Socialist Jim McGovern Thinks He's Mainstream

Leftist Congressman Jim McGovern fell back on old faithful in a Tuesday night debate with GOP challenger Marty Lamb - he blamed President Bush for his malfeasance.

The audience mostly adhered to the rules, but several people laughed or booed at a few of the congressman's comments, particularly when he responded to a charge from Mr. Lamb that Democrats in Congress caused a crisis by avoiding reform of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

"The economic crisis is a result of your votes," Mr. Lamb, a real estate lawyer, told the seven-term congressman.

"The reason why we're in this mess is because of eight years of George Bush," Mr. McGovern responded, eliciting a chorus of boos from the audience.

McGovern, who used to vacation in Cuba, considers his liberal views to be pretty mainstream. Which raises an interesting question. Since more voters in every state self identify as conservative at a higher rate than liberal, even in Massachusetts, why do we elect only Democrats to congress?

McGovern is wrong, of course. He doesn't get elected because people agree with him - he wins because he's liked personally, his office has a reputation for strong constituent services, and he has the union machine behind him. Most important, though, is that Massachusetts is full of cultural Democrats - folks who were raised to think that Democrats are good - and it's very hard for them to break the habit.

We have been concerned that the Administration's legislative proposal regarding the GSEs* would weaken affordable housing perfonnance by the GSEs, by emphasizing only safety and soundness. While the GSEs' affordable housing mission is not in any way incompatible with their safety and soundness, an exclusive focus on safety and soundness is likely to come, in practice, at the expense of affordable housing.

The above paragraph is taken from a letter that Jim McGovern co-signed to George Bush in 2004 asking President Bush to protect mortgages for unqualified buyers - the cause of the economic meltdown. If Marty Lamb had a couple of hundred thousand union dollars to spend, he might be able to spread the word, and McGovern and his ilk would not be so deluded about the popularity of their positions.

*GSE's are government created corporations that enhance the flow of credit to targeted segments of the economy, like home mortgages. The residential mortgage borrowing segment is by far the largest of the borrowing segments in which the GSEs operate. GSEs hold or pool approximately $5 trillion worth of mortgages.