I blogged last week about two high profile Congress races where voters seemed to have been turned off by the fact that the Democratic incumbent had voted for the cap-and-trade bill. Both Rick Boucher and Tom Perriello seemed to have been directly hurt by their vote for Waxman-Markey.
Sure enough, both were voted out on Tuesday night. And here is a full list, courtesy of Politico, of the other defeated Dems who voted for cap-and-trade:
It seems like Rick Boucher is not the only one being forced to fight for his political life over the cap-and-trade bill. Tom Perriello, another Virginia Democrat, is also coming under fire for his support of the bill.
As the LA Times reports today, the bill is becoming a major flashpoint in large swaths of the US, especially the mid-Atlantic and Midwest.
The paper reports:
In much of the nation, “cap and trade” has become a dirty phrase this election season, and the political storm over global warming’s causes and solutions may determine several key races.
For the first time in nearly a decade, not one Republican running for the Senate supports proposals to limit carbon emissions and trade pollution rights. Most openly question the science of global warming or denounce it as a hoax.
But Perriello knew all along this could risk his career. As he told Politico last year:
There’s got to be something more important than getting reelected. If I lose my seat, and that’s the worst that happens, I could live with that.
With just a week to go until the US midterms, the narrative seems to have been set: the Republicans are going to do well because of anger at the Obama administration towards two things in particular: a lack of jobs and the healthcare bill.
But there may be another element at play which is feeding into this heady mix: the cap-and-trade bill.
Yesterday, the Journal published an interesting article about the way in which Democratic Congressman Rick Boucher’s support for the bill is losing him votes in his native Virginia. Apparently locals are angry that Boucher voted for a bill that they regard as anti-coal.