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Blue Dog Democrats face extinction in next election
Politico ^ | April 17, 2012 | ALEX ISENSTADT

Posted on 04/17/2012 6:56:49 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia

Just when the Blue Dogs thought it couldn’t get any worse, it did.

Two years after the 2010 midterm elections decimated their ranks, the coalition of conservative Democrats is poised to get pummeled again in November — moving the Blue Dogs dangerously close to extinction.

Of the 24 remaining Blue Dogs, five are not seeking reelection. More than a half-dozen others are facing treacherous contests in which their reelection hopes are in jeopardy.

It’s a rough time to occupy the right wing of the Democratic Party.

“It’s a tough environment out there,” said former Alabama Rep. Bud Cramer, a longtime member of the House Blue Dog Coalition. “Their numbers are down. Redistricting has not been kind to them.”

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bluedogs; democrats

1 posted on 04/17/2012 6:57:00 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Blue Dog democrats are like Bigfoot. Every couple of years around an election, a couple of grainy, out of focus photos of them show up campaigning about fiscal discipline but after the election we find out it was just a lib in a conservative suit. There is no such species really.


2 posted on 04/17/2012 7:00:27 AM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Who is John Galt?)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The Democrat Party is becoming increasingly rigid and liberal/radical in their policies and ideology. There is no room in the Democrat Party anymore for more moderate Democrats.


3 posted on 04/17/2012 7:00:35 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Dilbert San Diego

The Dems view Blue Dogs like we view RINOs. We need to be more effective in causing the extinction of the RINOs.


4 posted on 04/17/2012 7:02:40 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell)
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To: pepsi_junkie

I think voters have sent a message too. Voters in these more conservative districts, even if they like their Blue Dog Democrat congressman, realize that a vote for him/her is a vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker, and a vote for the whole slew of liberal/radical Democrat policies in Congress. So voters are wising up and abandoning their Blue Dog Democrats.


5 posted on 04/17/2012 7:02:40 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I’ve noticed this watching the local/state primary commercials for Democrats running in my area. This includes Jason Altmire, who is mentioned in the article.

They all seem to emphasize that they are strongly “pro-choice” and that they oppose the Tea Party.

Seems counter to what was happening just a few years ago, when they had to run from being tagged as a “Nancy Pelosi” type dem.


6 posted on 04/17/2012 7:03:56 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: pepsi_junkie
“Blue Dog democrats are like Bigfoot. Every couple of years around an election, a couple of grainy, out of focus photos of them show up campaigning about fiscal discipline but after the election we find out it was just a lib in a conservative suit. There is no such species really.”

John Barrow D-GA is as close to a Blue Dog democrat as you will see in the South. The Republicans try each legislative session to re-district him out of the House and the Democrat establishment runs a more liberal candidate against him in the primary. All Barrow does is win, showing the power of incumbency.

7 posted on 04/17/2012 7:10:09 AM PDT by riverdawg
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

There is no such thing as a conservative democrat. You may personally be conservative, but the party will not remotely let you vote your conscious on any significant matter, and the electorate has figured this out.

The Southern, Conservative Democrat is dead, you cannot be conservative and a democrat. Its an impossible task, your party is the party of communism, and if you go to washington you will support the party line whether you like it or not.


8 posted on 04/17/2012 7:10:18 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: pepsi_junkie
Blue Dog democrats are like Bigfoot. Every couple of years around an election, a couple of grainy, out of focus photos of them show up campaigning about fiscal discipline but after the election we find out it was just a lib in a conservative suit. There is no such species really.

We can say the same about Romney.

9 posted on 04/17/2012 7:12:35 AM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Altmire’s a hack, but since I couldn’t even name you who hes running against without googling it, I’d say he’s probably safe for re-election.


10 posted on 04/17/2012 7:12:41 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Blue Dogs are Lap Dogs for Pelosi.


11 posted on 04/17/2012 7:14:29 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: HamiltonJay
There is no such thing as a conservative democrat. You may personally be conservative, but the party will not remotely let you vote your conscious on any significant matter, and the electorate has figured this out.

Yep....that is why I had to vote against Zell Miller, even though I thought a lot of him personally.

12 posted on 04/17/2012 7:16:11 AM PDT by eddie willers
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To: riverdawg

Indeed. John Barrow is the worst. I keep hoping we’ll send him packing one day.


13 posted on 04/17/2012 7:16:49 AM PDT by arderkrag ("WAAHH WAAAHHH SCOTUS" is no excuse to vote for Romney. LOOKING FOR ROLEPLAYERS. Check Profile.)
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To: HamiltonJay

He’s battling with Critz for the primary nod (since they merged the two districts), and will probably be facing Keith Rothfus in the general.


