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David Obey: He really will be missed

It's simultaneously sad and admirable that Rep. Dave Obey (D-Wis.) announced today that he is retiring from Congress. Sad because there were few members who were more courageous and more substantive in their approach to government. By leaps and bounds, he's one of the members of Congress I have admired most, and for a long time.

Oh, yes, Obey could be ornery, and I could imagine that you didn't want to be in his way on a bad day. But when Obey was ornery, it usually had a purpose. And he was just such a refreshing break from the sort of politician who polls and focus-groups everything he says or does. Obey was a committed progressive in Wisconsin's great tradition. He never tried to be fashionable. Practical forms of old-fashioned social justice were just fine by him. He'd argue with Republicans, but also with people on his own side when that was necessary. He always knew his stuff. And he wasn't afraid.

But what's admirable is that Obey was just as straight-talking and uncompromising in stepping out as he was in all the fights he took on. I just got off the phone with him, and what he offered in our chat was classic Obey.

"I'm just worn out," he said. "I'm just worn down." He pondered retirement before, but stayed on because he was angry at what he saw as the "arrogance" of the second President Bush. "I was determined to outlast him," he said.

"For years, I said the only reason I was hanging on was to pass health care, and I told people, 'Tell the Republicans if they want me to leave, pass health care.' Well, we passed it."

He was insistent that he was not stepping out because he would face his first hard contest in years, from Republican Sean Duffy. "I've won 25 elections, and if anybody thinks I can't win an election against a clone of George Bush, they've got to be smoking something that's illegal," he said. In fact, he argued that any of the six potential Democrats being mentioned as potential successors would easily hold the seat. "There's no way in hell a progressive district like mine is going to a conservative Republican."

But the 71-year-old Obey made no secret of the fact that he's weary. "There's got to be more to life than explaining Senate procedures to angry constituents or begging Blue Dogs to do what they ought to do by rote."

Here is a goodbye that Obey earned the right to offer: "If you're a good politician, you're used up in causes you believe in, and if you're used up, you step aside." And so he has.

I don't think they make politicians like Dave Obey anymore, but I hope that some young politician out there looks to him and decides there is now an enormous vacuum to be filled. All you have to do is believe in what you're saying, master the legislative process, care about important issues, speak candidly and gruffly and be willing to make enemies -- knowing that some people will like you just because you are so uncompromisingly who you are. When older politicians retire, people typically say "he will be missed." This time, they'll mean it.

By E.J. Dionne  | May 5, 2010; 1:03 PM ET
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I for one and very happy this dogmatic liberal wind bag is going. His stimulus bill was nothing more than a package of old liberal wish lists that did nothing to help this economy. It is this style of entrentched liberal politician that has doomed Obama's presidency.

Posted by: tomb5 | May 5, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

A good man.

He dealt in substance and facts, obviously motivated by a strong determination to fight for working people against the lies and arrogance of far less informed opponents who just spun issues rather than understood him.

Our government cannot afford to lose such rare good representatives, but Obey clearly has earned a chance to spend time with his family rather than battling liars.

Hopefully young people will reach out to him as a mentor.

Posted by: bethechangeyouwant | May 5, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

He certainly won't be missed here in Wisconsin!

Typical though, the first time he faces a real struggle he runs away.

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

THIS GUY IS THE TYPE THAT'S KILLING AMERICA.

Posted by: DANSHANTEAL1 | May 5, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

OBEY IS A COMMIE LOVER AND GOOD RIDDANCE!!


Posted by: jcmale14 | May 5, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see this left-wing statist gone. A blessing for America!

Posted by: RB1019 | May 5, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see this left-wing statist gone. America will be the better for it!

Posted by: RB1019 | May 5, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

He has been passionate and true to his beliefs, yet able to make deals with people on the other side of the aisle to get legislation passed. There are not nearly enough people like that left in the congress.

Mr. Dionne's assessment is right on the mark.

Posted by: elohr | May 5, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

He has been passionate and true to his beliefs, yet able to make deals with people on the other side of the aisle to get legislation passed. There are not nearly enough people like that left in the congress.

Mr. Dionne's assessment is right on the mark.

Posted by: elohr | May 5, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Obey is a great man. In addition to the qualities E.J. mentions, he knows and respects the institution in which he serves. He also has a biting sense of humor.

Posted by: luxetveritas | May 5, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

THIS GUY IS THE TYPE THAT'S KILLING AMERICA.

Posted by: DANSHANTEAL1 | May 5, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

He stayed on because of Bush's arrogance, yet now he's stepping down during Obama's arrogance.

Huh.

Posted by: charlesbakerharris | May 5, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

he talks about bushes aqarragence.what a joke after watcjing his party and obama administration in action.the will of the majority of thee voters means nothing to them.sounds like a lot of other dems retiring in the face of big election loss.

Posted by: dagner49 | May 5, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse


E.J.: Ever hear of the term "good riddance to bad rubbish"? This guy should have been out of there years ago!

Posted by: SeniorVet | May 5, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Good News! Yet the end of another socialist and a new seat for the GOP!

Posted by: Realist201 | May 5, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

We should respect Mr. Obey's decision. In fact it is time to go.

Posted by: masonjahr | May 5, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

With the rate of speed the Democrats are leaving one wonders when they write there books will they tell us the Boot on the Neck tactic from Obama's Administration that finally broke there back?

I guess it now costing them to much to pay to play.

Donnie you might want to check out the story Politico is breaking right now.

Looks like your idol Obama is the biggest recipient BP Cash and has been for many years.

Go figure. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0510/36783.html

Posted by: jace1 | May 5, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Another old 1960's reject flushed down the septic tank.

Posted by: economy48 | May 5, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

One less liberal KUMBAYA!!

"IMAGINE........NO LIBERALS!"

Posted by: cschotta1 | May 5, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Obey sounds a lot like Bush.

