Blue Dog Daze

One of the best articles I've read on Blue Dogs appeared recently in The Nation. Here's a couple brief excerpts:

The Blue Dogs come largely from rural and Southern districts, and often campaign by distancing themselves from the national party. Their support comes from voters who are conservative on social issues like guns and abortion. But on bread-and-butter concerns, these legislators are voting with their contributors, not their constituents.

The Blue Dogs parade as "fiscal conservatives" and "moderates," false advertising that the mainstream press mindlessly echoes. In fact, they are the epitome of a Washington captured by moneyed interests. They aren't working to ensure that healthcare reforms are paid for; they are laboring on behalf of insurance companies to protect their obscene profits. The Blue Dogs are maneuvering on behalf of Big Pharma to make sure the government won't negotiate reasonable drug prices. They're doing their best to derail reasonable tax hikes on the affluent, hikes that would make insurance affordable for working- and middle-class families. Even on the Blue Dogs' signature issue--the "pay-go" rules, which they insist must be passed into law--they exempt reductions in the estate tax on the wealthiest Americans and, of course, the cost of any military adventure whatsoever.

I encourage reading the whole's not long and it's the I know it.

Here's the article at The Nation


Thanks for linking to it, Stan

Love The Nation

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How're you feeling these days about Kissell?

I'm wondering if he's on the path to blue dog-ship. Got a letter from his missus asking for money and touting his work in fantasy-land.

Stan Bozarth

I still think he mirrors his district and so does just about

everyone I talk with from the district. If 15% of North Carolina voters identify as progressives/liberals (according to PPP) then I'd say that only about 10% from the 8th ID themselves that way. I love Larry to death even if I don't agree 100% with his politics.

You know, the one thing he promised he would not do is join the Blue Dogs. His voting may lean their way, but he says he isn't a joiner and I believe him. Not that it is much consolation after disappointing votes.

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I'm sure there will be plent of wallets closed this time around

There are new donors lining up. I don't think he'll ever have a war chest and I do think he'll be OK in 2010.

Honestly, I'm more concerned with holding our majority in the state lege.

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