Let me be perhaps the only conservative to support Congressman Joseph Cao (pronounced “Gow“) (R-LA)’s vote for Obamacare.
Cao is a freshman Republican, who was barely elected in a district where his opponent was corrupt Democrat Congressman William “Freezer cash” Jefferson. Cao’s district is everwhelmingly Democrat, and overwhelmingly African-American; so just about every political analyst had written off Cao’s re-election chances in 2010.
But that might well change.
Cao’s vote last night was brilliant for several reasons:
1. He supported an African-American president, thus endearing himself to African-American constituents.
2. He bucked his party, thus endearing himself to Democrats.
3. He stood out from the pack, thus endearing himself to independents. In an anti-incumbent year, Cao comes off as a stand-up outsider, rather than an entrenched insider. I can’t think of a way that Cao could have gained better publicity than by his Obamacare vote.
Cao’s re-election chances have drastically improved overnight, and he can no longer be given up for dead. If he is re-elected, the first vote he casts will be for John Boehner as Speaker; it will be the vote that counts the most.