When the right seeks vengeance

WHEN THE RIGHT SEEKS VENGEANCE…. Conservative activists are not at all pleased with the eight House Republicans who supported the Waxman-Markey bill on global warming. We talked over the weekend about some of the various attacks offered by right-wing bloggers against the group some have labeled the “GOP’s Cap-and-Tax 8.”

Late yesterday, RedState’s Erick Erickson added some additional thoughts on the subject, singling out Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) for criticism. His headline read: “Mary Bono Mack Should Be Burned in Effigy and Voted Out of Office.” (via Down With Tyranny)

Mary Bono Mack, unlike some of her Republican colleagues who voted for cap-and-trade ( see e.g. Dave Reichert), does not live in a district that would punish her for cap-and-trade opposition. She was perfectly safe to vote no.

That she did not means she should now be targeted.

Redemption? Vote against it should it come back from the Senate via Conference and actively oppose Obamacare.

Otherwise, we beat her and her husband at the polls.

Yes, you heard me. We can get at Mary Bono Mack in two ways — her district and that of her husband. He should feel the heat just as much as her.

Rep. Bono Mack’s husband is Rep. Connie Mack IV (R-Fla.), who, not incidentally, voted against the Waxman-Markey bill on global warming, and rarely, if ever, strays from the far-right party line. He would, however, apparently be punished for his wife’s vote on the bill.

Yes, Erickson believes conservative online activists can not only take down an incumbent Republican in California who just won re-election by 16 points, but also can beat an incumbent Republican in Florida — who voted with the right on the bill — and who just won re-election by 35 points.

I’m pretty sure conservative bloggers don’t have this kind of power, influence, or significance, and they’ve never demonstrated an ability to sway election outcomes, but if they want to give it a shot, they should certainly feel free to knock themselves out.