I had a conversation with a reader a few weeks ago who lives in NY-24 about whether or not he should vote for Michael Arcuri, the Democratic incumbent, who lost last night. Arcuri voted against the Health Care Bill, making him one of a tiny number Democrats in New York State who did. The reader’s feeling — which I seconded — was that he should hold his nose and vote for Arcuri because that’s one more Democrat in the House. That said, I’m glad Arcuri lost. Whatever one thinks of the bill, the unions who fought like hell to get him elected really wanted the bill passed. In a 94% white district in the northeast with a lowish media income, when a Democrat wins a race, support from organized labor is a key.
I don’t get into the whole “slap in the face” stuff but Arcuri’s vote against health care was about as bad a slap in the face to his supporters as you’ll ever see. He deserved to lose because of it, though I don’t know if it hurt him or helped him.
Of the 39 Democrats who voted against health care reform, only 12 are left. Of course, it was only endangered Democrats who voted against it, in general. But the “no” vote doesn’t seem to have helped much.