Fascinating piece on Larry Kissell in today’s Washington Post:


He was the darling of we here in Left Blogistan.  Sound familiar?

His vote on the House health care bill has resulted in:

…the euphoria has given way to second thoughts at best and outright rebellion at worst. Kissell is siding with Republicans on Obama’s top domestic priority, fixing the nation’s health insurance system, and his no vote has enraged fellow Democrats.

Insert “FISA” and a host of other core Democratic items and who does it remind you of?

The Post, as usual, screws up it’s characterization saying that Kissell is “vulnerable” despite the fact he won his district by 11 points.  That meme permeates Villager reporting.  Who slavishly adheres to Villager memes about so-called candidate vulnerability?

How about this voter:

“People want change, and when someone puts their foot in the door to kill the whole thing, that’s what has them riled up,” said Michael Lawson, an African American leader of the state Democratic Party and one of Kissell’s constituents. “It’s almost like ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,’ but Mr. Smith turned out to be somebody that wasn’t Mr. Smith.”

Claire McCaskill is certainly no Mr (or Mrs) Smith.

Here’s the money quote after Kissel justified his no vote based on a campaign promise to never cut Medicare spending:

What Kissell considers a principled stand over Medicare, some of his constituents view as a classic Washington betrayal. And his vote threatens to fray the coalition that propelled him to victory. Many Democrats here gave him money and knocked on doors for him because they saw in him a break with the partisanship of Robin Hayes, his Republican predecessor….

“They feel betrayed,” said June Mabry, the state Democratic Party’s 8th District chairman. “They’re not expecting him to be an absolute puppet, but this is a watershed vote for the Untied States.”

Hmmmm, sound familiar?

Or this:

“Why would he jump the Democratic ship and vote against his party’s signature, number-one issue when there’s a very compelling case for health-care reform in this district?” asked Nancy Shakir, head of the Cumberland County Progressives.

Why indeed, Madame Senator.  Take out the name Kissell and insert McCaskill and we’re talking about the exact same thing here in Missouri.  Okay, not as it pertains to health care, thank goodness Claire seems to have discovered her Democratic roots in that regard, but everything else?

Should Larry Kissell lose his bid for reelection next year, does anybody here thing the junior Senator from Missouri will understand the true implications of that?  Or will she think, like the Villagers will portray, that she wasn’t centrist enough?

Look to Larry Kissell’s experience Madame Senator and remember and maybe you’ll learn something.  Or not but hope springs eternal out here amongst Missouri’s rurl Democrats.