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David Obey to retire at end of term


House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.), pictured in 2007. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Updated 1:58p.m.
By Paul Kane and Chris Cillizza
House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-Wisc.), a liberal lion first elected at the height of the Vietnam War in 1969, announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election in November -- a blow to Democratic chances of holding his northern Wisconsin seat.

At an emotional press conference in the committee's chambers -- with his wife and children behind, sitting underneath the chairman's portrait -- Obey said he was "bone tired" after a life of public service dating to joining the Wisconsin legislature in 1962.

"There is a time to stay and a time to go. And this is my time to go," Obey said.

Obey, whose committee gavel gives him oversight of more than $1 trillion in annual federal spending, was facing his toughest re-election battle in years, as Republican Ashland County District Attorney Sean Duffy was running a promising campaign against him.

Duffy, a one-time cast member of the MTV reality show "Real World", had garnered national attention from party leaders -- including former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R), who endorsed his candidacy last month.

"There is no question that David Obey was facing the race of his life and that is why it is understandable that the architect of President Obama's failed stimulus plan has decided to call it quits," said National Republican Congressional Committee communications director Ken Spain.

Still, Duffy was considered something of a long-shot against Obey, given his long tenure and deep campaign treasury (he ended March with $1.4 million in the bank). According to a source familiar with Obey's thinking, his decision was due in no small part to the passage of a health-care overhaul -- a long-standing priority for the Wisconsin Democrat.

Obey has had a political lock on the seat, only drawing drew less than 60 percent of the vote in his 1994 and 1996 re-election battles. However, the district is much more evenly divided politically. While President Obama took 56 percent of the vote in 2008, Wisconsin's 7th district split almost evenly in the 2004 and 2000 elections.

Of his potential Democratic successors, Obey said there were "six Democrats in the stable," each of whom he spoke with Wednesday morning to alert them of his plans. "I think any one of them is capable of winning," he said.

While Obey's retirement almost certainly ensures a more competitive race, Democratic strategists noted that every statewide Democrat in the last decade carried the 7th district. The Democratic names often mentioned as possible replacements include: state Sen. Pat Kreitlow, state Sen. Julie Lassa, state Rep. Donna Seidel, attorney Christine Bremer, Marathon County Judge Greg Huber and Obey district director Doug Hill.

Nationwide, House Republicans have focused their recruiting efforts on finding young, energetic challengers to veteran chairmen such as Obey. Republicans are also targeting House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (Mo.) and Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt (S.C.) this fall.

Obey is the 17th Democrat who will leave at the end of this Congress. Twenty Republicans are vacating their seats to retire or run for higher office.

By Paul Kane and Chris Cillizza  |  May 5, 2010; 12:12 PM ET
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Obey has been re-elected easily in every election in his district since 1969. That means he has represented his constituents and their concerns to their satisfaction. Isn't that how representative democracy is supposed to work?

Unlike most of the people bashing Obey, I'm from Wisconsin and think Obey has done a great job. Whether you lean left or right, in our system you only hope that your representatives actually represent your concerns and support policies that you agree with. Obey did that very well as evidenced by his long tenure.

Posted by: grassy123 | May 6, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

One last chance for a liberal to rip off the people and run for cover before being handed a loss and being held accountable! The ship is going down and the rats are jumping!

Posted by: TexRancher | May 6, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Doyle and his democratic buddies (Obey) have done nothing for the state of Wisconsin except raise taxes and fees and chased business out...The freeways are falling apart and Milwaukee schools produce nothing but criminals. Posted by: TheMonarch

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Absolute nonsensical garbage. As a resident of Milwaukee, I can testify that this kind of far right lunacy may be common in South Carolina and Oklahoma, but it is a pretty small minority view in Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

Posted by: twm1 | May 6, 2010 4:10 AM | Report abuse

The good ship Obama is sinking at sea and the rats are jumping off left and right (mostly left). I remember when Obama and San Fran Nan promised these folks everything would be alright if they just listened to them. I can't wait to see Boehner take the gavel from Nancy next January and smash her in her botox filled face.