"All you have to do is believe in what you're saying, master the legislative process, care about important issues, speak candidly and gruffly and be willing to make enemies -- knowing that some people will like you just because you are so uncompromisingly who you are."

Although perhaps Bush didn't master the legislative process...

Posted by: billybob123 | May 5, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Obey sounds a lot like Bush.

"All you have to do is believe in what you're saying, master the legislative process, care about important issues, speak candidly and gruffly and be willing to make enemies -- knowing that some people will like you just because you are so uncompromisingly who you are."

Although perhaps Bush didn't master the legislative process...

Posted by: billybob123 | May 5, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse


A pathetic end to a distinguished Congressional career.

Obey is smart and hard working. But when the going got tough, he failed to stand up for what's right and demand Congress pass a real economic stimulus package and a workable health care reform program.

Saddest of all, he even lacks the courage to face the voters and explain himself.

Posted by: VirginiaIndependent | May 5, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

He will be missed in Wisconsin. His biography, "Raising Hell for Justice" is a must read for both liberals and conservatives, especially those native to Wisconsin.

Posted by: zirkau | May 5, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

One less liberal KUMBAYA!!

"IMAGINE........NO LIBERALS!"

Posted by: cschotta1 | May 5, 2010 2:23 PM
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Yes, imagine. Sounds like Germany in the 1930's and early 40's....

Posted by: pcpatterson | May 5, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Obey isn't leaving because he is tired - he is leaving because he wants to save himself the embarrassement of losing ;-)
If his idea of a real achievement is the healthcare bill then it is way past time for him to be gone!

Posted by: thornegp2626 | May 5, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey Dionne,He wouldn't of got reelected and you and him know it.But you keep spinning and pretending your actually an honest reporter.I say,don't let the door hit you on your social engineering progressive butt on the way out !!!Oh and I almost forgot,Wasn't it supposed to be a cold day in hell before the peoples republic of Massachusetts ever voted and gave Teddy's seat to a republican,HMMMMM?That's why only your few leftie followers really take you serious.

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

A great perspective about a great politician.

Posted by: EarlC | May 5, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Another ones bites the dust and gives another lame excuse. Obey staying on and now retiring had nothing to do with Bush. He's finished and he knows it. He sacrificed his creditability and career for President Obama and there's nothing left for him to do but leave and make bogus claims as to why. Obey is ashamed of himself as the others were who retired ahead of him. Before he admits he was wrong or that President Obama is destroying this country he chooses to retire to save face with President Obama. I'm just surprised he didn't say at least he's on the right side of history like the other Democrats were brainwashed to believe by President Obama. Obeys whole career came down to this? Whatever he thought of himself before Obama became President has just been erased for helping pass health care. He know this regardless what he tells other. He has to live with himself and convince himself on a daily basis like the others who helped pass health that it was the right thing to do. The reality of what he did has finally hit home. This country doesn't need people in power who misuse their power for an ideologue like President Obama.

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

This account is a complete lie. Obey is out because Obama and Pelosi took down another one. Anyone notice that Pelosi has been shut up? They are trying to minimize the country's hatred of her and the massive negative that she brings to November 2010.

Posted by: hz9604 | May 5, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Now that E.J. Dionne has finished his column, he can go and relax in one of Barney Frank's Bath Houses.........To suggest that Obey was, "Brave," because he stood up to George W. Bush's arrogance, is laughable......Did he stand up to Nancy Pelosi's Arrogance or Harry Reid's Patronage? I guess not...

His goal before retirement was to, "Pass Healthcare?" The man has been eating Magic Mushrooms from the cow pies in Wisconsin!

Now that Obey is facing a difficult challenge in his state, he retires? If he was, "Proud of what he accomplished," he should, "Grow a pair of stones," and defend his votes and thus, ensure the people of Wisconsin, that he's proud TO SERVE THEM!

George McClellan was a proud General, too! He couldn't fight out of a paper bag, but when there weren't any battles to fight, he sure was proud!

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

Just like all the other politicans who stay for 25+ years and never take responsibility for what mess they leave. On his watch we have:
1) Allowed millions of poor/uneducated/unskilled illegal immigrants to overrun our schools/hospitals/social services. For that I should thank him?
2) Social Security is broke. He did nothing to stop the Government from raiding our piggy bank. For that I should thank him?
3) He supported the community reinvestment act that devestated our housing market by allowing millions of unqualifed people to buy homes they could never afford. For that I should thank him?
4) He sat by as Fannie & Freddie were loosing billions of dollar while his liberal collegues all cried that those institutions were finanically sound when we now know they were not. For that I should thank him?

He and the rest of that do nothing bunch on Capital Hill should just go away. Don't go away mad just go away. You guys have ruined everything you touched. None of you has the intellect to write legislation. You bring in outside groups who fund your campaigns. Wish we could vote EJ Doinee out of the Washington Post. Now that's a campaign I could support. Liberals Suck!

Posted by: Cobra2 | May 5, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Goodby and good luck to a quality individual. Something the Republicant party does not have.

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | May 5, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Great article. Sounds like a great guy. Hope he enjoys his retirement, he deserves it.

Posted by: celestun100 | May 5, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance.

Hopefully we can replace him with somone more in tune with middle America.

Posted by: ZZim | May 5, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Good Riddance! Obey calling anyone arrogant is like the Tiger calling someone an adulterer.

He is the icon of the elitist liberal establishment that is about to get itself booted from office in November.

Posted by: InTheMiddle | May 5, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance.

Posted by: stratman1 | May 5, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Goodby and good luck to a quality individual. Something the Republicant party does not have.

