If the voters in Louisville ever had any question as to where their congressman stood on domestic issues, Rep. John Yarmuth (D., Ky. 3rd.) erased all doubt last night: He’s firmly ensconced in the far-left wing of the Democratic Party. The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly—269 to 161—in favor of the compromise debt ceiling bill Monday evening, but House Democrats were evenly split—95 to 95—on both sides of the issue.
Rep. Yarmuth decided to reject the recommendations of his party’s leaders—President Obama, former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid—and vote against the compromise bill. In a terse statement released from his office late yesterday, he defended his “no” vote on the Budget Control Act:
“Tonight, I chose to stand up for what the American people have demanded. Throughout this politically-induced crisis, my constituents have been loud and clear: any plan to reduce our debt must protect Medicare and require millionaires, billionaires, and big oil companies to share in the sacrifice. This plan asks nothing of the wealthy few and will inevitably lead to cuts in Medicare, education, and the investments we need to create jobs and get our economy back on track.”
With is vote, Rep. Yarmuth joined 94 of his ultra-liberal Democrat colleagues, who would rather risk a national credit default than vote for any measure that did not raise taxes. He evidently agrees with Congressional Black Caucus chairman Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D., Mo.), who characterized the bipartisan deal to raise the debt ceiling as “a Satan sandwich, no doubt about it."
Joining in the insane chorus of disgruntled Democrats were Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Cal.) (“Oooh! Oooh!”), Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D., Ill.) (“A minority…has held up the president”), and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D., Md.) (“a total capitulation”).
Rep. Yarmuth is now officially a member of the socialist/progressive cabal in the House of Representatives that includes such luminaries as:
- John Conyers Jr. (D., Mi.)
- Barney Frank (D., Ma.)
- Alcee L. Hastings (D., Fl.)
- Dennis J. Kucinich (D., Oh.)
- John Lewis (D., Ga.)
- Jerrold Nadler (D., NY,)
- Charles B. Rangel (D., NY)
- Henry A. Waxman (D., Ca.)
Guilt by association? Or, birds of a feather? The answer to these questions will certainly be answered by the voters of Kentucky’s 3rd congressional district in the next election. Until that scheduled comeuppance, many Democrats will probably agree with Paul Krugman’s observation in yesterday’s New York Times: “Make no mistake about it, what we’re witnessing here is a catastrophe on multiple levels. It is, of course, a political catastrophe for Democrats…”
But other, more moderate, Democrats may take some consolation in the hopeful appraisal of Sen. Dick Durbin, the liberal lion from Illinois, who pronounced the debt deal "the final internment of John Maynard Keynes."
Would that it were true.