Tonight on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, Rachel featured a little rundown of what has become part of the political zeitgeist: real accountability.
While Republicans chase the media moment with astroturfed anger that has nothing to do with progress, and the Rahm Squad chases corporate donations with backroom deals that have nothing to do with hope or change, a group of committed progressives has joined with the voters who worked so hard in the last election to make a difference.
Groups like FDL Action and Accountability Now have taken the broad-based public indignation with Democrats who are all too happy to favor their corporate masters over their constituents, and focused it on some of Congress’s worst offenders.
Mike Ross represents a district where three-quarters of Democrats favor the public option being part of a health care reform package—yet Rep. Ross has worked tirelessly to keep that choice out of any House bill. Ross has taken big money from Big Insurance and PhRMA, and is under investigation for the overvalued sale of his own pharmacy business to a major pharmacy chain that was also a Ross campaign contributor.
FDL Action has started running ads in Ross’s district, and across Arkansas, asking fellow Democrats to hold their Representative (and their Senator, Blanche Lincoln) accountable to the folks members of Congress are supposed to represent—the voters. Ross’s friends in the pharmaceutical industry have now tried to counterpunch with ads of their own