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | May 5, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Typical idiot response. So out of 41 senators and over 200 gongressman, you seriously believe there are no quality individuals among them? Are you saying Barnie Frank is better then Jeff Sessions? Laughable at best. Are you saying that Reid is better then Boehner? Laughable at best. Are you saying congressman Eric Cantor is better then Alan Grayson? Laughable at best? Did we already ok medical marijuana in DC as you folks are stoned. What a sad state affairs we find ourselves in. Liberals are the ones who bow down to foreign leaders and the likes of Pelosi & Reid. Our legislators should be inspiring Americans but not those two fools. They come out with the doom & gloom perspective every day. They want you to think that things are so bad that only liberals can fix them. Just look at the cities that have been run by liberals for decades. They are all poor and rank at the bottom of all categories. Welfare/Unemployment/Out of Wedlock Birth/Illegal Immigrants. You guys do such a good job with our money. Liberals Suck!

Posted by: Cobra2 | May 5, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

But the 71-year-old Obey made no secret of the fact that he's weary.
==========================================

I'm sure he's weary, and fearful of getting his behind handed to him in November.

Posted by: bbface21 | May 5, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Missed by who? You? He has been in office too long, just like a lot of them. I hope we can get rid of more like him & get some one in that believes in following the Constitution & listening to the American people.

Posted by: egw7777 | May 5, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see Rep Obey taking time to spend with his family. We only need about 40 more in the House to do the same.

Thank you.

Posted by: jhpbriton | May 5, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Obey won't be missed out here in the libertarian West. Hopefully, his district has learnt its lesson and will elect a sane Republican, or at least a Blue Dog, to his seat.

Posted by: daskinner | May 5, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Pity he won't hang around to annoy the fans of that moron w.

Posted by: davidsawh | May 5, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, E.J. As a Wisconsinite, I'm proud to have had Dave Obey lead my state's delegation. His retirement is a real loss for Wisconsin and America.

Posted by: stuartlevitan | May 5, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

PCPATERSON Sez, "Sounds like Germany in the 1930's and early 40's...."

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Sure does!

Nazi is abbreviation of the "National Socialist Workers Party."

To combat the Depression, Nazi's passed a "stimulus bill" that, among other things, built the Autobahn. (Can you say "shovel-ready infrastructure project" in German?)

Nazis replaced a privately run health system with a state run system, and instituted many public health programs, including anti-tobacco campaigns.

Nazi's used military force to make the world politically more agreeable. (At least Hitler invaded nice places like France. I don't think he'd bother with dumps like Iraq, Af-Pak, Iran...)

Nazis liked Moslems and hated Jews.

Nazis used the law to favor some racial groups and persecute others.

Nazis used armed thugs to quell political dissent. (You got to admit SA brownshirts looked snazzier than SEIU purple shirts)

Posted by: pmendez | May 5, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Obey, E.J. form new coalition "Dems for Diapers"

Posted by: michaelhunt277 | May 5, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Obey went along with a bunch of dreadful legislation like ridiculous earmarks and the porkulus. In his defense: His comments could be hilarious. He coined the wonderful phrase about politicians "posing for holy pictures." And he is, like me, a devotee of Don Marquis' Archy and Mehitabel, one of the funniest books ever. Who's going to head the Archy and Mehitabel caucus after him?

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

He won't be missed by Liberals.

"Idiot Liberals."
-- David Obey, D-WI, Vietnam War Shirker, Clueless Git

Thanks much. HLB

Posted by: HLBeckPE | May 5, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Look at all of these right-wing loons. "Good riddance," "Another one bites the dust".... They have no ideas about anything, all they do is whine. It's so old. What are you going to do? Cut taxes? Cut spending? If so, which programs are you going to cut? Righties complain about government, but then scream bloody murder if Medicare or some other entitlement they love is on the chopping block. America, they have no ideas and no plans. Emotions are not ideas. Worse than five year olds.

Posted by: nsu1203 | May 5, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Thank you David Obey for your service, and thank you E.J. for reminding us why intelligence and a passion for social justice are important in these 'Tea Bag' times.

To all you wingnuts posting here: learn to spell first. Do you have any idea how stupid you appear?

Posted by: gposner | May 5, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I keep reading people writing "the death of america" or "killing america".

Tell you what - with citizens like you, who needs al Queida or the Taliban.

you should be shot for treason, with doomsday B.S. like you offer - sort of like the Hitler Youth Brigades trying to spread fear throughout the region.

And you call Obama a Facist?

Give us all a break, and stop fomenting fear based on your looney delusions, saying things like, ""this is the type of person that is killing america".

Where I come from, you don't throw out the baby if the bathwater is merely cold.
I'll spell it out in plain english:

for all that the government may of may have not done to you, and "your" country - (LOL) - the stuff that you cry about amounts to trivia. Yet you think "doomsday".

I'm hoping Americans look on the brighter side of America, rather than condemning it based on a few government leaders they happen to disagree with.

you're acting like children, and let's hope you catch yourself before doing a McVeigh somewhere because your feelings are hurt by some big, powerful congressman or woman.

I submit that writers who write gloom and doom - that you're one of the problems of America, with your dim view of it all.

Get a life.

Posted by: pgibson1 | May 5, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I live in Wisconsin and have been proud to have Obey representing my state in the House. His district is progressive and will never go to Duffy.

To those of you bashing Obey: In a democratic republic like ours, shouldn't politicians represent the concerns of their constituents? It's obvious Obey did that or he wouldn't have gotten re-elected so many times. So, do you just dislike democracy?

Posted by: grassy123 | May 5, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I lived (recently) for 5 years in Dave Obey's district and was privileged to hear him speak on our university campus a couple times a year. He is everything E.J. says, and more! He really worked for and cared for the little guy. His integrity is without compare and his knowledge of issues and facts was always impressive. It's sad for central Wisconsin and for the House of Representatives that he's retiring, but after 40 years of struggle, who wouldn't be "worn out"?

Posted by: ginnyhelm47 | May 5, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

." He pondered retirement before, but stayed on because he was angry at what he saw as the "arrogance" of the second President Bush

Bull sheit! It's his own arrogance that kept him on, and you libs know it.
One more tax and spend liberal slug down. Only a couple of hundred more pieces of manure to go.

