From Greg Giroux at CQ Politics:
Most of the 52 House members who didn’t side with their party on Friday’s climate change vote represent congressional districts that backed the presidential nominee of the opposite party in last year’s election.
A lot of these members will face competitive races in 2010, and no doubt they will be brandishing this against-the-grain vote as evidence of their political independence.
Here’s a catalog of the 44 Democratic “no” and eight Republican “yes” voters, broken down by how their districts voted for president. The bill passed 219-212.
I won’t post all of the members from the Democratic side, but it’s important to remember the eight Republicans. As I said before, one of those eight (Reichert) represents my district.
- Democrats who voted “no” and represent McCain-voting districts (29)
- Democrats who voted “no” and represent Obama-voting districts (15)
- Republicans who voted “yes” and represent Obama-voting districts (7): Mary Bono Mack of California; Michael N. Castle of Delaware; Mark Steven Kirk of Illinois; Frank A. LoBiondo and Leonard Lance of New Jersey; John M. McHugh of New York; Dave Reichert of Washington.
- Republicans who voted “yes” and represent McCain-voting districts (1): Christopher H. Smith of New Jersey.
All I really have to say is, what was Christopher Smith thinking?? Unlike his fellow Repubs who voted for the bill, he actually represents a McCain-voting district. That means he literally has NO excuse for voting for the bill. How foolish.
As for the Dems, The Hill has this:
One Democrat was upset that his leaders would needlessly force vulnerable Dems to vote for a bill that will come back to haunt them. Mississippi Rep. Gene Taylor (D) voted against the measure that he says will die in the Senate.
“A lot of people walked the plank on a bill that will never become law,” Taylor told The Hill after the gavel came down.
Yes, many of whom will be jobless next November.