Thursday, November 4, 2010

Conservative Blue Dog Democrats Crushed In Election

So how did the conservative Blue Dog Democrats do? More to the point, how did the Republican Lite brand do? After obstructing the Democratic agenda, 28 out of 54 were thrown out. Apparently conservatives don't appreciate them, preferring real Republicans, and liberals support those who help enact progressive legislation. Neither category defines the Blue Dogs:

Notable losses included Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (D-S.D.), the coalition's co-chair for administration, and Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.), the co-chair for policy (shown left)...

The Blue Dogs, a coalition of moderate to conservative Democrats in the House, have consistently frustrated their more progressive colleagues and activists within the party, especially during the health care debate. Blue Dog members pushed to limit the scope and the cost of the legislation and resisted some of the mandates of the bill. Last summer, seven of the eight Blue Dogs on the House Energy and Commerce Committee even threatened to block health care reform unless it met their cost requirements.

Other areas where Blue Dogs have helped put the brakes on ambitious progressive priorities are global warming measures and legislation that would make it easier for workers to unionize.

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