In politics as in life, there’s no pleasing some folks. Take, for example, an e-missive blasted out this afternoon by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (the campaign arm of U.S. House Democrats), denouncing Colorado’s 6th Congressional District Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman over his vote on the latest pending GOP health-care plan.
The group’s email — no doubt one of many sent to the districts of House Republicans nationwide who voted for the plan to repeal and replace Obamacare — points to a new Congressional Budget Office analysis that finds among other things the GOP proposal would threaten the health coverage of some 23 million Americans. The email asserts, “Bad news for Coffman: CBO analysis confirms disastrous impact of House Republican repeal & ripoff bill.”
Except that Coffman was one of 20 Republicans in the House to vote against the measure. You’d think the DCCC would have sent him a thank-you card or at least blown him a Twitter kiss. Instead, they dis the guy — for voting their way.
It was Denver Fox 31-TV’s political ace Joe St. George who first brought it to our attention:
OK, so was it an innocent oversight by the DCCC in the rush to beam out a bevy of e-blasts to the districts of assorted Republican congressmen? Or, given the loose wording of the barb at Coffman, was it intended to hang the GOP health-care plan around his neck by vaguely implying his involvement — even though he had come out against it?
Dirty pool, you say? Well, it is politics, after all. And Coffman’s seat is coveted — and deemed winnable by either party. Yet, he has cheated the odds and bested the Democrats in election after election.
The stakes are high, and in the era of the perpetual campaign, it’s never too early to launch the first attack of the next election cycle.