Party unity is almost always the product of long-term multiple compromises rather than a push from either partisan extreme.
The recent Blue Dog manifesto would require that the healthcare bill be crafted without a tax increase. This is just looking to enforce Obama's repeated promises.
Second, twenty of the antiabortion House Democrats signed a letter promising that they would only vote for a healthcare bill that forbids tax money for abortion or that allows private insurers to do so.
I suggest that here is the prime wisdom to be found in the Democratic Party, and call for party unity to support them.
When you elect legislators from marginal districts, you get people who vote in line with their districts. The alternative is to let the other major party have those districts. These Congressmen and Senators need to listen to their voters, just as much as those who represent solid districts, instead of swing voters.
John D. Froelich
Upper Darby, PA
Jul 18 2009 - 2:44pm