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Mississippi Dem: Don't blame me, I voted for McCain

By Matt DeLong
Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) took the phenomenon of conservative Democrats distancing themselves from President Obama to a new level over the weekend when he told a reporter that he voted for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in 2008. From The Hill:

Reporter Maria Recio told The Hill that when Taylor was asked if he voted for the Democratic nominee in 2008, he said, "I did not vote for Obama. I voted for Sen. McCain. Better the devil you know."

Taylor, a Blue Dog Democrat, also told South Mississippi's Sun-Herald that he will not be supporting Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for another term as House speaker if Democrats retain control of the lower chamber in November. "I'm very disappointed in how she's veered to the left," Taylor said, Instead, he said he would support House Armed Services Committee Chair Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) for the job. The Hill reports that Skelton is not seeking Pelosi's job.

Taylor's Republican opponent, Steve Palazzo, recently released an internal poll showing Taylor trailing. McCain won Taylor's district -- Mississippi's 4th -- handily in 2008 with 67 percent of the vote. Cook Political Report rates the district as the 21st most Republican in the country and calls the race a '"toss-up."

By Matt DeLong  | October 25, 2010; 1:53 PM ET
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America under the Tea Party:
No standing Army(Navy only per the Constitution)
No social security(even though you paid in)
No medicare (die on the streets-who cares?)
No civil rights bill(except for gov only)
No voting rights for women or minorities(how will these tea party women vote?)
No minimum wage(they want their rich pals to be able to pay you $0.50 per hour!)
However, we will be able to forget all about those nasty deficits-heck they didn't matter when GW & crew ran them up!
The Health care bill will be history and the kids with pre-existing conditions that have obtained coverage...oh well, tough luck!
These nuts will attempt to spend millions to impeach our current President...and he hasn't taken us to two wars on lies & killed our sons/daughters, tortured people, etc. etc. etc.
Good Luck America - you're going to need it if these characters get in. Oh, and prepare to get your heads stepped on if you don't agree with them. Because THEY know what's best for you and your family!


Posted by: Sherry91 | October 26, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

While I understand the stereotype regarding people in the south I ask that you stop and think for a minute. Not everyone in Mississippi (or any other part of the south) is racist, uneducated, etc. I was raised in the south yet I am open minded and definitely think for myself. Many southerners are that way also. I am a college graduate. I have always had friends of all races. When it comes to politics I do tend to be left of center but I refuse to vote for a party. I vote for the person I think represents what I think, believe and want.

I couldn't care less who Gene Taylor voted for. Please...feel free to comment on Gene Taylor all you want, but don't lump all southerners as stupid white people who hate blacks. That's just not the truth.

Posted by: mkhaley | October 26, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Mississippi? Of course he voted for McCain. When you're a racist with little education, who else would you vote for?

Posted by: wd1214 | October 26, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who confesses to voting for Palin in any form or fashion is too stupid to be an elected official for any position including animal services. I assume that makes my opinion crystal clear!

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | October 26, 2010 6:09 AM | Report abuse

Taylor lives in a conservative area that McCain won. He is afraid for his job so he will say whatever it takes to try to hold onto the job. At this point, I would take what he says with a grain of salt. He wants to win and if that is what it takes to win he would throw his own mother under the bus. He caucused with the Democrats and if he wins he'll still be with the Democrats.

Posted by: alaskan2 | October 26, 2010 1:53 AM | Report abuse

We keep hearing of the president's policies that have "ruined" the great usa.
health care for millions of Americans who would never have otherwise been able to afford it
pumping money into an education that has seen in the past, the USA lag behind even third world countries
bailing out companies and banks during the worst financial crisis the country has seen in many year and caused by years of mismanagement by the same people who are criticizing the current policies, where not bailing them out would have cause a severe depression
People, Open your eyes! Don't you see what's happening? Are you all blind? The arsonists who set fire to the house, want to come back to try to put the fire out??? Crazy!!!

Posted by: cherylann_36 | October 26, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

We keep hearing of the president's policies that have "ruined" the great usa.
health care for millions of Americans who would never have otherwise been able to afford it
pumping money into an education that has seen in the past, the USA lag behind even third world countries
bailing out companies and banks during the worst financial crisis the country has seen in many year and caused by years of mismanagement by the same people who are criticizing the current policies, where not bailing them out would have cause a severe depression
People, Open your eyes! Don't you see what's happening? Are you all blind? The arsonists who set fire to the house, want to come back to try to put the fire out??? Crazy!!!

