During Bill Clinton’s time in office, Blue Dog Democrats were integral parts of the Democratic Party. Since the Soros-engineered progressive takeover, they’ve played a significantly less important role.
Thanks to then-Speaker Pelosi’s pushing them into voting for Cap and Trade, the stimulus and Obamacare, Blue Dog numbers are shrinking. According to this article, things might get worse for Blue Dogs:
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 re-election. More than a half-dozen others are facing treacherous contests in which their re-election 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.”
While there’s no doubt that redistricting didn’t help Blue Dog Democrats, it’s true that their refusal to fight against the stimulus, Obamacare and Cap and Trade hasn’t helped either.
When Collin Peterson switched from opposing Cap and Trade to supporting it because he’d received some meaningless tradeoffs, the Blue Dog brand was tarnished.
When Bart Stupak switched his support for Obamacare after holding out against Obamacare because it contained government funding for abortions, the Blue Dog brand took a hit.
After the Obamacare votes, the joke was that the Stupaks and Petersons were Blue Dogs “until Pelosi told them they couldn’t be” for a bill. While that might sound logical in DC, people in the real world demand that their representatives be principled people, not politicians with their hands out waiting for the next deal.
Blue Dog Democrats voted for too many far left pieces of legislation to pass themselves off as centrists. Far too often, they’ve let Ms. Pelosi push them around.
Ironically, GOP majorities in the House and Senate, coupled with a Romney administration, might invigorate the Blue Dog brand. This isn’t good news for Blue Dogs:
Boswell, meanwhile, is competing against GOP Rep. Tom Latham in a new southwestern Iowa-based district. While Boswell at first appeared to be the early front-runner, Democrats now worry about his slow fundraising pace compared with Latham’s ever-ballooning war chest. Latham has also received air support from American Crossroads, a deep-pocketed third-party group that has crowded the airwaves with TV ads taking aim at Boswell.
If Rep. Latham keeps raising money at a fast clip, that could lead to November difficulties for Boswell. The fact that Boswell’s fundraising totals are worrying Democrats says that he isn’t getting the voter support he’ll need this cycle.
That isn’t good news going against a polished incumbent.