14 posted on 04/17/2012 7:22:29 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Ain't that the truth?

But isn't it absolutely delicious seeing Critz and Altmier run dueling ads as to who is the more Democrat of the two?

One week from now, one of these little turd birds will be voted out of office.

By November, there is a decent chance the other one will also be gone. All their GOP opponent has to do is replay the ads from their own primary squabble.

You are probably aware that both of them ran against ObamaCare . . . and both of them voted against repeal once they were in office.

15 posted on 04/17/2012 7:23:20 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Buh bye Mike McIntyre (NC).


16 posted on 04/17/2012 7:25:10 AM PDT by cblue55 (Mr. Obama, was your mother punished with a baby?)
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To: HamiltonJay

Mark Critz is former chief of staff for that crook John Murtha.


17 posted on 04/17/2012 7:25:41 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

McIntyre from my neck of the woods is listed as a Blue Dog.

The only reason he’s a Blue Dog is because he calls himself one. Other than military related votes he’s a solid lib.


18 posted on 04/17/2012 7:29:57 AM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

No they do not....they are now the Republican party.


19 posted on 04/17/2012 7:30:14 AM PDT by Lady Heron
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
It’s a rough time to occupy the right wing of the Democratic Party

Oxymoron time!!

"Kinder side of Dr. Mengele."

"Saudi allies"

"French bravery"

"Obama's patriotism"

"Afghan stability"

20 posted on 04/17/2012 7:30:34 AM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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To: All

At best, commie sympathizers and enablers.


21 posted on 04/17/2012 7:32:43 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

You mean they lied about being moderates?


22 posted on 04/17/2012 7:35:39 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The RINOcrat Party is still in charge. There has never been a conservative American government.)
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To: PeteB570

I’m in his district and my support is going to Pantano.

From my understanding the district was altered so that McIntyre stands little chance of holding his seat....I hope.


23 posted on 04/17/2012 7:39:21 AM PDT by Recon Dad (Gas & Petroleum Junkie)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Ummm????I wonder why? I wonder how many Blue Dogs voted for OBAMACARE?


24 posted on 04/17/2012 7:59:27 AM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Blue Dog Democrats are simply liars who tell gullible voters what they want to hear about how moderate or conservative they are to get elected but then vote Socialist for Nancy and Harry when it counts


25 posted on 04/17/2012 8:12:54 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
“Blue Dog Democrats are simply liars who tell gullible voters what they want to hear about how moderate or conservative they are to get elected but then vote Socialist for Nancy and Harry when it counts.”

I remember how many times I argued with Freepers about Gabrielle Giffords being a “moderate” or “conservative” Dem. The media kept repeating that crap. If she really was a rebel, the media would have destroyed her. She was to the left of Trotsky.

26 posted on 04/17/2012 8:23:43 AM PDT by Luke21
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Remember, Stupak spelled backwards is Kaputs, which is what most of the other “blue dogs” will be soon.


27 posted on 04/17/2012 8:25:55 AM PDT by almcbean
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To: ScottinVA
More Oxymoron time!!

"English cuisine"

28 posted on 04/17/2012 8:39:53 AM PDT by Sideshow Bob
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

If republicans really wanted to make elections work instead of making districts SAFE, they would create legislation that would end the gerrymandering of each state. It is time to clean out washington of all the dirty politicans - mostly with law backgrounds - then bring in some citizens.


29 posted on 04/17/2012 8:42:35 AM PDT by q_an_a (the more laws the less justice)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia; Clintonfatigued

The Blue Dogs blew their cover when they voted for Obamacare.

That’s why they got slaughtered in 2010 and why the slaughter will continue in 2012. Redistricting has not been kind to Blue Dogs.

The prize would be if someone could knock off Matheson in UT.


30 posted on 04/17/2012 9:48:41 AM PDT by randita
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To: Recon Dad

I think my district wiggled again this year.

We were in Ellmer’s district for the last number of years but being in north Fayetteville we’ve drifted every so often.

...........................

Yeap, just checked my sample ballot for the primary and we’ve moved to district 4.


31 posted on 04/17/2012 10:30:35 AM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: Luke21

Right. Joe Manchin is supposed to be a “moderate” or “conservative” Democrat too and he grumbles in the press every once in a while about how bad his party is, but when it comes time to vote on critical things, Joe does what Harry tells him to do.


32 posted on 04/17/2012 11:55:50 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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