Posted by: cherylann_36 | October 26, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, Rep. Taylor. President Obama has not lived up to campaign promises, deceived all Americans with his methods in passing hcr and continues to alienate so many who actually supported him. Good for Rep. Taylor, someone with some sense who doesn't have to follow party lines.
Whatever reasons he had for voting for McCain have been validated by Obama's lack of effectiveness and downright arrogance in dismissing the economy to spend months on legislation that will only make life worse for so many.

Anyone dismissing McCain because of Palin, can now see that Palin couldn't have been any worst than foot n mouth Biden.
And McCain's allegiance to Americans trumps Obama's use of the teleprompters hands down.

Posted by: pjcafe | October 25, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

back to issues..>google> taxes we pay
medicaid/obamacare..DUMP
Medicare ONE tax--sales Fed/State.only exception NO tax on food. />something WE tax payers can watch..and control..
2terms/4yr terms only for ALL..WEED out the CAREER politicians.

Posted by: rw62827 | October 25, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

back to issues..>google> taxes we pay
medicaid/obamacare..DUMP
Medicare ONE tax--sales Fed/State.only exception NO tax on food. />something WE tax payers can watch..and control..
2terms/4yr terms only for ALL..WEED out the CAREER politicians.

Posted by: rw62827 | October 25, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

If you don't think Obama is against white people, read his comments to the LA radio station today.

No self-respecting white should ever consider voting for him or other Democrats.

Posted by: numbersch13 | October 25, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

This man and all like him not be allowed to run for office. He is a traitor to his party and more than that he could very easily be a traitor to this country. Someone with no principles should not be allowed to run. Then you look at Bush, Cheney, possibly Palin, and that just ruins my point altogether.

Posted by: racam | October 25, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Gene Taylor, just another one of many who will do or say anything to get elected. Sad. Now he is a conservative. Yet his signature piece of legislation would have worked a massive expansion of the federal flood insurance program at tax payer bailout expense. Something that would put more homes, building and people in harms way along the coast. Sad.

Posted by: lovinliberty | October 25, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations Gene Taylor. You voted for John McCain. You voted for a man to lead the USA who couldn't come up with a better and brighter vice-presidential candidate than Sarah Palin. Remember poor and pathetic Sarah when Katie Couric asked her which newspapers she read and Sarah couldn't name one. Not even Alaska's major daily. Sarah, the governor of Alaska and she couldn't name the state's major daily.

Posted by: mab123vancouver | October 25, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama can "take his endorsement and shove it," declared Democrat Frank Caprio

Taylor was asked if he voted for the Democratic nominee in 2008, he said, "I did not vote for Obama. I voted for Sen. McCain. Better the devil you know."

---------------

Look like O's got a bit of a "messaging" problem with his Dems.

Apparently, O is to Dems what kryptonite is to Superman.

Posted by: drjcarlucci | October 25, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Blue-dog demmicrat, you say?

Bubba sounds more like a dumb-dog know-nothing, if yz ask me.

And if ya didn't ask me, I jus; tol'ja, an' y'all kin take it or leave it.

Posted by: chamateddy | October 25, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse


After the elections you will see a number of Democrat senators switch parties to the GOP.

Posted by: screwjob22 | October 25, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

"Taylor: I voted for McCain"

Like MOST real Americans and true conservatives, taylor sees no difference between lying, phony-conservative rino traitor AMNESTY-JOHN mccain and a lunatic-left d-crat socialist. And taylor probably just loves that AMNESTY thing.

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | October 25, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

The yammerings of some hayseed rep from an educational wasteland of a state is supposed to do what? Make President Obama cry?

Posted by: LABC | October 25, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

BLUEDOG = DEMOCRAT IN NAME ONLY

Posted by: Carrie11 | October 25, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

BLUEDOG = DEMOCRAT IN NAME ONLY

Posted by: Carrie11 | October 25, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

The yammerings of some hayseed rep from an educational wasteland of a state is supposed to do what? Make President Obama cry?

Posted by: LABC | October 25, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

The yammerings of some hayseed rep from an educational wasteland of a state is supposed to do what? Make President Obama cry?