Posted by: gorams1 | May 5, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

He's bone tired, sure. I believe that. Just like Stupak...he was exhausted. It's hard work defying the will of the people and screwing them with a health care disaster and unsustainable deficits and national debt. Think about the stress of having to face them this November, trying to sell something nobody wants. Hoyer already put the word out...no tax increases for 95% of the American public makes for good campaign rhetoric, but the reality of it is that they've spent like drunken sailors and need somebody to pay for it...that's where we come in. Can you imagine these goofs trying to sell that...hehe. It's just not worth it. Just screw them and leave.

Posted by: conservativemaverick | May 5, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance you slimeball!

Posted by: liberalsareblind | May 5, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

"Liberal lion." Does the Post have a similar laudatory term to describe conservative lawmakers?


How does 'Conservative Cowards' sound?

Posted by: printthis | May 5, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

FYI...

When Obey retires he and ALL OTHER CONGRESSMEN and SENATORS, I repeat ALL retirees will be able to take with them the money that is in their "Reelection Campagain Accounts." In Obey case it's $1.4 MILLION. IT'S TAX FREE. IT'S TAX FREE. IT'S TAX FREE.

Republicans call this REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH. Or is it a ENTITLEMENT.

One of the postings said Obey is the POSTER BOY for TERM LIMITS. Didn't the Republicans have a "COTRACT WITH AMERICA" back in 1994? WHAT HAPPENED? They controlled congress from 1994 to 2000 with Clinton. The Republicans controlled the congress from 2000 to 2006 with BUSH. WHAT HAPPENED? STILL NO "TERM LIMITS!!"

Posted by: doughboy96 | May 5, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Liberals of this man's ilk wrecked the nation and now they have no answers for how to fix things. So they abandon ship. It's about time.

Posted by: johntu | May 5, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

This is simple. This guy us he face if everything that is wrong in Congress these days.. 21 terms you have to be kidding me. .. He became dependent on the US citizens to live a long time ago....

Bye Bye...

Posted by: robinhood2 | May 5, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

To step down from chairing the powerful House Appropriations Committee reinforces a sinking feeling fueled by so many Hill retirements: Our economic well-being is facing an incredible challenge. One that will require wrenching choices, and much dissatisfaction.
One can't blame him for not wanting to stick around to witness the tearing down of so much of what he built. But at least he had the courage of his convictions, which is a quality sorely lacking elsewhere on the Hill.

Posted by: mtpeaks | May 5, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

This is the only chance for the democrats to maintain control of congress. All the old Pols that would be voted out for bringing us Obamacare, the stimulus and are now going to try to ram "immigration reform" retire, and the party nominates a bunch of fresh faces that promise to be more "center of the road". This is how Nancy Pelosi became Speaker, by the "Blue Dogs" getting elected by promising to be more conservative than the republicans they replaced. Then, when the heat was on from thier party leaders, they turned into lap dogs, and voted with the hard left. Will it work again? Only time will tell. It's hard to underestimate the intelligence or memory of the voting public.

Posted by: Larryfrom10EC | May 5, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

"Liberal lion." Does the Post have a similar laudatory term to describe conservative lawmakers?

Posted by: cjknew | May 5, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

"Liberal lion." Does the Post have a similar laudatory term to describe conservative lawmakers?

Posted by: cjknew | May 5, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

That district is across the Mississippi river from Minneapolis/St. Paul. Cray Computer is located in Chippewa Falls. In recent years, the area complained of not enough snow interfering with its winter recreation business even though Southern Wisconsin had a lot of snow in recent years.

Posted by: kay_sieverding | May 5, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

My family has known and worked with David Obey for more than thirty-five years. Whatever your politics are, you should know this is an enormous loss for the people of this country and Congressman Obey's district. He is an utterly honest, incredibly savvy and determined legislature who has fought tooth-and-nail to make life more fair for hard-working people across America. He has been a champion of creating and keeping good-paying jobs, lowering health care costs, providing affordable education, keeping us from wasting American lives in wars we should not fight, and creating and maintaining green space. He has no patience for b.s. and speaks his mind, politics be damned. He also is a realist, and knows when to fight and when to compromise. Because it's never about him or what sounds good, but about how legislation will actually affect people's lives. He wrote a great memoir a few years ago, called "Raising Hell for Justice: The Washington Battles of a Heartland Progressive," which anyone interested in how congress actually works should read. People on here writing nasty things about Obey don't know him and know little about his character or remarkable record of achievement. Whether or not we always agree with someone, if he or she goes to Washington and fights to improve our lives, we should at the very least respect them for their service -- in his case more than 40 years.

