The self-correcting conservative Democratic liar problem.
In today’s Morning Jolt Jim Geraghty observed, while implicitly dismissing former (involuntarily) Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper’s (D, PA) sudden getting religion over Obamacare for the cynical political move that it probably is, that the myth of the conservative Democratic Congressman was, well, a myth – and that he’s been saying that since 2010. Well, I’ve been saying that, too – so I decided to look at | Read More »
Mike Ross (D, AR-04) cuts and runs.
Mike Ross is something like the fourth Blue Dog to have decided to throw in his or her cards this election cycle*; apparently, actually being opposed in an election for a change didn’t appeal to the man. AR-04 went strongly for McCain in 2008 (56%), and redistricting will apparently improve the percentages slightly, so it’s probably not too surprising that Ross decided that he wasn’t | Read More »
Rep. Maxine Waters (D): Let’s primary Blue Dogs.
This throwaway line in a Hill article (“Dem healthcare infighting intensifies”): And on Tuesday it prompted Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) to hint that more liberal members of the party should consider challenging centrist Blue Dogs in next year’s primaries. …eventually led me to this (via The Patriot Room: he also has a related video there) article about what has to be one of the more, | Read More »
Rep Tom Price (R-GA): stop blaming us for delays in your unpopular health care bill.
If you think that this is a bit long at 3:30, well, it has to be: they need a big hunk of time to let the names of all the ‘conservative’ Democrats currently unsure if they want to follow the President over the cliff of health care rationing. Via Hot Air: Rep Price’s message was simple, as all good messages should be: this is the | Read More »
‘Mike Ross is Pelosi’s Lap Dog.’
That’s me fixing Roll Call’s title for it: Ross Is Blue Dogs’ Bulldog Months ago, Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.), chairman of the Blue Dogs’ health care task force, told House leaders and chairmen they’d better include Blue Dogs in the writing of their health care bill. But that didn’t happen. Now, Ross has become the rallying point for a massive revolt against the leadership health | Read More »
Profiles in fear: ‘conservative’ Democrats and THAT WOMAN.
Politico apparently has a sadist running its assignments, because he or she sent out reporters to interview a bunch of ‘conservative’ Democrats to find out whether they’d be willing to let that woman campaign with them – and got everything from uncomfortable silences to Congressmen actually running away. At least, that’s what I’m going to characterize ‘lunging for elevators’ and suddenly remembering that they had | Read More »
Meet Rick Crawford (R-Candidate, AR-01).
Starting with the background: AR-01 is one of those districts that is… interesting. It is currently rated as R +8 in the Cook Political Report, but is held by a soi-disant ‘Blue Dog Democrat’: in this case, Marion Berry. Berry has been in that seat since 1997: he won the 2006 election with 69% of the vote; and he was unopposed in 2008. However, he | Read More »
Blue Dogs feeling betwixt and between.
In the process of reading “Centrist Dems: Dogged If They Do, Dogged If They Don’t” by Froma Harrop (short version: pity the poor Blue Dog Democrats; the Left wants them to fall into line behind the progressives and the Right wants them to actually act as if fiscal conservatism meant something), I noticed this particular passage. And Blue Dogs hold undisguised contempt for recent Republican | Read More »
Yo! Netrooters! We’ve got another Blue Dog for you to purge!
Rep. Walt Minnick from Idaho: one of the eleven Democrats from the bipartisan opposition to the Democratic debt bill – which would be bad enough, right? – but he’s also ripped apart the monstrosity you guys came up with and turned it into something that might actually work. Via Hot Air: Blue Dog nips Obama with a better stimulus idea While President Barack Obama goes | Read More »
178 + 50 > 218.
Feel free to check my math: Dems warn leaders to resume regular order A group of more than 50 House Democrats has penned a letter to Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) imploring him to “restore this institution” and see that the House returns to a “regular order” process of legislating. The letter, signed by a large number of the conservative Blue Dog Coalition and the | Read More »
In which I am in COMPLETE agreement with Glenn Greenwald.
He wants an auto-da-fe of the Blue Dog Democrats, and I for one would be happy to help. Hunt them through the halls of Congress, Glenn. Hunt them with torches and whips. Use dogs on them – or maybe cheetahs; it looks cooler, and they did that in medieval times. That’s the sort of vibe that you’re going with, right? The guttering torch, and the | Read More »