NRCC robocall hits WA-03

In a probable preview of interrupted dinners and kiddie bedtimes this year, the good folks at the NRCC have unleashed a last-ditch effort to stop health reform with that most hated of intrusive tactics, the robo-call, including down here in WA-03.

That’s the seat being vacated at the end of the term by Rep. Brian Baird, D-Wash. The major Democratic candidates running to replace Baird are former state legislator and TVW executive Denny Heck and sitting state Sen. Craig Pridemore, D-Vancouver.

Media Matters has a script of robo-calls going out nationally, but so far I haven’t been able to obtain a recording of one here in the district. I am told by the Pridemore campaign that they received a fair number of outraged calls yesterday from recipients of the robo-calls.

I’m not sure if the same script would work against candidates, but here it is in any case. If you click through you can read Media Matters’ typical and careful deconstruction of the baloney.

Hello, I’m calling from the National Republican Congressional Committee with a code red alert about an impending health care vote in Congress. Even though a majority of the country wants them to scrap it, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Obama are planning to ram their dangerous, out-of-control health care spending bill through Congress anyway.

What’s worse, Congressman XXXXXX might vote for it. XXXXXX votes with Nancy Pelosi XX% of the time and may follow her orders on this bill too. XXXXXX might vote for a bill that will kill jobs, raise the costs of health care, and increase taxes. XXXXXX should be focusing on creating jobs, yet he might be the deciding vote that causes this massive new spending bill to pass.

Please call XXXXXX now at 202-225-5311 before it is too late and tell him to vote no on Nancy Pelosi’s dangerous health care scheme. Visit to learn more. This call was paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. [Plum Line, 3/3/10]

When it comes to the positions of Baird and Heck in the WA-03 race, Brad Shannon at The Olympian notes that:

Baird voted against the House reform bill last year and has sounded equivocal this time around; Heck also has expressed misgivings about last year’s bill.

To which I would like to add this declaration from Pridemore, sent in an email to supporters yesterday evening:

Let me be clear: I believe that Democrats in Congress should pass the bill, include a public option, and clear the procedural hurdles (including using the reconciliation process.)

The time for debating parliamentary procedure is over. And the time for taking action on health care is now.

Shannon, the Olympian reporter, also notes that none of the Republicans have offered diddly squat (obviously I’m paraphrasing, he doesn’t write like that.)

So let’s see: there are four supposedly major candidates for Congress, two from each major party, and only one of them is championing the view of the majority of the voters in the district when it comes to health care. Yeah, that sounds like our broken politics, and it also shows how lucky we are to have Pridemore in the race.

Luckily as well, you can help. This is going to be a race watched closely at the national level, and while it may not have the sizzle of taking out a sitting corporate-Dem in Arkansas, this is also important. Please do what you can.


  1. 1

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Look at the sponsor of the Poll!!!

    By Columbian Politics

    February 26, 2010

    A new poll sponsored by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee shows the 3rd Congressional District may be more disposed to a single-payer plan as part of health care reform than anyone suspected.

    Voters were asked whether they favored or opposed the reform bill passed by the U.S. Senate in December — a bill that lacked a public option. Just 39 percent of 3rd District residents said they favored the Senate bill, while 54 percent opposed it and 7 percent were undecided.

    WTF Goldy–
    Sheer desperation.
    A Progressive Poll with zero track record or credibility????
    Bottom of the cesspool Goldy.
    Hey, while you are there, say hi to YLB for us.

  2. 2

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Here is the link to the pollsters Goldy wants us to believe–

    They upfront admit their political agenda…and come up with a poll to support it!
    Goldy, Goldy, Goldy—–
    Have you stopped thinking as a New Year’s resolution like the rest of the Atheist Progressives??
    It’s the only conceivable answer.

  3. 4

    Steve spews:

    @3 That likely stems from the fact that he doesn’t think.

    “Even though a majority of the country wants them to scrap it, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Obama are planning to ram their dangerous, out-of-control health care spending bill through Congress anyway.”

    Republicans are cunning in their demonization and their teabagging lackeys are delusional. Our company lucked out and only saw a 17% increase in premium costs this year. Of course we had to raise the deductible $500 to keep the increase so fucking low.

    Criminey, 41 years of disappointment in Dems and still counting. That said, they’re still a better lot than those disgusting Republicans.

  4. 5

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    3. Goldy spews:

    Cynical can’t read.

    The problem Goldy is I did read the link you cited as your evidence that the majority of Clark Co. voters support Health Care reform.

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    Ekim spews:

    1. Mr. Cynical spews:

    …A Progressive Poll with zero track record or credibility????

    So sayeth MrC, the psychotic sociopathic teabagger of the far extreme reich who has a long establish track record of lies, distortions and delusions of grandeur.

  6. 9

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Ummmm Ekim–
    Rassmussen has a fabulous track record.
    #1 of all polls last 2 election cycles.

    This Progressive Poll with an admitted agenda?
    A joke..just like you fool.

  7. 10

    rhp6033 spews:

    Do robocalls even work? It seems to me that they piss off more people than they rally. The only effective robocalls I’v heard of are the ones which purport to be from the opposition, a “false flag” operation (one of Karl Rove’s favorites among his bag of tricks).

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    Forget polling wa-03. Just do a google search “public option poll” and you will see that the majority of Americans are in favor of a public option according to numerous polls. There is no reason to believe wa-03 is very much different to the country as a whole.
    It is sickening that the Rs continually state the opposite. They are not entitled to their own facts. And the misleading results of this pollster, ( does not a fact make.

  9. 12

    lebowski spews:

    @6..oh looky, a Thom Hartmann follower…

    (rolls eyes)

    Hartmann is OK with everyone being poor…accept himself. Another radio talking head scam artist ala Beck, Madcow, Rush, and the truly nutty ed schultz…..

  10. 13

    peorgi spews:

    I was recieved a telephone poll on Thurs 3/4 from either the Seattle times or Dave Reichert (the same or the RNCC-still the same), and they were really, really trying to scare me into thinking if Reichert didn’t win, the world would end, and if healthcare reform was passed, the world would double end. God, I hate those republicans. Except for winning to be in control and make more money, why do they want to win so badly? Its so they can be in control and make more money. We can’t keep doing what we have always done. It doesn’t work. The Republicans are the reactionaries who want to stay the same. The other side, which is everyone else, wants to try something else to try to solve the problems of spiraling health care costs. Just like the reforms FDR pushed through in the 30’s, we democrats will fix business so it can survive and thrive in the future, while they complain about how much they pay in taxes on the obscene amount of money they still will make. The Republicans have no imagination or ability for strategic thinking. Managing change? Give the Dems an A+ grade.