Posted by: ebkatz | May 5, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Hey Obey:

2 words: #uck you

2 more words: Blow me

Posted by: c_e_daniel | May 5, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Obey's district is fairly famous for the country-side beerjoints.

They're out there just off the main roads, tractors parked in front.

I do hope this guy joins with his constituents in a quick round ~ and then hops on his tractor and runs off down through a field full of glacial till.

Posted by: muawiyah | May 5, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I don't blame going from Vietnam to this must be too much to stomach, a career gone full circle and seeing nothing at all has been learned.

Posted by: Wildthing1 | May 5, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

twm1, When Bush was president, the hate from the liberals was way more intense against the president. So by your own logic, Bush was a better president.

Posted by: TheMonarch | May 5, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

BTW, what is the media's equivalent of "liberal lion" for a conservative? Something less noble, no doubt.

Posted by: thebump

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Google: "Conservative Lion"

Moron.

Posted by: James10 | May 5, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

The hatred by right wing loons as seen in some of theses posts is the clearest possible evidence that Obey has been one of the most effective, honest, and intelligent political leaders of the recent past.

Posted by: twm1 | May 5, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Liberal Hyena was the animal I was thinking of........

Posted by: Spitfires | May 5, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

now that obey and feingold and kohl and kagen have gotten us out of this unjust
war we can't afford.... Oh wait...
36,700 MORE troops to Afghanistan???

yes, dave, retire,
you were all talk.

good riddance to feingold too!!!!

he can get a job on MSNBC

Posted by: simonsays1 | May 5, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse


Good riddance to a jerk.

Thank you, Tea Party.


Posted by: DagnyT | May 5, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Doyle and his democratic buddies (Obey) have done nothing for the state of Wisconsin except raise taxes and fees and chased business out. Miller beer doesnt even have its headquarters here anymore and Harley Davidson is considering moving production out of Wisconsin! The freeways are falling apart and Milwaukee schools produce nothing but criminals. Yeah, we need more guys like him!!! Thanks for all your help Obey!

Posted by: TheMonarch | May 5, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

David Obey has worked long and hard in Washington and done a commendable job -- not flawless but much better than most. He has often been a strong voice on issues that others would have preferred to ignore. Despite the pack of fools posting here who haven't risen above school yard name calling, the House will be poorer without him.

Posted by: jdnathan | May 5, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

One voter out of every 435 voters has choice for a member of the House of Representatives who may chair a committee which controls all the nation. This one elected representative only has to please the people of her/his district to keep this power. Under rules of House this chair of a committee has power to cause every member of his/her party to march to their music. Does not seem reasonable does it? When colonists did rebel against the English King they said no taxation without representation and we now have representation but our representative is at the mercy of someone else who was elected by a majority of people in 1/435th of the nation. Seems as if something needs changed from present senior Representative/Senator wins does it not?

Posted by: nyokie | May 5, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

One voter out of every 435 voters has choice for a member of the House of Representatives who may chair a committee which controls all the nation. This one elected representative only has to please the people of her/his district to keep this power. Under rules of House this chair of a committee has power to cause every member of his/her party to march to their music. Does not seem reasonable does it? When colonists did rebel against the English King they said no taxation without representation and we now have representation but our representative is at the mercy of someone else who was elected by a majority of people in 1/435th of the nation. Seems as if something needs changed from present senior Representative/Senator wins does it not?

Posted by: nyokie | May 5, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Thank you David for 40 years of service. I grew up in the 7th District and my elderly parents still live there. He will definitely be missed, but I don't blame him
for hanging it up. I hope to be retired long before I'm 72 years old!

Posted by: missingwisc | May 5, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Excellent! Thank you for your service, but the regrettable fact remains that your ideology has been extremely damaging to our country over the decades.

BTW, what is the media's equivalent of "liberal lion" for a conservative? Something less noble, no doubt.