Posted by: LABC | October 25, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

$1 trillion blown

9.6% unemployment

Triple Bush's debt

yeah, it's racial

conservatives don't like him because he's black, same reason they don't like pelosi

after nov. 2, bye bye liberal / slacker nation

Posted by: drjcarlucci | October 25, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

It is good to see that fair minded Democrats are also seeing the ruin brought onto America by Obama. Pelosi and Reid. Now even those in Obama's own political party are deserting him in favor of reason and America's free market system. Obama's lurch to the far left with his socialist agenda has alienated most of America and eliminated the Democratic Party as a viable political force in the US for years to come.

Posted by: Realist201 | October 25, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Ha!!

Republican vs. I'm-not-a-Democrat

Posted by: drjcarlucci | October 25, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

This election will tell us is America like a Dog returning to its vomite. The KKK / Tea party are the republician that got us in this mess in the beginning. Why would you go back to them again (only if you hate yourself and the fact that the one person that can help you is a black President O'bama)Maybe race. These people are like a person in a abusive relationship, once they are out it and find someone to love them, they only want to dream of going back to the one that abused them and forget they were abused. They need mental help. Listen up and listen well! after november is done President O'bama will still be the President of the USA. Take that KKK / Tea party.

Posted by: house585 | October 25, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

TO: NeoConVeteran who wrote:
“Interesting how many Liberals here want to play the "Race Card" rather than argue the issues. It seems they also know that to argue losing issues will be a harbinger of election results to come.”
^^^^^^^^^^

So far all the issues raised haven’t had any merit, but go ahead, tell us what your issue is.


Posted by: lindalovejones | October 25, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

TO: menk who wrote:
“Why is it that the Liberals always think we conservatives have an issue with Obama solely due to his race? …”

^^^^^^^^^^^

Because your arguments against the POTUS don’t make any sense, neither do the insults.

Republican refusal to accept the fact that President Obama is an American born Christian, also keep our suspicions of racism high.


Posted by: lindalovejones | October 25, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Interesting how many Liberals here want to play the "Race Card" rather than argue the issues. It seems they also know that to argue losing issues will be a harbinger of election results to come.

Posted by: NeoConVeteran | October 25, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Interesting how many Liberals here want to play the "Race Card" rather than argue the issues. It seems they also know that to argue losing issues will be a harbinger of election results to come.

Posted by: NeoConVeteran | October 25, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Why didn't he just say I didn't vote for Obama because I'm a White man from Mississippi and we don't vote for a Black man even if he is a Democrat.

Posted by: mcdonalsherry | October 25, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Obama says he will focus the last 2 years on the economy and the national deficits.....
more Obama lies????!!!!

Go Tea Party. Let's clean house this November. Stick to our constitution, get rid of all the politicians Republican and Democrats who sold us out to the Arab countries.


Posted by: happyday3 | October 25, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Hope taylor,gene gets buried! Why doesn't the slug just change his affiliation, he's a rethug already.

Posted by: mtravali | October 25, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that the Liberals always think we conservatives have an issue with Obama solely due to his race? Are you really so shallow that you believe we are too?

Obama is not an idiot because he is black. He is an idiot who just happens to be black. Frankly this racist nonsense from you supposedly enlightened Dems reflects poorly on you not on us.

Posted by: menk | October 25, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Taylor - switch parties and be done with
it

Posted by: Sirius2 | October 25, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Taylor - switch parties and be done with
it

Posted by: Sirius2 | October 25, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Well...after a quiet two years, everyone in the Democratic Party's once vocal highly fiscally prudent, Blue Dog, pro-life, and socially moderate wing has woken up and is making lots of noise...just in time for election day!!

The moderates have finally realized that the reckless economic and social policies of the liberals and radicals in their party are doing little to create jobs and lower the deficit and have caused them nothing but trouble... all for things they don't even believe in.

As I always say, the only thing "bipartisan" in the ERROR of Obama is the opposition!!

Posted by: chrojo01 | October 25, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Just another white guy from The South who cannot wrap his racist mind around the idea of a non-white POTUS.

It's driven them mad!

Posted by: thebobbob | October 25, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Manchin, in West Virginia, is also putting a lot of distance between himself and Obama. But the fact is Manchin was in favor of a carbon tax that could result in a loss of 30,000 coal jobs in West Virginia.
And now he asks them to vote for him.
Yeah, sure.

Posted by: Indi1 | October 25, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: rihannach | October 25, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

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