Posted by: LarryG62 | May 5, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

.........

The bushies, birthers, spill baby spill
crowd is not ever going to understand
how important someone like Rep. Obey
has been to helping to stop the scourge
of the hard right Christian theocracy
that has torn down liberty and reduced
the middle class to poverty.

...........

Posted by: printthis | May 5, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I could not have said it any better myself. Excellent article -- About a Dedicated Public Servant!

Posted by: gwendolynwashington | May 5, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

A question. Why wouldn't a Democratic politician as admirable as you are describing, tough it out just two more years when his successors could fight for the seat during a presidential election year?

Or at very least, why couldn't Obey have realized he was "weary" earlier, to give his potential successors more time to organize?

Posted by: bidalah | May 5, 2010 3:29 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!!

How long can the corrupt liberal/progressive POST keep COVERING UP, like Nixon did, the FACT that Obama's policies are KILLING the Democrat Party?

How long POST are you willing to keep lying and misleading the American people?

How long?

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

Why would Obey be worn out? After the last two decades, who wouldn't be? The Right Revolutionary strategy has been nothing more than oppose and dispose since 1994. Prof. Gingrich's coat-tails loaded up the Congress with frat boys who performed as told and never understood the gravity of their responsibility. With one hand in the collection basket and the other praising the Lord for His forgiveness, these pranksters pulled false fire alarms as the legitimate calls went unanswered. The opposition, now in its third re-generation, is a refined political animal, bred to serve without conscience- and not limited to the moral one, as the champion showdogs are specifically prized for their complete lack of academic or practical knowlege. They criticize the very system they fortified with wars and deficits that destablized the world. Seeing the world slowly righted back on its axis, they are now ready to return. If I were Obey, I'd get out too.

Posted by: jaygee4 | May 5, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

If he is worn out, leave today. Get out of town before you are run out on a rail in November. Good riddance.

Posted by: delusional1 | May 5, 2010 4:01 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 4:07 PM | Report abuse

""For years, I said the only reason I was hanging on was to pass health care..."

So what did he do the rest of the time? Play golf?

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

Why would Obey be worn out? After the last two decades, who wouldn't be? The Right Revolutionary strategy has been nothing more than oppose and dispose since 1994. Prof. Gingrich's coat-tails loaded up the Congress with frat boys who performed as told and never understood the gravity of their responsibility. With one hand in the collection basket and the other praising the Lord for His forgiveness, these pranksters pulled false fire alarms as the legitimate calls went unanswered. The opposition, now in its third re-generation, is a refined political animal, bred to serve without conscience- and not limited to the moral one, as the champion showdogs are specifically prized for their complete lack of academic or practical knowlege. They criticize the very system they fortified with wars and deficits that destablized the world. Seeing the world slowly righted back on its axis, they are now ready to return. If I were Obey, I'd get out too.

===========================

Should we call the "wambulance"?

Our system is built on debate. If he wasn't up for the challenge he should have never been there!

The fact is he didn't want to be around in November . . . do your dirty work abusing the system and trampling the constitution and walk away - coward.

Posted by: reddog62 | May 5, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

We need an army of young Obeys to protect America from the cretins of the far right.

Posted by: bertram2 | May 5, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jaygee4

Why would Obey be worn out? After the last two decades, who wouldn't be? The Right Revolutionary strategy has been nothing more than oppose and dispose since 1994. Prof. Gingrich's coat-tails loaded up the Congress with frat boys who performed as told and never understood the gravity of their responsibility. With one hand in the collection basket and the other praising the Lord for His forgiveness, these pranksters pulled false fire alarms as the legitimate calls went unanswered. The opposition, now in its third re-generation, is a refined political animal, bred to serve without conscience- and not limited to the moral one, as the champion showdogs are specifically prized for their complete lack of academic or practical knowlege. They criticize the very system they fortified with wars and deficits that destablized the world. Seeing the world slowly righted back on its axis, they are now ready to return. If I were Obey, I'd get out too.
======================

Shall we call the "wambulance"?

Our system is built on debate. If he couldn't handle the heat . . .

""For years, I said the only reason I was hanging on was to pass health care..."

He's kind of like the guy who breaks wind in an elevator and walks out . . . thanks for the memories

Posted by: reddog62 | May 5, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

pmendez:

classic -- Nazis had antismoking campaigns.
Democrats like antismoking campaigns. Ergo, Democrats are Nazis! See how easy that was?

Posted by: crm1951 | May 5, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

The new liberal Democrat multi-phase approach to politics and public policy:

Phase I:
Pass God-awful legislation that this country can't afford, is barely Constitutional if that, and which the American people overwhelmingly HATE! (e.g. - Stimulus, HCR).

Phase II:
RUN AWAY!!!!!!!!!!


And some people wonder why liberals can't be trusted with national security or foreign policy. The reason is simple: They're more afraid to fight and stand for principles than the French.

Goodnight, Obey. You won't be missed. But we'll happily take your seat to undo your disastrous policies.

Posted by: etpietro | May 5, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Yup.. Obey will be retiring along with oh say 150 House members Democrat and Republican both who have burdened America with:

- underfunded programs like Social Security and Medicare
- under the table programs like the new government-controlled student loans program
- unsustainable and unpopular programs - think healthcare

Please enjoy your taxpayer-funded retirement.

Posted by: pvilso24 | May 5, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Goodbye to another "progressive" who knows he would lose in November.

Posted by: dmedman50 | May 5, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Obey could not be both someone "who knew his stuff" and "a commited progressive".

Frankly, they don't know anything.

Posted by: muawiyah | May 5, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Typical of Dionne that he idolizes Obey who doesn't share any positives about serving in gov't but instead needs to bash the opponent he couldn't beat and include Bush in the bashing:
"..... if anybody thinks I can't win an election against a clone of George Bush, they've got to be smoking something that's illegal," he said."
Classy guy. You can sure pick 'em Dionne.
Someone who is still playing the blame game.