Posted by: thebump | May 5, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

LET FREEDOM RING!!!
I guess if you caps all your text then your comment must be very smart and important. Yell and scream your patriotism, tea bagger.

Job well done Obey. Great career. You made WI proud.

Posted by: briank3 | May 5, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

He saw blood in the water and realized it was his own.

Posted by: Chippewa | May 5, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Whoa!!!

I think the coming November 2nd tsunami may have just added two feet of height.

Hold on to your hats folks. It looks like a ride for the ages.

And so it goes...

Posted by: pgould1 | May 5, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Everone that leaves gives us more opportunity to get more OUT in November !!

Posted by: mct1 | May 5, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

It gets better everyday but nothing will reduce the fervor to vote out all of them in November. All these guys retiring sure don't want face the voters & by retiring they can say it was for other reasons. There is only one reason-they betrayed the public !

Posted by: mct1 | May 5, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

41 out of 50 states are challenging the constitutionality of the lame law!

They also know the bloodbath is coming . . .

Posted by: reddog62 | May 5, 2010 3:57 PM

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How about 14? I know, picky, picky, both mumbers have a one in them and both have a fourt. 14 vs. 41 what's the big deal?

And Philip Berg still keeps collection donations to get Obama's Presidency rescinded. The entire SCOTUS rejecting him wasn't enough, he still keeps collecting those funds.

With someone as ignorant as you are it would be a public service if you declined to vote. If you did vote, you would do as well if you closed your eyes and pointed.

Posted by: James10 | May 5, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Run away, run away..... leaving us with pathetic Obama care that little nerd is leaving? Good riddance to you Congressman Obey. You should have left sooner and we would not have to clean up your mess of our health care system which was nothing but a government takeover. Good luck and do not let the door ram you in the seat on your way out.

Posted by: greatgran1 | May 5, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

It's been amazing to watch these left wing hacks vote in the HEALTH CARE TROJAN HORSE and walk away like the demolitionist walking away from a timebomb.

41 out of 50 states are challenging the constitutionality of the lame law!

They also know the bloodbath is coming . . .

Posted by: reddog62 | May 5, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Not being a Liberal myself, I truly feel badly for Mr. Obey and other Liberal Democrats that can no long abide the threatening stance this Obama administration has taken in order to pass legislation. Obama has destroyed the Democratic Party by forcing Progressive politics on them. Too bad, because the whole Democrat Party is suffering because of it.

Posted by: prossers7 | May 5, 2010 3:20 PM

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I would disagree with your assessment, but no matter.

Here's the future of America that conservatives hope for ....

58 percent of GOP not sure/doubt Obama born in US

Shocker poll from Kos/Research2000 today.

A whopping 58 percent of Republicans either think Barack Obama wasn't born in the US (28 percent) or aren't sure (30 percent). A mere 42 percent think he was.

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I suppose they picked that up from the Progressive politics?

...

"Poll Reveals Most Americans Don't Know They Got a Tax Cut
Posted by Robert Hendin

...Of people who support the grassroots, "Tea Party" movement, only 2 percent think taxes have been decreased, 46 percent say taxes are the same, and a whopping 44 percent say they believe taxes have gone up.

Those answers must frustrate the president who has highlighted its tax cuts for the middle class in almost every speech.

In his State of the Union address, President Obama said that as part of their economic recovery, his administration has passed 25 different tax cuts.

"Now, let me repeat: We cut taxes," he said. "We cut taxes for 95 percent of working families. We cut taxes for small businesses. We cut taxes for first-time homebuyers. We cut taxes for parents trying to care for their children. We cut taxes for 8 million Americans paying for college."

In his Super Bowl Sunday interview with Katie Couric, he touted the tax cuts in the stimulus package: "we put $300 billion worth of tax cuts into people's pockets so that there was demand and businesses had customers."

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-6201911-503544.html

Only 2% of those that identify with the tea party think taxes went down when the reality is that for 95% of the public they did go down.

I sure trust the Tea Party to know what's going on. ....

The Founder of the American Tea Party, Paul Barrett thinks that if we just abolish the Fed we won't have to pay any more income taxes ever again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxNva1l4FNI

I can hardly wait to have the Tea Party elect this guy into office.

