And yet another Democrat, who threw himself on the proverbial grenade by voting for the health care bill, drops out. David Obey (D-WI) is the latest health care suicide bomber to call it quits. I just hope he’s not expecting 72 virgins. This is particularly painful for the Democrats, since Obey’s name lent itself so well to their modus operandi: Obey! (or be called racist tea baggers).
In a major blow to Democrats, House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey has told close associates that he will not seek reelection and an announcement of his plans is expected as early as Wednesday.
The Wisconsin Democrat faces tough poll numbers at home, but until Tuesday night his staff had insisted he was running aggressively and had hired campaign staff. But a person close to him confirmed the decision to POLITICO Wednesday and said Obey was preparing to make a statement.
A press conference has been called at 1 p.m. and Obey staff indicated that he would announce his plans then.
Running scared. I’ve been trying to not be overly optimistic, but this bodes very well for Republicans in November. Obey has been re-elected twenty times. Twenty.If a Democrat is giving up in that district, it says something. Moreover, Obey, as House Appropriations Chairman, is the highest ranking House Democrat to announce his retirement; they are losing their alleged leaders now as well.
As an added benefit, the Republican running for that seat is not just a lesser of two evils; he’s actually someone whom I would choose gladly. Sean Duffy is a rising star. You can find out more about him here. I mean, come on. He’s a lumberjack! I’ve long felt they don’t get the glory that they deserve. An expert log roller will have no problem rolling over the Democrats and getting things accomplished for the good of America.