Posted by: pjcafe | May 5, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Sure, Obey will be missed. He is a rabid left-wing nut who has a bad temper and abused people around him because he was drunk with the power of being a Congressman. Well, we will absolutely NOT miss him. Be gone. And take fellow left-winger Dionne with you.

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


No, he will not be missed. Obey was no more than a Union Paid Off Socialist Hack who's time in Congress has done damage to this Nation.

Posted by: AbuseOfPower | May 5, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like an old coot who was on his way out anyway.

Posted by: postfan1 | May 5, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

It's possible to honor his service but still acknowledge that his deeply un-American ideology has been extremely damaging to this country.

Old-fashioned is right. Of all the double-talk in the political realm, "progressive" is the worst, because "progressive" has become a synonym for retrograde.

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

He wouldn't retire because of the arrogance of President Bush?!? And then he says no one will win his seat?? This guy is a joke, always has been. Its the arrogance of Obama that he must have become sick of, and thankfully, the Tea Party will take his place.

Posted by: listentothemonkeys | May 5, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

how was bush any more arrogant than barack obama? democrats are so comfortable being hypocritical and that alone makes them unfit to shape our politics.

Posted by: dummypants | May 5, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Look for Obey to surface with a high priced position within a Socialist Union Org.

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

Its starting even earlier than anyone thought. The health care bill is already getting more expensive than anyone thought (or more than they were willing to admit):

"On Friday, the Congressional Budget Office said that just freezing current Medicare payment rates to doctors would likely cost nearly $276 billion through 2020, a 33 percent increase from legislation that would “accomplish that goal introduced late last year by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., estimated to cost $207 billion at the time” according to CongressDaily."

33% overun in costs sounds about right for a sprawling government welfare program. Passing this bill puts the lie to the idea that McCain was a reckless gambler and Obama was cautious and reponsible.

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

One of the great political figures of the recent past. A clear indication of how effective he has been is the anger he stimulates from the right wing feral pigs. He fought the right through out his career, and the wreckage left by the last Republican administration and the incompetence and lack of integrity of the current Republican leadership shows how right he was. He will be missed by everyone who cares about intelligence, ability and integrity in politics.

Posted by: twm1 | May 5, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow, after 48 years, this corrupt craven pol admits he ain't indispensable after all. Maybe Dionne should look forward to new blood, although I'm sure that will increase his workload. You know actually having to go after stories instead of just phoning them in.

Posted by: bandmom22 | May 5, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Said allenridge

"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."

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Do Republicans not read the news? There are more GOP senators retiring this year than Dem senators (6 to 5) and more GOP Representatives than Dem Reps (20 to 17).

Do they not realize this is the year of their windfall? But of course its the Democrats who are scared.


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

Well, if you say he'll be missed, then that means to most Americans that he won't be missed!

Posted by: georges2 | May 5, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Obey is typical of the antiAmerican democrat party...and another rat is off of Obama's sinking ship!


Remember....

November, 2010 is "Dump-all-democrats" month!

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


Competition is the next best thing to term limits.

Bye, bye Obey.

Good riddance.

Posted by: DagnyT | May 5, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Great politician? Those two words never go together.

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

What's with all the moron's who double post. Do it once and WAIT!

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

I guess the arrogance of Obama must have driven him over the edge....... 150 million American citizens can't be all wrong.

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

Good riddance.
Stayed on far, far too long.

Posted by: websterr1 | May 5, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Obey Tells Post, " I was just worn out " What the Hell happened to , " I need to spend more time with my family " Or the best yet . One by the biggest crook to ever hit Washington, Cris ( the artful Dodger ) Dodd. I have Prostate Cancer ". Yeah and Mickey was a Mouse . He looks awfully good for a guy with that ailment. I had a brother-in-law , 6 ft. 4 and 215 lbs who contracted Prostate Cancer. Within 1 year he was down to 140lbs and dead 3 weeks later. Using this for sympathy when his ratings dropped and before he realized he wouldn't make it next year, would never be out of the question for this snake. Soon he'll be over in Ireland spending the ill-gotten gains he extorted for Fannie/Freddie . It takes a miracle to be extradited from Ireland and slippery knows it.

Posted by: puck-101 | May 5, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

So...is he retiring now because of the arrogance of Obama? Or because he knows that because of Obama, he's going to lose anyway?

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

Great man. We were lucky to have someone so dedicated to public service as he was.

Posted by: janouzpoha | May 5, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

He's 71 years old. Why can't he retire without name calling and making him seem like the worst America has to offer in public service instead of the best. I agree he will be missed. Whoever replaces him will know nothing in comparison. Good luck Wisconsin.

Posted by: interactingdc | May 5, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

As an Wisconsin resident (ex-Washingtonian), I can say he most certainly won't be missed by his constituents. He's exactly what's wrong with Washington. He's an entrenched professional politician who would be a good poster child for term limits. He's completely lost touch with constituents in Wisconsin. He actually has a real challenge this time, so he's taking the easy way out and quitting. Surprise, surprise. Good riddance.

Posted by: spete1972 | May 5, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

An ignorant bushing clown writes below:
"OBEY IS A COMMIE LOVER AND GOOD RIDDANCE!!"
You don't reason with ranting people like this. You just give them wide berth and watch their hands.

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | May 5, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

HATERS ON PARADE (FUTURE OF THE GOP?):

'THIS GUY IS THE TYPE THAT'S KILLING AMERICA.'

Posted by: DANSHANTEAL1 | May 5, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse


'OBEY IS A COMMIE LOVER AND GOOD RIDDANCE!!'

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | May 5, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

All I can say to this Congressman is "don't let the screen door hit you in the #$% on the way out."

