A reader writes:

Cao punted too. Please don't forget that his predecessor was Dollar Bill Jefferson. This is a safe Democratic seat unless the Democrat on the ticket is so pathetically corrupt it is over the top for even SE Louisiana residents. He was. Cao was the first Republican I had voted for in years. With his vote yesterday, he just radically improved his chances or re-election. 

Another writes:

What lovely sentiments expressed by Rep. Cao!  Only one problem: he voted against the bill before he voted for it. I followed the voting last night, and Rep. Cao changed his vote in the last seconds when the 218 majority had been reached and before the vote period was closed. But why quibble. The health care bill was passed; who cares about collapsing scruples.

A little clarification of why Cao changed his vote:

Rep. Joseph Cao (R-La), appearing on CNN, said that he cast his vote in favor of reform only after an amendment greatly restricting the coverage of abortions was allowed to come to a vote. Once that hurdle was clear, Cao said, "I called the White House and said I could possibly support the bill."

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