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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

MoveOn Targets Dems Who Voted Against Reform

In the wake of Saturday night's historic health care vote, the main lines of attack have been extremely partisan -- Republicans insist that politically vulnerable Democrats who voted for the bill will subsequently lose their seats and vice versa.

Now, however, Democrats are being targeted from inside their own camp. The progressive advocacy group MoveOn.org released a new set of television ads on Monday hitting several of those lawmakers who bucked the party and voted against the bill. The list includes Reps. Mike Ross (Ark.), Jason Altmire (Penn.), Glenn Nye (Va.), Rick Boucher (Va.), Larry Kissell (N.C.), Heath Schuler (N.C.), and Lee Terry (Neb.)

"A courageous group of Representatives stood tall, and voted to help lower costs and ensure access to affordable health care for millions," the MoveOn spot says of those who voted yes. "Our representative, Mike Ross, stood small... and voted no. Call and tell him how little you think of his vote."

This is, of course, a wholly different tact than that taken by other groups, notably Health Care for American Now -- which has released spots thanking vulnerable Democrats for passing reform. And MoveOn must be calculating that some of these representatives are more responsive to electoral fear than encouragement. As the spotlight of the health care debate moves to the Senate, it's going to be quite interesting to see what kind of pressures those Democrats in the House who voted no on the first go-round will now face.

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