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Childers Did Receive Some Protests Friday

November 16, 2009
tags: healthcare, Travis Childers
by Brett

Last week, a group of local Democrats in the First District indicated that they were not happy with Travis Childers’ vote against healthcare legislation written by Nancy Pelosi, and were going to let their voices be heard outside a Friday night fundraiser in Oxford.

Well, a group of about 20 held true to their word and the protests even forced Childers to enter via the back door of the Big Bad Breakfast restaurant. The quotes from those protesting basically sounded like they would not vote for Childers again should he oppose the final version of PelosiCare. In the end, it’s a lot easier to talk and say you’re going to do something then actually do it.

And even if this group does sit out there is not really a significant white liberal population anywhere in the First District. There’s a small group in Oxford thanks some liberals affiliated with Ole Miss, but not enough to have any serious effect on the 2010 race.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. Joyce Freeland permalink
    November 16, 2009 10:22 am

    I think you are underestimating the importance of the folks in Oxford who are unimpressed with the “just say no” approach, for whatever reason. The group outside Big Bad Breakfast was more diverse than your post would indicate (the photos demonstrate this), and it included several people who not only voted for Travis Childers but worked hard in the past to get out the vote for him. This is an agonizing situation for all involved. I believe that Congressman Childers can vote on the strength of his personal values and convictions (even though they differ slightly, but only slightly, from mine) and still vote in favor of health care reform in the coming weeks. For example, the Stupak amendment was overreaching, but could be fixed to deal with Congressman Childer’s pro-life concerns without going too far. He should demand this.

    I don’t consider myself a “liberal” and your assumption that the adverse reaction in Oxford is limited to people connected to the university is simply wrong.

    Plus, please, stop it with the Pelosi-baiting comments. I am tired of hearing Mississippi and national Republicans play this card of “Are you going to do what a woman is telling you to do?”

    Every man and woman serving in Congress needs to search their soul and vote their own convictions on this one. Pelosi is not the issue.

    Joyce Freeland

    • November 16, 2009 8:31 pm

      Joyce, I appreciate you commenting and responding. My underlining point is that through the years I have seen many people complain about an incumbent- when someone says an R isn’t conservative enough or a D isn’t liberal enough- but very rarely do they hold that person accountable or does it affect the outcome of an election. Ive voted for politicians I wasn’t exactly happy about, but its the nature of a 2 party system. I could be wrong, and while I appreciate anyone who has enthusiasm for politics, but I just don’t see this gaining traction in MS01. We all know the makeup of the district. If you’ve read my previous posts you know what I think about Childers, and who I am rooting for, but I didn’t base my observation on how I want to win and lose.

  2. Amber permalink
    November 16, 2009 11:14 am

    What personal values? T.C. only believes what he thinks can get him elected. Why is it the governments responsibility to provide for me? Bill and Paula taught me two decades ago that I was responsible for me and my own good or poor choices. Why should my tax dollars be spent to pay for your abortion? In all the votes cast by Chicken Childers I’ll give him his props on that one. As far as this stupid poorly written big government infringeing bill goes thay should send the paper it is written on to Gitmo to be used as T.P.

  3. Joyce Freeland permalink
    November 16, 2009 9:48 pm

    Hey, Brett. Thanks for the considerate response. Change can happen. Let’s see if it does! Joyce Freeland

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