I will adamantly vote against the interest of my district if I think what I'm doing is right for them
That is a stunning hubris and lack of touch with the constituency. Now, Massa was just recently on Fox News and proclaimed that he is against H.R. 3200. Massa is also for single payer. His ideology is not nearly as important as his attitude. We are in a representative democracy. Massa should not take a poll before voting. Yet, he simply believes he knows better than his constituents, and that is clear from his attitude.
In this video, Congressman Barney Frank shows a downright contempt for his constituents. He is condescending, rude, and arrogant towards them. He doesn't merely disagree with their perspective but rather he talks down to them.
Then, there is this New York Times story which claims that Democratic leadership is ready to end bi partisanship and push a bill through Congress alone.
Top Democrats said Tuesday that their go-it-alone view was being shaped by what they saw as Republicans’ purposely strident tone against health care legislation during this month’s Congressional recess, as well as remarks by leading Republicans that current proposals were flawed beyond repair.
Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, said the heated opposition was
evidence that Republicans had made a political calculation to draw a line against any health care changes, the latest in a string of major administration proposals that Republicans have opposed.
Try to put this into perspective. The town halls are the visible representation of the public's backlash against this bill. Yet, every poll points to the public's outrage over the bill. The House web site often goes down because so many people are emailing questions and concerns about health care. AARP lost 60,000 members since July 1 because of their perceived support for the bill. Every which way you analyze the situation the public is rejecting this plan in a total and complete way. Yet, the Democrats aren't merely determined to pass it but jam it through the legislature if they have to.
The good news is that all of this bluster actually makes passing a bill more difficult. There's no way the Democrats would ever be able to jam a bill through on their own. Moderates would revolt knowing that they would be voted out if they signed on to a liberal bill. By showing contempt for the voters, Democrats are putting themselves just a step above Antoinette. While they won't face a real guillotine, they will face a proverbial guillotine come the next election. Watch for participants in Frank's town hall to become media stars over the next few days. His contempt for his own voters will become a new branch in this story. I can only assume that he is in a very safe district however no politician can ever get away with such contempt.
More than that, having a party that shows contempt for the voters the way the Democrats have is politically suicidal. It isn't merely these three examples. Nancy Pelosi called the protesters "astro turfers". Harry Reid called them "evil mongers". The president has suggested they are part of the problem. Robert Gibbs suggested they are brainwashed by cable news. The administration and the Democrats are blaming their inability to find consensus on health care on the voters. They seem to forget that their jobs depend on the voters. Marie Antoinette never believed her life depended on the people. She found out the hard way how wrong she was. The Democrats will soon face their day of reckoning as well.