I watched the House vote live that the Senate refuses to pass which resulted in the Government “shutdown”.
As the votes were cast, I noticed there was a single Republican voting with the Democrats to fund Obamacare and avoid a government shutdown. When the vote ended, I checked online to see which Republican was the only vote to fund Obamacare and avoid a potential shutdown if Harry Reid refused to act to avoid one.
I remember thinking it had to be one of the New York RINO’s. I was pretty shocked to find out it was actually Virginia’s Second District Congressman Scott Rigell.
Shortly after the vote I received an email from Congressman Rigell explaining his vote (but I already knew why). Rigell represents Tidewater which is heavily military. A shutdown would hit not only the military, but the families and there would also be a domino effect as people became jobless.
Of course the decisions to harm the military were completely up to Obama. He could have avoided this, but inflicting pain on Americans is the game he has chosen to play.
I am not happy with Rigell’s lack of solidarity in this vote, but given the people he represents (key word represents), he really had no choice and chose to do right by those he represents.
Ok. Fair enough. Rigell did the right thing. The “optics” were not the best, but he voted the way his constituents wanted.
Scott gets a +1 from me for a hard vote.
But then along comes PPP Polling, a Democrat Polling outfit that has done some questionable polling in the past (in my opinion). But this one takes the cake.
For those that don’t know, a “push poll” is a poll where the questions are designed to “push” you into the answer they want to get. These polls are considered worthless and unfair and are not designed to measure opinion, but rather to influence your opinion.
For example, if a Republican Polling outfit were to ask the question:
Do you approve or disapprove of the job President Obama is doing?
That would simply measure the job approval.
But if the question became:
President Obama has intentionally inflicted pain on elderly and ailing World War II Veterans by shutting down the outside monument they traveled many miles to see one last time before they die and at the same time, allowed a group of illegal aliens to have a pro amnesty meeting at another outdoor monument. Knowing that, do you approve of the job he is doing?
That is a push poll designed to get more people to say they do not approve of the job Obama is doing. This statement is actually true.
Now imagine the same question was asked except the entire thing was a lie!
Well, that is what PPP Polling just did.
First and foremost, this poll was uploaded by the far left moveon.org. That alone makes it suspect.
But it seems that this poll had an agenda. They wanted to gather data to support the title of the article they planned to write: GOP could lose the House in 2014
So they proceeded to use a push poll giving their opinion that the Republican vote was to shut down the government. It wasn’t. And the truth is, the Democrats could have agreed to simply delay fining and punishing people that fail to obtain health insurance just like Obama has done for businesses. And there would be no shutdown.
But here is how they worded the questions about Rigell:
Would you be less likely or more likely tosupport Congressman Rigell if you knew hevoted to support shutting down major activitiesof the federal government as a way to stop thehealth care law from being put into place, ordoes it not make a difference?
Now that you know Congressman Rigellsupported the governmentshutdown, I’ll askyou one more time: If the election for Congresswere held today, would you vote for re-electRepublican Scott Rigell, or would you vote forhis Democratic opponent?