Rep. Chris Van Hollen was quoted in the Washington Post as having said:
"There was a little sense of complacency that set in despite our best efforts to warn people," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "We made it very clear: Beware."Complacency? Are you high? Democrats, even big donor Democrats are NOT complacent. We’re enraged! We gave Democrats super-majorities and you’re still fucking it all up!
Democrats’ poll numbers are crashing, and the chances of holding the House in 2010 are dwindling, not because people are upset with all you’re trying to do and how much it will cost to do it – but because people, particularly those who don’t show their allegiance to any particular party (see Independents) – can’t stand the smell of weakness and certainly won't stand for promises being broken.
And, Democrats in Congress have shown only weakness by allowing a vocal & hateful minority in congress to dictate the terms of every debate this year. When they screamed boo, when they screamed jump, House Blue Dogs & Senate Conservdems asked how high, while leadership, particularly Harry Reid, stood idly by.
Independents smelled that weakness almost immediately, and it showed up as the first major dip in polling, but now the base of the party – your foot soldier for 2010 & 2012 – can’t pretend anymore (out of the blind loyalty Independents don’t have hardwired), that their party’s leaders are anything but blithering cowards.
We’re not donating to the DNC, DSCC or the DCCC not because we’re complacent. We’re not donating because you’re full of shit. We’re not donating because you’re a bunch of blithering cowards. We’re not donating because we're sick of your caving toe the GOP's fear-mongering and the Blue Dog's & Conservadem's party treason.
We’re not donating because we're sick of our hard earned dollars going to the likes of Joe Lieberman, Max Baucus, Kent Conrad, Blanche Lambert Lincoln, Mary Landrieu, Heath Shuler, Dan Boren, Stephanie Herseth, Baron Hill, Jim Cooper, & Mike Ross .
We’re not donating another dime your committees until the promises we got you super-majorities to get accomplished, are accomplished.
That means REAL HEALTH CARE REFORM with a READY ON DAY ONE, FULLY FUNCTIONING PUBLIC OPTION.This isn’t 1994. We’re not going to stand idly by and allow you & Rahm Emanuel to steamroll us. We’d rather watch you lose the majorities you’re not bothering to utilize, rather than let you beg, borrow and steal on behalf of your REPUBLICAN & CONSERVADEM ABUSERS & CORP. BACKERS.
That means REAL FINANCE REFORM that not only fixes, but also holds your thieving Wall Street contributors accountable for, their GREAT RECESSION.
That means STANDING UP TO THE MINORITY (and HOSTAGE TAKERS OF OUR PARTY) rather than THROWING YOUR BASE – YOUR FOOT SOLDIERS under the bus repeatedly
STOP acting like BATTERED WIVES and START ACTING LIKE REAL DEMOCRATS!