A conservative in the Democrat Party? That’s gotta be the loneliest corner at the big dance.
Consider the man’s bonafides:
He was among 45 Democrats who voted against the 2010 version of the Affordable Care Act that became law. Now, he’s one of three left. He was one of two Democrats who voted against impeaching Trump late last year. The other member, Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, is now a Republican. He opposes abortion and is the lone Democrat in Congress with an A-rating from the NRA. “If I hear the words ‘common sense gun legislation one more time,’ ” he said last year, “I’ll throw up.” Many of those left in the Blue Dog caucus might have been considered insufficiently conservative when he originally co-founded the group.
Peterson’s campaign ads have championed his anti-impeachment vote, his opposition to environmentalists fighting the state’s Line 3 pipeline project, and support for law enforcement.
Of the 235 Democrats in the House, Peterson is the only one who is pro-life and has an “A” rating from the N.R.A.
He’s a looong way from home.
But so far, it appears, the Democrat doesn’t get it:
“I don’t see myself as partisan. I see myself as an American. And what I do is I’m a representative. I go to D.C. and I represent my district. If my district is out of tune with my party, I don’t care. I’m going to represent my district and let the chips fall where they may.”
Collin’s seat is currently being challenged by former GOP Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach.
We’ll see where his chips fall next month.
Where Ilhan’s do, too.
If Joe Biden wins, it will be America’s greatest-ever encouragement for the DNC to take a path toward Omar…and far past.
History’s about to be made — one that will, in my view, profoundly determine the definition of “Democrat.”
And further define the anomalous condition of Collin Peterson.
Either way — no matter the chips — for a Minnesota conservative with a “D” next to his name, Defection may be in the cards.