Tom Coburn (R-Okla) has signaled that any Congressman who flips from a “No” to a “Yes” vote on Obamacare should not expect a federal appointment after he or she gets voted out of office:
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., is putting wavering Democrats on advance notice: If President Obama is trying to reassure any of them of future federal employment in return for coming over to his side on health care, fuggedaboutit.
Coburn just told reporters he’ll use his senatorial perogative to block the nominations of any lawmakers who change their votes from “no” to “yes” on health care should the president subsequently tap them for a federal post. Just in case any of them are considering that an option should things not work out for them in the November elections.
This is a message Congressmen, regardless of how they voted the first time, need to hear.
Anyone who votes for this bill needs to understand that they can and will be challenged after they leave office in whatever public position to which they aspire. They cannot expect a plum federal, state or local appointment without having to defend their vote.
If a Congressman wants leaves office for the private sector, good luck to them. I don’t believe people should be challenged in their private lives the way some protesters have hounded former Bush administration officials.
But if Congressmen want to remain in public life after leaving office, then their vote for Obamacare should haunt them for the rest of their lives.
After all, we will be living with Obamacare for the rest of our lives, so it’s only fair.