Posted by: James10 | May 5, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

OH WELL, ANOTHER ONE HITS THE DUST. Looks like this "LIBERAL LION", as you like to call him, is leaving like a little pussycat. THE PROGRESSIVES ALWAYS DO, ONCE THEIR SCHEMES ARE EXPOSED TO THE "PUBLIC EYE".


THANK YOU BARRY O!
THANK YOU NANCY!
THANK YOU HARRY!

HOPE THE KOOL-AID WAS WORTH IT!

"WE THE PEOPLE" WILL REMEMBER ALL THE DAMAGE YOU DID TO THIS COUNTRY. WE'LL REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!

Posted by: barrysal | May 5, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I once lived in David Obey's district, and voted for him. Over the years, there were times I applauded his efforts,and others when I wished he would go away. Through it all, he did his job well. When I read the article, I thought how could anyone be more classless than Ken Spain. Even if you do not like the guy, there are times when you should keep your mouth shut. After more than 40 years of serving in Congress without a hint of scandal, seemed like one of those times. If you do not like the man, be quiet and be glad he is gone.

Then, reading the comments, I found out it was easy to be more classless than Spain. Most of you would complain at a funeral dinner because you did not like the widow's choice of salad dressing.

Posted by: kermit5 | May 5, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

good. this guy was a prime example of a corrupt,self serving member of the hill mafia.now work on ousting the rest of them pubs/rats

Posted by: pofinpa | May 5, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse


cdorbg writes:
ONE MORE POSTER BOY FOR TERM LIMITS BITES THE DUST!!!

I ENDORSE this comment!

After 48 years in the State & federal legislature, David Obey SHOULD BE THE POSTER CHILD for TERM LIMITS.

He NEVER held a meaningful job in the private sector, yet presumed to be knowledgeable about drafting a STIMULUS and establishing "controls" for the economy.

If you want to know what's wrong with Washington ... David Obey exemplifies the issue.

STIMULUS >> another word for sabotage the capitalist economy.

"Liberal lion"? NOT! "Leftist"? AYE!

Posted by: esquire2 | May 5, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Best news all month! Great to learn this obscene, foul mouthed and extremely vile creature toddle off into the sunset. Truly a miserable example of the human race.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | May 5, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

It really is sad to read all these venomous attacks on a hard-working, dedicated and courageous public servant. And very revealing that the posters don't have the integrity or decency to sign their names. As a Wisconsinite, I am proud to have Dave Obey as the leader of my state's Congressional delegation. He will be sorely missed. America is a better country thanks to his service.

Posted by: stuartlevitan | May 5, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but David Obey is the prime example of why our Congress is broken. Liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican, no one should be allowed to occupy a House seat for 40 years and amass so much power that he effectively outweighs the representative of every other House district and cannot be defeated in reelection bids. It is incumbency incarnate and anti-democratic.

The President has been term-limited for over 60 years now, ever since FDR broke a tradition established by George Washington himself and sought a third term. That has worked out just fine, ensuring that no administration can get too entrenched and making every presidential election competitive. It is time we enacted the same reform in Congress.

Posted by: hisroc | May 5, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Public Discourse and American Democracy are the Big Losers in all of this mess

Posted by: EastCoastnLA

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That's really what this is about. Many of the old line, Dem or Republicans can't stomach the lying and bashing any longer. We're losing the ones that care more about good governance and are being replaced by those that care about nothing other than the power.


Two articles:

Bush’s Pro-Life Legacy
Share
by GAIL BESSE, Register Correspondent Monday, Jan 05, 2009 7:05 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As President Bush prepares to leave office after eight years, many pro-life advocates give him credit for significant life-affirming gains during his presidency. But, they say, only a portion of that legacy will survive. ....

http://www.ncregister.com/site/article/16939/


Has the recession affected abortion?

The proportion of poor women getting abortions has jumped sharply, according to a new report.

The percentage of women getting abortions who have incomes below the federal poverty line increased from 27 percent in 2000 to 42 percent in 2008--an increase of almost 60 percent, according to the new analysis by the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit research group that is considered the best source of information about abortion in the United States. ....

