Swalwell’s Bipartisan Rhetoric Catches Up To Him With Government Shut Down

Rep. Eric Swalwell urging Republicans on the House floor in September
 to give up their “ideological wet dream” of railroading Obamacare.

CONGRESS//15TH DISTRICT/ANALYSIS | House Representatives have a knack for placing themselves outside of the morass of Washington while maintaining membership in the same body. The talent is apparently easy to learn. After just a year in Congress, Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell has employed this out-of-body rhetorical maneuver often in recent weeks by charging Tea Party obstructionists with shutting down the government.
 
Swalwell even charged them with having nocturnal ejaculations over hard-right insistence to bring down Obamacare. While his comments against the right play off a deep dissatisfaction with the government shutdown and indications Americans blame Republicans for the fiscal uncertainty, Swalwell’s rhetoric doesn’t jibe with nearly every comment he has made during his short career when it relates to bipartisanship.

“I strive to work with Republicans–I think you have to right now if we’re going to solve a lot of these problems,” Swalwell said last year. He later added his view of government was derived from former East Bay Rep. Ellen Tauscher. Swalwell was once an unpaid intern for Tauscher. “That’s where I really learned how being a moderate–being bipartisan–can be effective.”

This belief in working with Republicans is not new. In fact, it’s a major underpinning of Swalwell’s platform for governing. Except, with Republicans clearly being cast as villains in the shut down of the federal government there is more than a whiff of hypocrisy in his logic. It’s a complete reversal of his pledge to fix government. It’s a box he was destined to paint himself into. With Republicans clearly acting unreasonable, the noble act of compromise in Swalwell’s world means condoning their actions, which in turn, hurts the country and the district.

This criticism of Swalwell’s conceit to work with the other side and foster a new era of conciliation in Washington with a skewed premise the right wing aims to govern rationally is nothing new. It was one of the major fears of liberals last year who viewed the district as far more blue than Swalwell pledged to represent. Many saw it as highfalutin and naïve. When, in fact, has House Republicans been willing to fair compromise? Nevertheless, a politician changing his colors at a moment’s notice is quite common.

At a town hall meeting Sunday afternoon in Dublin, Swalwell again shed his bipartisan dream world . “Speaker Boehner is all that stands in the way of ending the damaging shutdown,” said Swalwell. “Enough is enough with the political games.” The problem, though, is everybody is playing a game within a game.



Categories: Affordable Health Care Act, bipartisanship, CD15, congress, Dublin, Ellen Tauscher, Eric Swalwell, government shutdown, moderates, obamacare, townhall, Tri Valley, washington

218 replies

  1. When is the Swalwell staffer lying?
    Answer—-Every e-mail he sends.LOL

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  2. Would the 2 of you please knock this bullshit off?

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  3. Eric Swalwell deserving of re-election in 2014!

    We love you in Hayward, Eric!

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  4. Since Eric has authored no significant legislation in Washington, I'll take Ellen Corbett who has authored significant legislation to help the environment, women, consumers, seniors, children, education, etc.

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  5. As far as flip-flopping goes Swalwell taken so many different
    positions on so many topics he can't even remember them all.
    Just check out the local papers and the ebcitizen. Tavares
    even did more than one article on his flip-flops. He told people
    he was for the chained CPI, then he was against it. He told
    people he was for changes to Social Security, then he was
    against them. Not a good track record on consumer bills after
    he took corporate money either. Flip-flop, flip-flop, flip-flop.

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  6. Ladies & Gentlemen of the district.

    We present for your viewing amusement the pathetic ramblings of One-In-the-Same, AKA BBDB. She is the man-hater, living outside the district and in her parents' Berkeley basement who is a paid Whorbett staffer. She lies up, down, forward, and backward and has a bridge to sell you. Not any bridge, mind you, the Willie L. Brown bridge. What bridge is that, you say? Well, before Missy Corbett decided to honor her old pimp and crafty, oily, sexist politician ol' Boss Brown, it used to be known as the SF-Oakland Bay Bridge. Yes, it will officially lose that designation on all official documents and maps courtesy of Missy.

    If you like this type of rampant waste in Sacramento then you'll definitely want to send Missy to Washington. Her campaign motto is: Please let me screw with you some more.

    To paraphrase the words of her mentor, Pete Stark: If you liked me, hell put her in. You'll get much more of the same!

    Old Missy. With friends like her there will be even more chaos in Washington. Never ready for prime time.

    How those Boss Brown cookies baking, Ellen!

    Yo, to the Berkeley Space Ho who lives outside the district and tells one lie after another about congressman Swalwell, who will be so easily re-elected!

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  7. Swalwell is scared, and has his followers writing arguments against Ellen Corbett that are lies. He and his shills, like the antiunion Hayward troll, are panicking because they have taken internal polls that have Ellen ahead in the congressional race.

    Now the troll is pretending to be Ellen's ex. This shows how low he will go and how mentally disturbed he is. So sad and desperate. LOL

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  8. Since Eric has authored no significant legislation in Washington, I'll take Ellen Corbett who has authored significant legislation to help the environment, women, consumers, seniors, children, education, etc.

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  9. The congressman has been a great representative. I'll definitely be supporting him next year. He'll sail just fine; no credible opposition since competition knows he's doing a fantastic job.

    By the way: pharmaceuticals, which help gravely ill seniors, is abbreviated without a capital 'P.' You really need to learn the proper rules of English, including grammar and composition style.

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  10. The congressman has been a great representative. I'll definitely be supporting him next year. He'll sail just fine; no credible opposition since competition knows he's doing a fantastic job.

    By the way: pharmaceuticals, which help gravely ill seniors, is abbreviated without a capital 'P.' You really need to learn the proper rules of English, including grammar and composition style.

    Still haven't learned or corrected your English!

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  11. Since Eric has authored no significant legislation in Washington, I'll take Ellen Corbett who has authored significant legislation to help the environment, women, consumers, seniors, children, education, etc.

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  12. According to this Oct 16 article a large part of Swalwell's contributions came from the medical and pharmaceutical vested interest groups. These are the same groups that have been sticking it to the middle class and poor for years. My family and I will be voting for Ellen Corbett next year.

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  13. Dorcas, you never voted for the congressman in your entire life. You don't live in the district. You have always volunteered on old man's Stark's campaigns. Finally, you're off your meds again and smoking the bad stuff.

    Eric going to kick that fatt ass where it hurts!

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  14. Anon above: What the hell are you talking about? Are you off your meds? You make no sense. It seems you are in need of some help.

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  15. Dorcas, you never voted for the congressman in your entire life. You don't live in the district. You have always volunteered on old man's Stark's campaigns. Finally, you're off your meds again and smoking the bad stuff.

    Eric going to kick that fatt ass where it hurts!

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  16. Eric is not running against Stark this time with his irascible temperament and personality. Ellen Corbett is a much more formidable foe and an extremely likable and capable politician. She is very likely to win as she has helped many people in this area over the years. I know our family will be supporting her.

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  17. According to this Oct 16 article a large part of Swalwell's contributions came from the medical and pharmaceutical vested interest groups. These are the same groups that have been sticking it to the middle class and poor for years. My family and I will be voting for Ellen Corbett next year.

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  18. I actually signed up for Obamacare and it was cheaper for me with a better policy. Even though I agree with this particular vote, I have seen Ellen at more events I go to and will be voting for her next year. I think she has accomplished more for the middle class and poor and I trust her to do more for us than Eric.

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