On October 9, 2009 Senator Sherrod Brown, Democratic Senator from Ohio, posted this on the Huffington Post:
It was a good one. Sherrod Brown very accurately pointed out how essential a public option was for true health care reform, with such nuggets as this:
“What will happen if we hand over taxpayer-funded subsidies to the insurance industry and rely on them to cover all Americans? Insurers will demand higher and higher subsidies each year. Why wouldn’t they? It’s called profit maximization. After all, these are the same companies that pay their CEOs tens of millions of dollars each year while millions of Americans go without any health insurance.
A strong public option means competition for private insurance companies. It means coverage continuity in every part of the country. It means health insurance reform that ensures affordable access to coverage for every American.”
“The public option is the moral compass of health reform. In the last 100 years, Democrats have yet to be on the wrong side of progressive reform.
Let’s not start now.”
Words like that on positions like that were why I did not hesitate to vote for Sherrod Brown six years ago. But what did he actually DO? When push came to shove, when President Obama’s signature legislative effort, the grossly misnamed Affordable Care Act with NO public option, needed every vote to pass, did Sherrod Brown stick to his guns?
Hell, no. He almost tearfully apologized for his vote, but the bottom line is that he cast that vote in clear violation of his own stated principles.
Throw in never seeing funding for things like predator drones he didn’t like, and I cannot in good conscience vote for Sherrod Brown again. There are many more good reasons, which I’m sure will shortly appear on this thread, but the first one is good enough on its own.
Democrats tell me that this Senate election in Ohio is a clear choice between the lesser of two evils. The Republican, Josh Mandel, is a truly reprehensible character. He’s the type of ex-Marine who gives Marines a bad name. Josh Mandel disgusts me. He is clearly my class enemy. No way in hell I’ll vote for him, either.
So. Sorry Senator Hangover(as I used to affectionately call you on your MSNBC talking head show appearances because your hair was always mussed up just as if you had just woke up from a good drunk–and I identify with that), my vote is one you had six years ago that you will not have this November. I know there’s a Green candidate running, so if there’s not some sort of Socialist my vote goes to the Green person. Doesn’t matter who. They can’t possibly be worse than you.
You have chosen the Lighter Side of the Dark Side. But it’s still the Dark Side. That is unacceptable to me.
You’ve lost my vote. And have a nice day.