Posted by: RealTexan1 | May 5, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Hey Dion,
Weren't you with a popular singing group back in the late fifties and early sixties called Dion and the Belmonts?
In any event, President Bush was never arrogant. He had principles which he stood by. There is a difference.
It is Obama who is arrogant and does not have any principles. Unless you count destroying America as a principle.
Can you get that straight please?

Posted by: nychap44 | May 5, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Forty one years selflessly serving his nation and representing the interests of his constituents. Right!

On the bright side, better late than never.

Posted by: knuckle_dragger | May 5, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

The arrogance of Bush. What a laugh. Barack "Go For It" Obama not arrogant?

Screw you Obey.

Posted by: hz9604 | May 5, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see that the mention of Obey's name gets such a heated respone from the reactionary crowd that's lapsed into such quaint antique ways as thinking "Commie" is a stinging epithet. These Nixon/McCarthy era wannabes must be very scared of Obey and feel very threatened by his effectiveness in promoting the interests of real Americans.

Posted by: alloleo | May 5, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Dave Obey will be missed in the struggle that is to come. The Socialist Revolution that is to come. Look out all of you conservative wing-nuts who are in actuality the people killing America! When we come we will take your guns and cut off your cable so that you can't get any more kool-aid from Glenn Beck.

Posted by: witchofwestghent | May 5, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

30 years of bigger and bigger government, bigger and bigger debt, less and less freedom - and Obey is proud of this record? pathetic. Don't let the door hit you in the xxx as you leave.

Posted by: delusional1 | May 5, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

I have to wonder if being a congressman in a safe district is the best he could have done. What a loser. More than 3 terms in the house and 2 in the senate, and you are a loser.

Posted by: sgilligan1 | May 5, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

This is just wonderful, wonderful news! It is great to learn this obscene, foul mouthed and extremely vile creature will at last toddle off into the sunset. Truly a miserable example of the human race. Place smells better already.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | May 5, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance Obey. Only the moonbats will miss you.

Posted by: mpg515 | May 5, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Yet another article about a politician that is a strong argument for term limits. And the retirement rules for members of Congress needs to be changed too. Full salary for the rest of their lives? Free Health plans? Who else in America gets such a deal? Unbelievable that we pay these people this amount of money to do the damage that they do.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | May 5, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

The arrogance of Bush was only exceeded by the arrogance of alpha hotels like this worthless politician.

Posted by: GordonShumway | May 5, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

mrdorkbutt ~ aptly named ~ anyway, the fine gentleman noted that this was the most number of figures to simply not bother running again FOR A PARTY IN POWER.

Republicans, lest you didn't get the talking points, ARE NOT IN POWER.

More importantly, who will get Obey's office ~ (after a Republican victory of course).

Posted by: muawiyah | May 5, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

I for one am quite happy to see this ardent leftist quit. The rats are abandoning the sinking ship of the left in the United States.

Posted by: madmike272 | May 5, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Another radical left POS bites the dust. Good! How come EJ and all the others lefty writers penning love letters to this dog don't talk about how Obambi, Nancy and Harry walked another lib over the electoral cliff?? Remember how they said everyone would love them and the healthcare bill after they passed it and we had a chance to find out what is in it? Yeah, me to. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Posted by: gorams1 | May 5, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Another radical left POS bites the dust. Good! How come EJ and all the others lefty writers penning love letters to this dog don't talk about how Obambi, Nancy and Harry walked another lib over the electoral cliff?? Remember how they said everyone would love them and the healthcare bill after they passed it and we had a chance to find out what is in it? Yeah, me to. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Posted by: gorams1 | May 5, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Four decades in office. That is arrogance. I wish an audit could be made of Mr. Obey's term in office. How much tax money did he spend in pork barrel projects? How much defecit spending did he vote for? I see though that he knows when to get off a sinking ship. Seems he can't stand the possibility of losing his chairmanship when the Democrats lose the House in November. That is arrogant also.

Posted by: bobbo2 | May 5, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Another leftist retires before being voted out of office.

Not unlike Patches Kennedy.

Posted by: screwjob11 | May 5, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

E. J. Dionne, WaPost: "I don't think they make politicians like Dave Obey anymore, but I hope that some young politician out there looks to him and decides there is now an enormous vacuum to be filled."
The vacuum has needed filling for 15 years, because it is a vacuum created by opposing ideologies that serve only special interests of the left or the right. Representative Obey is one of many who come to Washington to carry what might be 'constituent' programs such as health care. That is a Member's legitimate purpose so far as the constitution is concerned. The vacuum comes into existence because over half of the health care legislation was written by unelecteds circling around the Capitol like so many crows preparing to feed on a carcass and is opposed by another flock of crows preparing to do the same. What should have been a program that could enhance the General Welfare and Justice covenants of the Constitution is subverted by the addition of cost feeders that many Members of Congress are only now beginning to realize make the new health care so expensive. Because it hasn't mattered whether one flock of crows or the other is creating the rationality vacuum in Congress so far, there is no reason to believe that either political 'party' is capable of actually filling a rationality emptiness.

It would take a hundred 'caretakers' in Congress (25% of it) who could pass a litmus test of adhering to a balance of all six of the constitution's covenants to fill this vacuum. Electing 'caretakers' from either party doesn't mean that they are Tea Party or Independents; it means that those with 'caretaker' mentalities will not support the agenda of either flock of crows to the point that Liberty (rational taxation) and Posterity (giving the next generation a break) are sacrificed for 'Tranquility' appropriations (not just earmarks, but billion dollar markups to nowhere). The Caretakers disavow any legislation that is not ruthlessly tied to either Common Defense or General Welfare in order to not spend anything unless absolutely necessary. Both 'parties' have been betting that the American economy will turn around and add a trillion dollars a year in new revenue to cover the deficits they have combined to create. That is fantasy for the next ten years at least. Only six years of a caretaker mentality filling the Congressional vacuum has any hope of preventing the continuance of the 15 year meaninglessness of unelected politics.

