Fool Me Once…


A while back I wrote a piece, Three Years After the 2008 Panic, and recited how 31 of the 74 senators voting to pass the TARP bailout and 100 of the 263 representatives voting to pass the TARP bailout are gone. This bailout did not mean much a little over a month later in the November, 2008 election, but many people have gradually built up resentment toward politicians caving in to enormous pressure to bail out the powerful. Almost 3 years later, in August 2011, we had a ‘raising the debt limit and creating a super committee’ vote that may well have had the same effect as the TARP vote had in building up resentment toward politicians.

October 2008 Senate vote
October 2008 House vote
August 2011 Senate vote
August 2011 House vote

The title of this piece is part of a well-known adage. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Now in 2012, there are three GOP senate candidates who voted “Yes” on both bills, and are running for reelection. There are also three senators who voted yes on both bills – their seats are up for grabs in 2016. I call these senators the “Shame on me list.”

  • AR Boozman, John
  • IL Kirk, Mark
  • IN Lugar, Richard
  • ME Snowe, Olympia
  • MO Blunt, Roy
  • TN Corker, Bob

The 2010 elections brought 87 new House GOP members and 12 new Senate GOP members. This result angered the establishment Democrats in DC and frightened the establishment GOP. The establishment desperately had to bring these 99 into the fold, and have Washington change them instead of vice versa. The establishment has been very successful in persuading about 2/3rds of these 99 new members into getting on board with the establishment if they know what is good for them. These freshmen members get on the “Shame on you list.”

  • AZ-1 Gosar, Paul
  • AR-1 Crawford, Rick
  • AR-2 Griffin, Tim
  • AR-3 Womack, Steve
  • CA-19 Denham, Jeff
  • CO-4 Gardner, Cory
  • FL-5 Nugent, Richard
  • FL-8 Webster, Daniel
  • FL-22 West, Allen
  • FL-24 Adams, Sandy
  • FL-25 Rivera, David
  • GA-7 Woodall, Rob
  • IL-10 Dold, Bob
  • IL-11 Kinzinger, Adam
  • IL-17 Schilling, Robert
  • IN-8 Bucshon, Larry
  • IN-9 Young, Todd
  • KS-4 Pompeo, Mike
  • MI-1 Benishek, Dan
  • MI-2 Huizenga, Bill
  • MI-7 Walberg, Timothy
  • MS-1 Nunnelee, Alan
  • MS-4 Palazzo, Steven
  • MO-7 Long, Billy
  • NV-3 Heck, Joe
  • NH-1 Guinta, Frank
  • NH-2 Bass, Charles
  • NJ-3 Runyan, Jon
  • NY-13 Grimm, Michael
  • NY-19 Hayworth, Nan
  • NY-20 Gibson, Chris
  • NY-24 Hanna, Richard
  • NY-29 Reed, Tom
  • NC-2 Ellmers, Renee
  • ND Hoeven, John
  • ND-0 Berg, Rick
  • OH Portman, Robert
  • OH-1 Chabot, Steven
  • OH-6 Johnson, Bill
  • OH-15 Stivers, Steve
  • OH-16 Renacci, Jim
  • OH-18 Gibbs, Bob
  • OK-5 Lankford, James
  • PA-3 Kelly, Mike
  • PA-7 Meehan, Patrick
  • PA-8 Fitzpatrick, Michael
  • PA-10 Marino, Thomas
  • PA-11 Barletta, Lou
  • SD-0 Noem, Kristi
  • TN-6 Black, Diane
  • TN-8 Fincher, Stephen
  • TX-17 Flores, Bill
  • TX-23 Canseco, Francisco
  • TX-27 Farenthold, Blake
  • VA-2 Rigell, Scott
  • VA-5 Hurt, Robert
  • WA-3 Herrera Beutler, Jaime
  • WV-1 McKinley, David
  • WI-7 Duffy, Sean
  • WI-8 Ribble, Reid

Now the names I have listed are the names of people that many of us have given our money, our time, and our vote. We had pinned our hopes on them, and believed that these newly elected members were going to serve us the way we expected them to serve us. The shame is on them for failing to serve us well. This reminds me of a scene from Lonesome Dove where Gus displayed displeasure with how the bartender was serving him and Woodrow. I am saying symbolically and not literally we should do what Gus did.

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Mike gamecock DeVine
November 21, 2011 3:59 pm

Absent a Republican president, unless a majority of the GOP has the courage to allow a government shutdown absent meaningful spending cuts, we get Barney Fife “shame on me’s”. Great report Persistent Cuss.

November 22, 2011 1:24 pm

Outstanding, Pilgrim. I just hope all of them haven’t been permanently co-opted. A bloody nose to those who have been.

November 22, 2011 3:31 pm

I believe it should be an honor to serve as a US Representative or Senator, and that the gratitude one who serves should feel is to the constituents, not the leadership who gives him/her a coveted committee assignment or chairmanship. Whatever perks they receive, in the way of franking, or minor amenities or considerations, I do not begrudge them. But when they get so accustomed to it that it becomes a way of life and a means to ends other than representing the folk, I kinda agree with Rick Perry. Especially if all they’re going to do is supply a… Read more »