You've probably heard by now that the House has passed the Democratic Party's version of healthcare reform legislation, thankfully including an amendment to specifically bar funding of abortion. You've also likely heard that one Republican voted for the Democrats' final version, HR 3962.
It took no time at all for the cries of "Traitor!" and "RINO!" to emerge on my TweetDeck from the many patriots I follow on Twitter. These tweets emerged even before anyone had learned the name of the Republican responsible, Congressman Joseph Cao (pronounced "Gow") of Louisiana. It truly escaped me, personally, how any Republican could have voted for this legislation........until I heard the name "Joseph Cao". My own dismay then turned away from the heretofore unnamed Republican and toward those who were calling for his proverbial head. You see, I understand why he did it........and I respect him greatly for it.
In order to understand why Cao voted for the bill, you have to know who Joseph Cao is and what his district is like. This story from USNEWS will provide some necessary background information. You can call for Joseph Cao's head all you like, but unless you live in his district, you cannot vote him out. Like it or not, Cao is from a liberal district........and he voted the way his constituents demanded. For this reason, my hat is off to him.