Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C) has further ingratiated himself with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — not — by declaring that Pelosi and Harry Reid “failed” the bipartisanship test on stimulus.
“In order for us to get the confidence of America, it has to be done in a bipartisan way,” Shuler said in Raleigh following an economic forum, according to the AP.
“We have to have everyone — Democrats and Republicans standing on the stage with the administration — saying, ‘We got something done that was efficient, stimulative and timely.’”
Here’s the kicker: “I truly feel that’s where maybe House leadership and Senate leadership have really failed.”
The article went on to note that Shuler was one of the 11 House Dems who voted against the stimulus package. Needless to say, none of this will endear him to The One, who I suspect would call Shuler’s stance “unpatriotic.”
Considering Shuler’s a Blue Dog Democrat, none of this news is exactly surprising, but all the same I’ll give credit where it is due. It takes guts to be a virtual newbie to the House (2 years) and stand against your party’s “leadership” at a time when they’re trying to put on a united front.
If NC’s going to have Democrats in the House and Senate, I’d prefer that they be more like Shuler and less like the embarrassing Mel Watt (my Congressional “rep”).
For the latest news on the back and forth drama over the stimulus package – including what’s been added, what’s hidden within, etc, Michelle Malkin’s got it covered.
Related: 2/5 – Blue Dogs push back against stimulus