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    Jim Matheson plays a moderate on TV

    Jim Matheson plays a moderate on TV

    I guess Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson running against Mia Love in the new Utah-04 district is a moderate compared to Nancy Pelosi.  His claim to moderation is that on a small number of key votes he has voted against his party, but not when his vote mattered.

    Matheson was one of almost three dozen Democrats Pelosi freed up to vote against Obamacare, because their votes were not needed for passage.  Matheson’s vote against Obamacare was anything but heroic, it was a calculated political move made with the consent of those pushing Obamacare in order to protect Democrats in Republican or mixed districts.  (added) Matheson’s opposition to Obamacare was fleeting, as he voted against the House repeal act.

    Now Matheson’s playing the hero again by announcing he will vote to hold Eric Holder in contempt.  That vote which will hinge on how many Republicans vote for it; any Democrats who go along will add nice window dressing, but will not make an actual difference so long as Republicans hold together.

    Don’t be fooled.  Anyone who votes for Jim Matheson votes to put Nancy Pelosi back in power.  And he still supports Obama.

    Matheson has a 71% rating from Planned Parenthood (compared to 0% for Hatch and Chafetz), only a 47% rating from the National Taxpayers Union (compared to 90% for Hatch and Lee, and 93% for Chafetz), only a 42% rating from the American Conservative Union (compared to 100% for Hatch, Lee, and Chafetz), and uniformly low ratings on budget issues from many groups,

    Matheson is voting to hold Holder in contempt for one and only one reason:  Mia B. Love.  While Matheson has a sizable lead in one recent poll, that gap will close and the race will be competitive:

    A new Deseret News/KSL-TV poll of registered voters in the new 4th Congressional District shows Love trailing her Democratic opponent, who has served six terms. She has the support of 38 percent of respondents compared to 53 percent for Matheson.

    Eight percent of those polled by Dan Jones & Associates said they were undecided in the November match-up. The poll was conducted June 15-21 of 379 voters in the 4th District and has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.1 percent.

    Pollster Dan Jones said the gap between Love and Matheson will close before the race is ultimately decided.

    “There are still a lot of people who don’t know who Mia Love is in the 4th District. But they will, ” Jones said, predicting the race will attract even more national attention between now and November.

    She needs your support.  As reported by WaPo two days ago, Matheson has outraised her 10-1 so far.  (By all means scroll through the 2500+ comments to the WaPo article, to see how they are going after her in the same way they have gone after other black conservatives.)

    Via Power Line:

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    NC Mountain Girl | June 27, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    He’s been joined by John Barrow of the area around Augusta Georgia, Collin Peterson from rural northwestern Minnesota and Nick Rahall from the southern part of West Virginia.

    I can’t imagine Obama is popular in Rahall or Peterson’s district though I expect both of them are safe bets for reelection at this point. Like Matheson, Barrow faces an electorate that is substantially more Republican that the one he faced in 2010.

    Insufficiently Sensitive | June 27, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    This post is so inspiring I chipped in to Mia Love’s Congressional campaign. Matheson’s a poseur, and has done enough damage to this Republic in his last two terms.

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