Beyond poverty, not much has changed in the description of women getting abortions, according to the new report. Fifty-eight percent of women getting abortions in 2008 were in their 20s; 45 percent had never been married and were not living with a partner; 61 percent were already mothers; 36 percent were white; 25 percent were Hispanic and 30 percent were black. Fifty-nine percent had at least some college education and 73 percent were religiously affiliated. ....

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/checkup/2010/05/has_the_recession_affected_abo.html

Another conservative "success" story.

Posted by: James10 | May 5, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Old what's-his-name will probably not be missed that much by anyone of consequence.

Wonder who gets his office?

Posted by: muawiyah | May 5, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Goodbye and good riddance. He will be remembered as one who helped ruined the United States when the citizens wake up. If they ever wake up.

Posted by: Phil5 | May 5, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Stay classy, Ken Spain.

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 5, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

David, You will be missed! Good Luck to you.

Posted by: crrobin | May 5, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Maybe there is hope after all. Things are looking up. One less liberal in office makes this world a better place. Sorry EJ Dionne. Your loss is America's gain.

Posted by: bandsposs | May 5, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

another Marxist bites the dust. Farewell, Comrade Obey, you will not be missed.

Posted by: hill_marty | May 5, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Not being a Liberal myself, I truly feel badly for Mr. Obey and other Liberal Democrats that can no long abide the threatening stance this Obama administration has taken in order to pass legislation. Obama has destroyed the Democratic Party by forcing Progressive politics on them. Too bad, because the whole Democrat Party is suffering because of it.

Posted by: prossers7 | May 5, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

This is good news for those of us looking to change the radical agenda taking place in this country. But still we must tahnk him for his service.

Posted by: beatduke10 | May 5, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Oh my God !!

What is happening to the new left-wing Democrat Party?

This is historic.........never has there EVER been a situation in American history where the party in power, with super majorties, ever had this many folks quit.........and give it up.

Our will the Democrat Party "power supply's" our liberal/progressive MSM wolfpack press, rich elite Hollywood, and our overpaid liberal professors spin this one?

Posted by: allenridge | May 5, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Oh my God !!

What is happening to the new left-wing Democrat Party?

This is historic.........never has there EVER been a situation in American history where the party in power, with super majorties, ever had this many folks quit.........and give it up.

Our will the corrupt Democrat Party "power supply's" our liberal/progressive MSM wolfpack press, rich elite Hollywood, and our overpaid liberal professors spin this one?

Liberals.......how do you excuse this away?

Standing by for great excuses..lol....LOL!!

Posted by: allenridge | May 5, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Obey for what you have done for us. You have stress free retirement. Thank you.

Posted by: jorrell1 | May 5, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

First Ted, now Dave. Things are looking up, by golly!

Posted by: daskinner | May 5, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

IGotAComment: No one cares what you think. Really. You are completely, 100 percent insignificant.

That goes for the rest of you teatards. You are nothing but contributors to the Sarah Palin Retirement Fund. Beyond what little money you have, you don't exist.

LOL It is to laugh.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 5, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Obey's realization that Ostumbler actually did take bribes from BP to let them drill in the Gulf without adequate protection was the final straw.

Facing the distraught college students in Wisc. was something Obey was no longer up to. Besides, ACORN has changed its name and needs new staff who know where the bodies are buried in DC.

THAT, and the ignominy of imminent defeat at the hands of the 'T' Party, not a pretty end for such a rotten piece of Washingtrash.

Good riddance.

Now, getting back to the Constitution.....

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Posted by: dumpbama | May 5, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Chances??? What chances???
My guess is he finally read the HC Bill and is mortified!! :-)

Posted by: thornegp2626 | May 5, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I thought that Liberal Hero the Socialist, Womanize, Drunk, & Killer Ed Kennedy was the Liberal lion. We need term limits so those Crooks and Paradises cannot live off tax payers forever!

Posted by: american1 | May 5, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Obey's realization that Ostumbler actually did take bribes from BP to let them drill in the Gulf without adequate protection was the final straw.

THAT, and the ignominy of imminent defeat at the hands of the 'T' Party, not a pretty end for such a rotten piece of Washingtrash.

Good riddance.

Now, getting back to the Constitution.....

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Posted by: dumpbama | May 5, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I thought that Liberal Hero the Socialist, Womanize, Drunk, & Killer was the Liberal lion. We need term limits so those Crooks and Paradises cannot live off tax payers forever!

