Joseph Cao, Political Genius

November 8, 2009

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.

12 Responses to Joseph Cao, Political Genius

  1. W.C. Varones on November 8, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    OTOH, it would be easier to keep his seat if he flips and runs as a Dem. Pelosi may have promised to squash primary opposition for him.

  2. Carol on November 8, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    That will be a very happy day. I pray you are right.

  3. HatlessHessian on November 8, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    So Cau the Narcissist gives Obama, Pelosi and Reid the cover of bi-partisanship in exchange for his assurance of his own re-election? How beneficial.

    It’s a good thing we don’t have more in DC like him. Why if we did, we’d have a party of RINOs, Republicans and Democrats mortgaging our future to the hilt so they can bribe special interests, etc. Indeed, Cao’s a real one-of-a-kind.

  4. Democrat=Socialist on November 8, 2009 at 4:58 pm


  5. Conservative1 on November 8, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Just like given the choice between a liberal sympathizer and a real liberal, the liberal wins, given the choice between Cao and a real black, blacks will choose a real black.

  6. invalid10 on November 8, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    He waited to vote until they already had the votes. It’s hard to say whether he was doing that for Boehner or whether he want to confuse everyone in general as to his intentions so as not to anger anyone.

  7. (((BCL))) on November 8, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    He told whoraldo that he did it to suck us dry for his “poor” constituents. POS

  8. the aura of truthiness on November 9, 2009 at 6:12 am

    Forget about this race, and this district. It’s like worrying about the 2 Detroit districts, currently held by 2 of the most useless slugs in Congressional history, Conyers (his wife was just thrown out of office and sent to prison for political bribery) and Kilpatrick (her son Kwame thrown out of office and now out of prison, for political bribery, and waiting for his next round of trials, along with his father).

    You get nothing out of these districts, you only sink into the corruption, much like New Orleans is sinking into the Gulf of Mexico, and the City of Detroit is sinking into irrelevancy.

    Just be silent. Let it play out as it will.

    If Cao wins, fine, but let him do it on his own. You can’t outbribe the bribers, and you shouldn’t try to do so.

  9. pkcmom on November 9, 2009 at 11:27 am

    I don’t like the health plan he voted for, but give the guy a break. He voted the way his constituency wanted him too. In his area of Louisana the uninsured number 4 out of 5. I wish my congressman voted the way I want him too. Cao gets some benefits from the White House too. Seemed like a deal winner for the people in his district.

  10. The Exposer on November 9, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Absurd. He will not be reelected. He could vote 100% Stalinist, but he would still not be reelected in that district because of his skin color and party label against an undamaged Black Dem opponent. He only slit his own throat by now making himself anathema to the GOP base on any future runs for statewide office in LA that he was touted for previously. Pure idiocy, and a real teachable moment for RINOs.

  11. EdGi on November 9, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Reading Cao’s statement, his deal was yea if Stupak passed plus bailout of his local hospitals(both the regional med providers in Orleans/Jefferson parishes and Loyola in NewO are in deep due to Medicare/medicaid rates). Yeah, and no doubt a backscratch of no opposition in 2010. I can’t blame him, specially since the GOP did nada for him in 2008.

  12. Louisiana1967 on November 17, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    THANK YOU!!!, Congressman Joseph Cao for having the integrity and compassion to see AND VOTE YES FOR HEALTH CARE and for the needs of the people of Louisiana. YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY, AND YES WE WILL SUPPORT YOU!

    It is down right amazing and shameful that citizens from 3 states (LA, MS, & AL) have the poorest health, virtually no access to quality health care, and the least access to insurance (although i doubt that the insurance companies would even try to insure these people), AND die as a result to lack of preventative health care, have governors and political leaders who passionately argue against any sort of health care reform and are so willing to sacrifice the lives of people for their own twisted, warp personal interest…they would be laughable joke if so many people were not suffering and dying…

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