Your Heath Shuler Update

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Newly elected Representative--and former NFL quarterback--Heath Shuler has gotten himself into the news. Only not the way he would likely have wanted.

First off, there is this little tidbit, which indicates that Shuler is not willing to give religious groups hiring and firing ability when it comes to their participation in Head Start. As Ramesh Ponnuru notes, even some liberals in the House Democratic Caucus believe that this proposal goes a bit too far to the Left. Why Shuler feels he needs to make this proposal is something of a mystery and how he thinks that he will continue to be considered a "conservative Democrat" after proposals like this one similarly boggles the mind.

Then there is Shuler's stance on the military appropriations bill. As this article points out, Shuler voted for the effort to build in a timetable to end the war irrespective of the status of the reconstruction effort.

Is all of this disappointing, given Shuler's stance as a "conservative" or a "Blue Dog" Democrat? Sure it is. Is it surprising, however? Perhaps, but only in the sense that one would have thought Shuler would seek to build some distance between himself and the rest of the Democratic Caucus, given the makeup of his district. 2006 was the exceptional year when conservative-resembling Democrats were able to take on and defeat Republican incumbents. But there is no guarantee, of course, that 2008 will turn out to be like that for the Democratic Party. Indeed, if Shuler continues to vote in a manner that makes him less than distinguishable from Nancy Pelosi, he may very well find himself on the short end of the stick when the next elections roll around.

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...than he was an NFL quarterback? Apparently so.

Still the same old problem he had in D.C. Million dollar arm and a two-bit head.

"We want great men who, when fortune frowns, will not be discouraged." - Colonel Henry Knox

Voters should never fall for the "Conservative Democrat" routine. Look at this way, if you had strongly held, conservative beliefs, why in the world would you run as a Democrat?

Wouldn't it make more sense to run as a Conservative Republican?

If someone calls themselves a Democrat, they've obviously made a decision about where the stand on most issues. It's not like it was 40 years ago when there was a blurring of ideology between the two parties.

I just hope someone can run against him and expose him for what he truly is.

Remember Democrat=Liberal.

"Back in the thirties we were told we must collectivize the nation because the people were so poor. Now we are told we must collectivize the nation because the people are so rich. "

William F. Buckley, Jr.

Being a conservative.... oh YES, to caucus with the crazy mother-in-law and Ted Kennedy ...woo hooo

As Jacob said above, WHY would any respectable conservative EVER want to be a Democrat!!???

Blue dogs my arse, more like LAP dogs to Ms. Nancy.

Conservative districts with ANY Democrat in office need to OPEN their eyes real fast.

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