Posted by: american1 | May 5, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

What surprises me is that when did Chris Cilliza start sharing headlines?

Ooops not good....not good! c'mon I could had gotten a eight grader to write this story let alone two people write it

Pray tell...Who's the handicapped one on this piece?

an fyi - Paul Kane is usually fair in his writing

Posted by: dove369 | May 5, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

In my view, this House seat might well be a very good indicator of whether the 2010 election is a 'wave' cycle or not. Like it or not, Obey was a giant in the House, and the folks in his district knew it and weren't about to mess with it. But Cillizza is right that ideologically speaking, the district as a whole is less party-line than Obey himself. What this means is that Republicans have a chance to make noise here, but it won't be easy. Obey's endorsement of whoever the Dem candidate is will have weight in the district. And if 2010 isn't a 'wave' cycle, I think Dems are fairly likely to hold the seat. But if 2010 is a 'wave' cycle, Republicans have a legitimate shot. This is one of these seats that Dems should hold so long as they're not fighting a big tide. More than most other House seats, this seat may have the most to say about the strength of a 'Republican wave', or lack thereof. This is one to watch.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | May 5, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Does every liberal Democrat have to be called a Commie, or coward for retiring, the man did public service for 50 year,,,

And does every Republican have to be called a racist,,, many are from the south, but not all southerners are racists,,

Why do the Republicans who disagree with their own, such as Lindsey Graham, revert to using their scortched earth tactics on their own,, calling him a homosexual, just because he is not as far right as some are,
There was a time when Lindsey Graham was derided for being a southern conservative,, and now his own right wing is calling him queer,,,

Public Discourse and American Democracy are the Big Losers in all of this mess

Posted by: EastCoastnLA | May 5, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Its time for him to retire... He's too damned old anyway...

Posted by: demtse | May 5, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Liberal or not. 40 years is entirely too long - regardless of party. We seriously need term limits. How can we possibly change anything when there are career politicians?

Posted by: VaBroker | May 5, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

He is a part of the problem and knows his time is over.

Posted by: JohnRice | May 5, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Seems there are a lot of very angry, hostile right-wingers here glad that Obey has chosen to retire. Lots of posters are insulting his manhood and courage, saying he knew he wouldn't win so he quit instead.

How brave of you. Really.

How many of you angry, hostile nutjobs have done anything for the country as a whole? How many of you are doing anything worthwhile?

How many of you will be remembered for what you accomplish?

Not many. I don't know that I will be either, but David Obey will. He's done something with his life-- have you?

Think about that. Achieve something yourself and THEN come down on a guy who's given his career to serving the public.

Posted by: dbitt | May 5, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse


"Yes, Washington Post, we KNOW you love Kennedy and Obey and all the rest of the old-guard liberals but quit the editorializing ... Unless you start calling conservative pols "an eagle of the right" "

Now, now, RaiderDan. The Washington Post has to survive financially. They publish and sell most of their copy in the liberal local area consisting of government workers. If they go against the local sentiment, they won't sell newspapers, they'll go broke and close. Heaven knows we don't need more liberals on public support, especially liberal newspaper writers. They are a 'dime a dozen' now. Really, what chance would they have of finding a job???

Posted by: IGotAComment | May 5, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

"Two comments, two teatards. Another board infested with swill." --Posted by: koolkat_1960

"Koolkat comes across as the least upset poster on here, yet you have an issue with them only????" -- (Posted by: Urnesto)

Urnesto, if this is an example of your level of judgement of comments, you need to take a Judgement Training Course. You can google that term for sites that can help you. I sincerely wish you good luck in your recovery from the Obamitis fever that infected many in Nov 2008.

And 'Koolkat', sorry your brain was destroyed with the fever of Nov 2008. I know your single functioning neuro must be lonely in that otherwise empty head. Please seek help. I'm really concerned about you.

Posted by: IGotAComment | May 5, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I love it...another leftist pig bites the dust.

Posted by: DCer1 | May 5, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

GOOD RIDDANCE TO ANOTHER MARXIST!!!!

Posted by: jcmale14 | May 5, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse


Obey the half a Commie quits because he knows he will lose. The Dims are dropping like flies.

