Purity troll Adler must already be looking for a cushy job for after he loses.

We’ve written quite a bit over the past few days (and months) about soon-to-be one term Congressman John Adler’s sticking his thumb in the eye of those who helped elect him – those who thought they were getting the Congressional version of John Adler the progressive State Senator and not someone who would look to sell out his supporters for the pipe dream of gaining any Republican support for his willingness to so frequently “prove his independence” from the Democratic Party.

And even as he tells those who he is selling out that he is not voting for the health care bill, he talks about all of the things that are in the bill that he likes, but then offers up a generic weak sauce “it won’t fix our broken health care system” excuse for voting against it.  

As if there was some magic perfect bill that will suddenly fix everything.  Aside from the fact that this letter looks a lot like the ones we see up here in the 5th District from Scott Garrett on just about everything – “I like it but there is something that I don’t like so I have to vote no” – there are a couple of things worth noting.

It is pretty much universally accepted that one of the biggest issues with “the broken health care system” is the abuses by the insurance industry; whether it be retroactive denial of care or the “pre-existing condition” denials or the obscene jacking up of rates arbitrarily or the miles of red tape to get anything paid for.  But while more than 10% of Adler’s district is uninsured, he has been one of the health insurance industry’s bestest friends, taking more than $400,000 from the health industry in his less than one term (compare to first term Republican Leonard Lance, who has taken almost 40% less than Adler).  That total is also more than Sires, Smith, Garrett and Payne – and not all that much less than LoBiondo or Holt.

When it comes to Adler’s history of siding with the obstructionist Republicans, President Obama made a very good point as it relates to this particular bill:

if they vote against it, then they’re going to be voting against health care reform and they’re going to be voting in favor of the status quo.

 Interestingly, voting as a Republican for the status quo against Democratic bills is something Adler is very fond of, casting close to 100 votes in his less than one term against the Democratic Party.

Either Adler doesn’t realize that this will (1) not endear him to his base as well as not gain him any votes from Republicans, or (2) realizes it but doesn’t care.  Neither is a good outcome, and we can bet to see former Congressman John Adler as an insurance industry or Wall Street lobbyist (or with a cushy job a la Harold Ford) come next January.

Comments (11)

  1. deciminyan

    No doubt that Adler will find a lucrative job in January.   His short Congressional career will go down in history as a footnote – 50 years from now he’ll be remembered as the only Democratic congressman from Burlington County since the 1880s.

    We had such hope when we worked for the Democratic ticket in ’08.  Yet, even if Health Care passes (and I hope and pray that it does), it will be a watered-down gift to the insurance industry.  The fight must continue.

  2. Jay Lassiter

    As someone who A) served on Adler’s campaign staff and B) has no health insurance i am say with certainty that this feeling of betrayal totally stinks.

  3. DottieG

    Even Dennis Kucinich has announced that he’s going to vote for the health care reform bill despite the fact that it isn’t perfect and it certainly isn’t anywhere near what he wanted.

    If Adler isn’t already looking for a job, he’d better start.  Ye gods!    

  4. SeamusNJ

    Unfortunately Representative Weiner didn’t have to reach across the aisle to call out wholly owned subsidiaries of the insurance industry.  Isn’t there a primary challenger that can save this seat?  Senator Norcross, are you watching?

  5. Bill Orr

    What is particularly upsetting to me is how a man whose lifelong state record has been liberal could destroy that record overnight on his party’s most important piece of legislation in decades – and do so when his very vote might cause the bill’s defeat.

    According to this morning’s NY Times tracking there are currently 203 expected YES votes and 204 expected NO votes.  There are 24 votes in play, and all but three of those votes are in districts won by McCain and/or in which the Representative voted for the abortion amendment.

    Enough to make me scream and cry.

  6. The Wizard

    Like Lieberman, but not as smart.

  7. ken bank

    If HCR passes I think dems will come around, forgive and forget, hold their noses and vote for Adler as the lesser of two evils, especially after they realize what a dunce Jon Runyan is.

    If HCR loses then all bets are off.  Democrats will take their anger out on Adler by staying home.  And if he’s primaried I suspect his opponent will do surprisingly well enough to send a message to other blue dog democrats.


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