SEIU warns House Dem: Vote yes or we’ll primary you

by Allahpundit

Beating people is what they do best.

The Democrats can’t afford to let this thing get to the recess without a vote — the risk of another round of angry townhalls is too great — so every last stop will be pulled out over the next week. This is just the beginning.

Dem Rep Mike McMahon of New York met yesterday with a top SEIU official and told him he’s likely to vote No, the official tells me. The official: Mike Fishman, president of SEIU 32bj, the largest property workers union in the country, with 120,000 members in eight states…

“He let us know he’s not supportive of the health care plan,” Fishman says. “We’ve let him know that we can’t support somebody who doesn’t support it.”

“We are going to begin talking to other unions about finding someone else for that seat,” Fishman continued.

…as Mark Steyn’s argued all along, why should they [Democrats] care [if they lose in 2010]? At this point they’re going to be spanked no matter what they do, in which case why not achieve a long-term victory by acting now to foster a dependency culture that Republicans will never be able to roll back? They’re one House floor vote away from setting America on an inevitable path to European-style statism, and still you have Democrats like McMahon ready to walk away to save their own asses. That’s an amazing testament to the value incumbents place on their own political preservation.

I’ve been skeptical until now but I’m starting to think Pelosi will get there. The fact that House Democrats don’t want to talk about their votes augurs badly, not well; given the degree of public opposition, the ones who are ready to cave have a greater incentive to lie low…

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