Posted by: screwjob11 | May 5, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse


That someone representing Wisconsin's 7th district can be one of the most powerful House members reveals a lot about what ails Congress.

Posted by: WylieD | May 5, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Can we please stop referring to liberal politicians as "liberal lions"

Yes, Washington Post, we KNOW you love Kennedy and Obey and all the rest of the old-guard liberals but quit the editorializing. Conservative politicians are referred to as "arch" or "ardent" or "staunch," or "unyielding" in your paper relentlessly.

Unless you start calling conservative pols "an eagle of the right"

Now that sounds fair.

Posted by: RaiderDan | May 5, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

jhpbriton--

Are you joking or are you just a joke? You take issue with the most even-handed, non-emotional comment on here because it happens to be liberal???? Be a tad subtle maybe next time. Koolkat comes across as the least upset poster on here, yet you have an issue with them only???? If you are accusing people of being "so upset" and "complaining", then maybe you should look at the all-caps diatribe or the person who calls a 40+ year public servant a "scumbag" for no apparent reason. But they happen to be saying conservative stuff. Oh, I see. Maybe stop being such a foolish hypocrite, jhpbriton.

Posted by: Urnesto | May 5, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

"Obey is another coward who knows he has done immense damage to the United States with his vote on healthcare. He doesn't have the guts to face defeat like a man, so he chooses to retire/quit."

So every Republican who is retiring is a coward? If you say so, teatard.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 5, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

"koolkat

If you are so upset, do something about it. Donate to the regime, get a leftist to run in Obey's district, do something. All you ever do is complain."

My only complaint here, numbnutz, is about the gibberish you teatards spew on these boards. How old are you, six?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 5, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Obey is another coward who knows he has done immense damage to the United States with his vote on healthcare. He doesn't have the guts to face defeat like a man, so he chooses to retire/quit. Good riddance.

Posted by: johnfchick1 | May 5, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

The people in the 7th district in WI have NO IDEA what they will be losing with Rep Obey retiring. See how that Small government" thing works out when their farms are threatened or the floods arrive or their schools are in jeopardy.
Some telegenic bubble head with no seniority is going to help ? You betcha !

Posted by: jmsbh | May 5, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I ask this out of genuine curiosity. While I realize that no Republican can believe that the GOP will take another beating in November, I'd like to know what they'd do if that happened?

By the way, we've seen the telegenic candidate with boyish charm before. It only works when Democrats run lousy candidates. Ask Bob "Bobby Haircut" Ehrlich.

Posted by: jlhare1 | May 5, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance!

Posted by: jpfann | May 5, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

koolkat

If you are so upset, do something about it. Donate to the regime, get a leftist to run in Obey's district, do something. All you ever do is complain.

Ha, ha it is to laugh

Posted by: jhpbriton | May 5, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

And with this, Republicans are one seat closer to their goal of taking the house. Gee....thanks a lot Mr. Obey.

Posted by: leafgreen | May 5, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Obama change sure is making a lot of Democrats mad.

Posted by: 45upnorth | May 5, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse


Good riddance. Obey and his liberal pals in Congress rammed through the largest spending increases in history . . . increases that will bankrupt this nation unless the voters throw the bums out and replace them with people who will reverse the crazy spending spree.

Posted by: tdstds | May 5, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Ugh, Duffy. I hated dealing with him in Ashland. Complete egotistical jack.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 5, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

It's not too late to chance your mind, Congressman Obey. Please do!

Posted by: paul65 | May 5, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Two comments, two teatards. Another board infested with swill.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 5, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Another DemocRat scumbag hits the dust!

Posted by: theaz | May 5, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

ONE MORE POSTER BOY FOR TERM LIMITS BITES THE DUST!!! BALLOT BOX TERM LIMITS IS SURE MAKING A DIFFERENCE ON SOME OF THESE OLD POLITICAL HACKS LIKE THIS ONE. A BREATH OF FRESH AIR WHEN HE CLEANS OUT HIS OFFICE GOP WILL SURE TAKE THIS SEAT IN NOVEMBER ALONG WITH TONS OF OTHER SEATS. LET FREEDOM RING!!

Posted by: cdorbg | May 5, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

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