Posted by: arjay1 | May 5, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

He really will be missed?? LMAO Dionne and the 22 stupid lib posters that haunt WAPO? Who in their right mind would miss this doddering old FOOL? He is just a run of the mill neo-commie hack. Hell I bet the only ones who wish he would stay in Washington is his family.

Posted by: Straightline | May 5, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Disappointed by the comments of the Washington Post readers.The ignorance and imbecility of the Rush ,and Beck,ditto heads is stunning!! The rise of Neo Nazism in America,is due to the repeal of the "Fairness Doctrine" The constant right wing propaganda and outright lies of the Neo Nazis are spewed to our citizens by a duplicitous and corrupt corporate media!

Posted by: Venizelos1 | May 5, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

And another one bites the dust....

I almost feel bad for EJ., he's paid to hold the line as best he can but poor dear, he's backing the losing horse

Posted by: luca_20009 | May 5, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Another Dionne infomercial. "Liberals good, Bush bad". Obey is bailing out, just like many other Democrats are doing this year, after the Healthcare fiasco, they passed, after not a single one of them ever, ever mentioning a healthcare bill for 15 long years.

Posted by: kesac | May 5, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

He will NOT be missed...this guy suffers from delusions of grandeur...he THINKS he's important when he is only a very small person. Eat cheese back in Wisconsin...bet you can do that with success....you flunked Congress test.

Posted by: powerange | May 5, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see the same whakjob Republitahrds out in full force. Keep it up 'tards; keep reminding us why the GOP shouldn't be in ANY position of power.

No more Republicans...EVER!

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | May 5, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see the same whackjob Republitahrds out in full force. Keep it up 'tards; keep reminding us why the GOP shouldn't be in ANY position of power.

No more Republicans...EVER!

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | May 5, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Obey won't be missed out here in the libertarian West. Hopefully, his district has learnt its lesson and will elect a sane Republican, or at least a Blue Dog, to his seat.

Posted by: daskinner
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Which of your Senators/Congressmen are Libertarians?

Posted by: st50taw | May 5, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Another Dionne infomercial. "Liberals good, Bush bad". Obey is bailing out, just like many other Democrats are doing this year, after the Healthcare fiasco, they passed, after not a single one of them ever, ever mentioning a healthcare bill for 15 long years.

Posted by: kesac
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You've been living under a rock.

Posted by: st50taw | May 5, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

One could only wish that other Democrats would follow in the footsteps of Obey. Get their liberal A##es out of Congress.

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Posted by: eertyetrirytuetiuyt | May 5, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Obey knew that he was going to get his A** kicked this fall....

Posted by: charko825 | May 5, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

How comforting to know Obey can relax and retire, since there's no arrogance in the White House anymore.

Posted by: SavingGrace | May 5, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Let's see if he moves back to Wisconsin full-time..

Posted by: dritei | May 5, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Its disappointing to see the crude, brutish, incivility on display in these posts but perhaps that really is the true nature of the 'conservative' movement today.

I've known, worked with, and often disagreed with Obey. And despite the rancid mutterings posted here by the ignorant, anyone who has known and worked with him -- Republicans or Democrats -- will acknowledge that he is honest, direct, and hard-working. A true public servant focused on governing in the best interests of regular people, whether you agree with his solutions or not.

Posted by: FidlerGreen | May 5, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

OBEY IS A COMMIE LOVER AND GOOD RIDDANCE!!

Posted by: jcmale14 | May 5, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse
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Thank you, Sen. McCarthy. Do you have any secret lists of other Commie lovers in the US Government?

Posted by: mhs101255 | May 5, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Too bad Dave Obey had to run on Obama's midterm report card, straight F,F,F,F,F,F,Fs!


10 million jobless on 9.7% jobless rate despite 700 billion "stimulus plan", [stimulate what?] the key contributor to the 1.4 Trillion federal budget deficit for his children, grandchildren, grand grandchildren to pay, $3 Gasoline and going up, Bomb threats in the air and on the ground, from Fort Hood, Detroit to New York, U.S. border leaks like a sieve, a passport free travel zone, thousands criminals freely come and freely go, no respect to the law of the U.S., Oil spill comes to the coasts from Florida to Louisiana, Taxes are going up and up and no end in sight, country is divided in six directions: the poor against the rich, black from whites, illegal immigrants versus the rest, government versus private enterprises, health insured versus health uninsured, Democrats versus Republicans! City of Chicago is asked to call out National Guards to quell killings every day and night in Obama’s abandoned community abandoned by Obama!

This is Obama's midterm report card. Should the voters in every state give him a "pass" in November so he could have more helpers to flush the U.S. down the drain?

Posted by: read5 | May 5, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Too bad Dave Obey had to run on Obama's midterm report card, straight F,F,F,F,F,F,Fs!


10 million jobless on 9.7% jobless rate despite 700 billion "stimulus plan", [stimulate what?] the key contributor to the 1.4 Trillion federal budget deficit for his children, grandchildren, grand grandchildren to pay, $3 Gasoline and going up, Bomb threats in the air and on the ground, from Fort Hood, Detroit to New York, U.S. border leaks like a sieve, a passport free travel zone, thousands criminals freely come and freely go, no respect to the law of the U.S., Oil spill comes to the coasts from Florida to Louisiana, Taxes are going up and up and no end in sight, country is divided in six directions: the poor against the rich, black from whites, illegal immigrants versus the rest, government versus private enterprises, health insured versus health uninsured, Democrats versus Republicans! City of Chicago is asked to call out National Guards to quell killings every day and night in Obama’s abandoned community abandoned by Obama!

This is Obama's midterm report card. Should the voters in every state give him a "pass" in November so he could have more helpers to flush the U.S. down the drain?

Posted by: read5 | May 5, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

"A true public servant focused on governing in the best interests of regular people, whether you agree with his solutions or not."

