Obama Lady.”

No, you can’t win them all, and when circumstances permit you probably shouldn’t try to, but the truth is there is no majority without Blue Dogs. There is no majority without red state Dems.

Someone who votes with you 70 percent of the time is better than someone who votes with you 0 percent of the time.

Anyone who didn’t learn this lesson after 2010 probably never will.