Walt is walking a difficult and tricky path. He's trying to be conservative enough to win reelection in Idaho, so he joined the Blue Dogs in congress, and he's been voting accordingly. Part of the problem for him is folks like me. You see, I voted for a Democrat, not a Republican. I want Walt to support President Obama, and to advance progressive interests.
I understand that Walt has to be a conservative Dem, but he still needs to be a Dem. It's one thing to take conservative positions and stick close to Idaho issues. That's fine. Oppose the hell out of gun control, or argue for delisting wolves. But it's a different thing when he votes in a way to obstruct the President or a progressive agenda. Voting against releasing the TARP funds, while probably meaningless given the circumstances, is obstructionist.
So I'll be watching his votes. And if he won't support the President or progressive issues, I won't support him. He doesn't have to vote progressive blindly or every time, but he's got to support the important stuff. I like to have Idaho represented by a Democrat, but not if the Democrat is going to support Republicans. Don't take my D vote for granted.
Good luck with your balancing act, Walt. But remember, if you lean too far one way or the other, left or right, you'll fall.