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As the liberal social views and internationalist foreign policy predilections of the coastal classes began to hold greater sway in the party, many of the populists who had previously trended towards Democrats because of economic issues or labor rights grew increasingly alienated. And today, the parties continue to struggle over a swath of Middle America on precisely these issues.--Troy Senik, RealClearPolitics
State GOP Chairman Tony Sutton called it “really bizarre,” but said the comment should help the GOP recruit candidates to run against Peterson.But not at a town meeting, apparently.
The veteran congressman said his constituents know him and know they can reach him when needed.
The next election is more than 15 months away, but Sutton said there is no doubt Monday’s quote will energize western Minnesota Republicans.Time for a change. Yes we can.
“I have got a feeling it is going to be a lot better,” Sutton said of candidate recruitment. “I think Collin Peterson has gotten by and says, ‘Ah, shucks, I am one of you’ ” when in his 7th Congressional District, but then votes with liberals in Washington. Sutton said Republicans have done a poor job of telling voters that in the past, but “we are not going to let it happen again.”
Some Republicans already are considering challenging Peterson, the GOP chairman said.
The senators are working on resolutions asserting Nebraska's sovereignty under the 10th Amendment of the Constitution.A similar measure passed in South Dakota, while in neighboring Iowa Democrats have kept it stuck in committee so far. As many as 30 states have passed or are considering such action, in the face of unprecedented federal incursion (or planned--look at the cap and tax bill) into Americans' daily lives. ObamaCare is the latest big government approach setting off alarms. The efforts are not just confined to Red States--though with a grassroots movement like this, some of the Blues may turn in 2010.
Nebraska wouldn't try to secede from the union under their proposals but would go on record objecting to federal laws that they say go beyond constitutional authority.
“My goal here is to shine light on the fact that the federal government is overstepping its bounds,” said State Sen. Tony Fulton of Lincoln. “We would be making a statement on behalf of Nebraska.”
Out-party politicians have long had to deal with conspiracy theorists on their side — the people who think that the Clintons killed Vince Foster or that the Bush administration helped orchestrate the Sept. 11 attacks.If you can't handle a town meeting you shouldn't be in Congress.
“Twenty-five percent of my people believe the Pentagon and Rumsfeld were responsible for taking the twin towers down,” said Rep. Collin Peterson, a Democrat who represents a conservative Republican district in Minnesota. “That’s why I don’t do town meetings.”