You've got to be kidding. Because of liberals like him, he is leaving the country in much worse shape than when he came in. Bigger debts, higher taxes, less freedom, porous borders, ..... "in the best interests of regular people" my a$$.

Posted by: delusional1 | May 5, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

GOOD BYE OBAMA A$$$ Kisser & Leftie Piece Of Sh#t.

Posted by: djmcfly | May 5, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, the only ones with the snide remarks are the young whippersnappers who don't know enough yet about politics to even comment and his opponents who lost to his determination! It's actually a badge of honor to have SOOO many from the "Party of NO and HATE" trying to cut down his honor! As a Wisconsinite who has lived in Obey's district, the rest of us know he will be sorely missed. They don't make 'em like that any more! I felt the same way when Proxmire left! They were in it for so much more than the money, and that doesn't happen often these days.

Posted by: Maerzie | May 5, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

E.J. THE FOOL FORGOT


BUSH'S FAULT. FOR 1,000 YEARS.

Hey, I was a lot more "civil" than B.H. "Tea Bagger" Obama.

Posted by: russpoter | May 5, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

E.J. THE FOOL FORGOT


BUSH'S FAULT. FOR 1,000 YEARS.

Hey, I was a lot more "civil" than B.H. "Tea Bagger" Obama.

NOV. 2 -- P.O. E.J., VOTE NON-STEALoCRAT.

Posted by: russpoter | May 5, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

I would be more inclined to read some of the critical comments if more of the commenters troubled themselves to learn to write coherently. It is hard to take seriously the political critique of people who don't know the order subject and verb, who haven't the faintest sense of how to conjugate a verb,, who don't know the difference between "there" and "their", and so forth. It is possible that all of you are sharp thinkers. If so, I suggest you take the time to learn how to express yourselves cogently. Instead, it's a rain of comments from Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel.

Posted by: ScienceTim | May 5, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

"express yourselves cogently".......Definely An Obama A$$$$ Kisser.

Posted by: djmcfly | May 5, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

"Holzee wrote: He certainly won't be missed here in Wisconsin!
Typical though, the first time he faces a real struggle he runs away."
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Your comment is a great compliment for Obey, coming from an obvious Republican, the ONLY constituents who felt that way! Your ignorance of politics AND Dave Obey is showing if you REALLY think THIS is the first time he has faced a struggle. A good politician continually faces struggle. You can HAVE the wishy-washy marshmallows who cave in for the dollar!

Posted by: Maerzie | May 5, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

E.J. Dionne.....Another Wash Post Fairy.

Posted by: djmcfly | May 5, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for your service Rep. Obey.

These conservative windbags are pathetic--I can almost see the steam coming out of their ears!

Posted by: Killoranz | May 5, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Look at all the retarded racists.

I liked it better when Bush was in power, because the retards and racists were really, REALLY quiet.

Now that Bush is gone and forgotten, they crawl out from under their rocks and they're every damn where like cockroaches.

Posted by: ottoparts | May 5, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

I can't speak for all people from the northwestern corner of Wisconsin and unlike some people, I won't claim too. My personal experience with Rep. Obey was one of the most positive I have ever had with any politician. When I called with concerns he is the only person who took the time to personally call me back. When I asked him to come speak at several events in Superior, WI he gladly found the time to do so and was flexible and generous in his scheduling. I for one am sad to see Obey go, regardless of what you think of his politics, it can never be said that Rep. Obey was just another politician. Agree, or disagree with him, he fought tirelessly for what he believed was the right thing to do for the people of Wisconsin and even took the rare step of actually thinking about what was best for the country as a whole, not just his constituents. I will personally miss him.

Posted by: faithfullygay | May 5, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

November 2010 is "Stop the Republican Retards from Taking America Back to the Days of George W. Bush Month!"

Posted by: ottoparts | May 5, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

OBEY IS A COMMIE LOVER AND GOOD RIDDANCE!!

Posted by: jcmale14 | May 5, 2010 1:59 -----------------------------------------

Thank you, Sen. McCarthy. Do you have any secret lists of other Commie lovers in the US Government?

Posted by: mhs101255 | May 5, 2010

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It's more than a little interesting that Obey has said had been a Republican but switched to the Democrats in the 1950s when a favorite teacher of his was falsely accused of being a communist by Joe McCarthy.
Old Joe thus actually did make a positive contribution to the future of the US.

Posted by: twm1 | May 6, 2010 4:33 AM | Report abuse

I'm amazed.
The comment, "And he was just such a refreshing break from the sort of politician who polls and focus-groups everything he says or does."
Isn't that his job?
"Of the people, by the people....."
Why vote? Why think? Don't have to anymore!
We have them to do it for us!
And look at the fine job the're doing!

Posted by: RonfromMass | May 6, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

I'm amazed.
The comment, "And he was just such a refreshing break from the sort of politician who polls and focus-groups everything he says or does."
Isn't that his job?
"Of the people, by the people....."
Why vote? Why think? Don't have to anymore!
We have them to do it for us!
And look at the fine job the're doing!

Posted by: RonfromMass | May 6, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

This stream of retiring Dems shows that they know what they have done to America is morally wrong, and they are getting out before they are kicked out. Main Street is worn down but not dead and we will vote in November and 2012. Once again it will be patriotic to work hard, pay taxes, uphold the rule of law, and be rewarded for a hard day's work instead of a handout.

Posted by: samwoods77 | May 6, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I'll never forget watching him wield the gavel as the House wound through the final hours before passing health reform. Tough as leather, hard as steel, smart as all get out. A (fierce) joy to behold.

Yes, he will be missed. And no, I don't think his decision to step down is entirely unrelated to the current political climate or the prospect of a tough race--good politicians almost never do anything for only one reason, and Obey is a good politician. But I understand why he chose now, and respect that choice.

Posted by: gbrunet | May 11, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

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