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Choose your own House race: The health care edition

It's time again for Fixistas to weigh in on the next House race that deserves the full Fix treatment.

(You can read our first entry -- on Arizona's 8th district -- here.)

With the House health care bill dominating the news today -- and for the foreseeable future -- we thought it made sense to offer up five races that will be heavily affected (for good or for bad remains to be seen) by Sunday's vote.

Make sure to vote in the poll below but, before you do, check out these brief summaries of the races that you have to pick from:

* Colorado's 4th: Rep. Betsy Markey (D), elected in 2008, was one of eight Democrats to switch from a "no" on the bill in November to a "yes" on Sunday night. Republicans have a primary although state Rep. Cory Gardner, the establishment favorite, appears to be coalescing support.

* Ohio's 16th: Like Markey, freshman Rep. John Boccieri (D) changed from a "no" to a "yes" on health care. A resident of his district, which runs south and west from Akron and includes Canton, became the face of the need to reform health care; Natoma Canfield, whose fight with leukemia -- and the insurance companies -- was frequently cited by President Obama in the closing weeks of the campaign, lives in Medina, Ohio.

* Ohio's 18th: Rep. Zack Space, after initially supporting the House health care bill in November, was one of five Democrats to switch to a "no" on final passage. He explained the reversal as a result of the tax burden being shifted from the wealthy to the middle class but, regardless, Space will have to deal with the "he voted for it before he vote against it" charge from Republicans -- not to mention a very unhappy Democratic base.

*Pennsylvania's 4th: Rep. Jason Altmire (D) emerged as the Hamlet of health care during the many months in which the House debated the bill. After publicly agonizing over the bill last fall, he voted against it and repeated that decision last weekend. Organized labor is up in arms and one of their own is contemplating a write-in primary challenge.

* Virginia's 5th: Freshmen Rep. Tom Perriello (D), despite the swing nature of his Southside seat, was for the health care vote in November and again on Sunday night. As a result of those votes, Republicans have made him a major target but their preferred nominee -- state Sen. Robert Hurt -- must negotiate a Tea Party-packed primary.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 22, 2010; 4:29 PM ET
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The Fix is going to have a person working the campaign. I defended Betsy's vote no but encouraged her to vote for it this time, so much so that I quadrupled my contribution to her campaign as a result of that vote. I will also be spending two weeks instead of one week this fall in the district working it. I am going to encourage Betsy to run at the healthcare bill not away from it. Get people from the district who have benefited from the bill to make ads. Challenge the opponents to put someone on TV who has paid more taxes. This is a great district to watch. It has the liberal college down of Fort Collins, some suburban Denver and the conservative farm lands. This is includes the entire eastern side of Colorado from Oklahoma to Wyoming and the entire Kansas border. This is land that Michnener wrote about in epic novel Centennial. This is a district that will have a lot to say about how this new century in poltics is going to play out.

Posted by: bradcpa | March 23, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Street Corner wrote:

"Obama's entire policy of trying the Gitmo terrorists in civilian courts is coming crashing down ..."

The detainee in question was in the military tribunal system. The JAG prosecutor would not use the evidence obtained from him under torture. He could not be convicted by a military tribunal. He was thus being held [forever] with no prospect of a trial of any kind. He was from Mauritania and will probably have to be returned there. This has no relation to trying terrorists in federal court. This is the inevitable result of using torture to obtain evidence in any judicial proceeding. While it might be used to obtain actionable intelligence it cannot ever obtain evidence.
As the top Marine JAG officer testified during the GWB years, he would himself use torture if he thought it would save lives in an emergency scenario, but he would expect to stand court martial for his conduct and hope for leniency if he saved lives. And he could not use the intelligence he obtained as "evidence" in a proceeding against the detained because coerced testimony is not judicial evidence.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | March 23, 2010 7:38 AM | Report abuse

OK IT'S STARTING OBAMA'S LIES ARE STARTING TO CATCH UP WITH HIM.


Mohamedou Ould Slahi was ordered RELEASED BY A FEDERAL JUDGE TODAY - in part because of the evidence available did not fit the Courts' "rules of evidence."


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Obama's entire policy of trying the Gitmo terrorists in civilian courts is coming crashing down - the NATIONAL SECURITY DEMANDS SIMPLY DO NOT MEET THE RULES OF EVIDENCE.


Obama has been RELEASING terrorists from Gitmo, instead of losing motions in Court.


Obama keeps on saying that he knows better - backing up his reasoning with a bunch of lies to justify the valid points made against his policies.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 22, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

37 is on a meth-induced rag that will probably last all night.

"Whenever the heat is on Obama, it appears he manufactures a racial incident.

I'm just saying..........."

CNN has the racial epithets on tape, you moron. You really are a burnout.

Posted by: drindl | March 22, 2010 6:58 PM
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As to his possible health issues, let's hope the fake 37 has...health insurance. :)

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 22, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

@d: The recent tea bag meltdown/hate fest. The idiotic GOP rants about "repealing" the bill. These are aces being handed to BHO and the Dems--let's see if they play their hand correctly.

I thought BHO/Pelosi would capitalize on Bunning's mean "Tough sh-t" response to those asking him to stop blocking the extension of unemployment benefits. (That should have been material for a dozen Dem ads but they didn't take advantage.)

We'll see if they get it right this time.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 22, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

d, I do think the teabaggers' recent hate rallies where they spit on, and hurled racial slurs at, black lawmakers and called Pelosi and Barney Frank ugly names will be the Waterloo for the extremist "base" of the GOP.

