Democratic Party revelling in healthcare reform and FinReg bounce
President Obama is working wonders for the Democratic Party:
Bone-tired and facing a tough political landscape at home, House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey announced Wednesday that he won’t seek re-election, ending a 41-year House career stamped by his unique talent and tempestuousness.
Rarely does a committee chairman of such power just walk away, and Obey’s decision is both a blow to Democrats and marks the passing of one of the last major leaders of the 1970’s reforms that reshaped the modern House.
“I am ready to turn the page, and frankly, I think that my district is ready for someone new to make a fresh start,” Obey said in an afternoon press conference in his committee’s meeting room.
Since the passage of healthcare reform, there appeared to be a lull in Democratic party drop-outs and retirements from this November’s midterms. As I wrote when Senator Bayh announced his decision not to run for re-election, career politicians don’t just give up their offices because of family time or from being tired, no matter what Obey says.
This is just more proof that the political climate is dark and ominous for Democrats this November.