Many who commented on Dana Milbank's Post article today on the baggers were glad that no longer can the tea baggers claim their motivation isn't racism and intolerance. The video shows they are just a bunch of bigoted thugs just as we always knew.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 22, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama does not have RESPECT FOR THE CONSTITUTION -


the reasoning is that many of the country's founders were slaveholders


- the Constitution allowed the slave trade to continue for 20 years


- The Constitution had the three-fifths compromise


For these reasons, Obama has little respect for the Constitution and its freedoms and rights.


I have been saying this for YEARS - and now Obama has put forth a health care bill which is probably UNCONSTITUTIONAL ON MORE THAN ONE COUNT.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 22, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe, broadwayjoe, broadwayjoe

I guess you never heard of Scott Brown or Chris Christie

I have to say, all you do is come on this this blog and spread your lies.

Can you at least tell the truth ?? Or are you completely delusional ??

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 22, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

CNN has nothing on tape.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 22, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

The idea that Dems who voted for the bill will suffer at the polls is bogus.

David Frum, Bush's former speechwriter, blew that false narrative out of the water the other day. In a quote that got major media play, he said the GOP's emotional irrational opposition to the HCR will be their "Waterloo." Frum also poked fun at the idea the GOP could make "repeal the bill" a rallying cry. Great stuff:

"Some Republicans talk of repealing the whole bill. That’s not very realistic. Even supposing that Republicans miraculously capture both houses of Congress in November, repeal will require a presidential signature.

More relevantly: Do Republicans write a one-sentence bill declaring that the whole thing is repealed? Will they vote to reopen the “doughnut” hole for prescription drugs for seniors? To allow health insurers to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions? To kick millions of people off Medicaid?

It’s unimaginable, impossible.""

http://blogs.ajc.com/political-insider-jim-galloway/2010/03/22/a-contrarian-conservative-says-health-care-repeal-will-go-nowhere/

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 22, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

37 is on a meth-induced rag that will probably last all night.

"Whenever the heat is on Obama, it appears he manufactures a racial incident.

I'm just saying..........."

CNN has the racial epithets on tape, you moron. You really are a burnout.

Posted by: drindl | March 22, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse


Can Pres. Obama bring up approval for the Health Care Reform bill after it is signed into law Tuesday? Vote

http://www.youpolls.com/default.asp

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Posted by: usadblake | March 22, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

OK IT'S STARTING OBAMA'S LIES ARE STARTING TO CATCH UP WITH HIM.


Mohamedou Ould Slahi was ordered RELEASED BY A FEDERAL JUDGE TODAY - in part because of the evidence available did not fit the Courts' "rules of evidence."


_________________________________


Obama's entire policy of trying the Gitmo terrorists in civilian courts is coming crashing down - the NATIONAL SECURITY DEMANDS SIMPLY DO NOT MEET THE RULES OF EVIDENCE.


Obama has been RELEASING terrorists from Gitmo, instead of losing motions in Court.


Obama keeps on saying that he knows better - backing up his reasoning with a bunch of lies to justify the valid points made against his policies.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 22, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Never in American History has a President and Congress attempted to govern WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED - they know perfectly well that the American People are against their policies.

This situation has been arrived at in part by the LIES of Obama in 2008 - a deception of what Obama intended his policies were going to be.


At this point, the American People do NOT have a government which AGREES WITH THEM - AND THE GOVERNMENT INSISTS ON PRESSING POLICIES ON THE PEOPLE WHICH THEY DO NOT WANT.


Think about it.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 22, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Bondosan


Are you having fantasies of violence against the opposing party ?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 22, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

I think OH-18 is interesting since so few Dems made the switch from yes to no. It would be interesting to see how that plays out.

VA-5 has the intrigue of the return of Virgil Goode as an independent. Any news on that front?

Posted by: DDAWD | March 22, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Do we have any first-hand accounts from reporters of the supposed name-calling on Capitol Hill yesterday ????

With all the media there yesterday, I didn't hear one reporter say they actually heard a name-calling.

Whenever the heat is on Obama, it appears he manufactures a racial incident.

I'm just saying...........


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 22, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

"As a result of those votes, Republicans have made him a major target but their preferred nominee -- state Sen. Robert Hurt -- must negotiate a Tea Party-packed primary."

hahhaha --I love this sh*t.

yeah, bondo the sentiment is right but kinda icky.

Posted by: drindl | March 22, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Geez Bondo, that vid might have been TOO weird for Monday. Friday, OK. Monday?

Still, I suppose it's nice to get away from gentle-giant Lincoln and get back to chest-spli... er... rail-splitter Lincoln.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | March 22, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

If Abraham Lincoln were alive today, he'd chop off Mitch McConnell's and John Boehner's heads and crap down their throats.

In fact, here's a video of honest Abe in action:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X58RPS665V0

Posted by: Bondosan
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Posted by: leapin | March 22, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

If Abraham Lincoln were alive today, he'd chop off Mitch McConnell's and John Boehner's heads and crap down their throats.

In fact, here's a video of honest Abe in action:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X58RPS665V0

Posted by: Bondosan | March 22, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I reside in Melissa Bean's district in the State of Illinois and after she voted for the Health Care bill I shall vote to oust her from the House of Representatives.

Posted by: mwhoke | March 22, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

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