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  •  In my paper yesterday (7+ / 0-)

    Dallas Morning News columnist

    It’s never been especially easy to be a Blue Dog. Fellow Democrats view them as too conservative. Republicans keep trying to bump them off.
    The National Republican Congressional Committee, led by Dallas Rep. Pete Sessions, taunted after the Pennsylvania defeats that Blue Dogs are edging “ever closer to extinction.”

     In the GOP campaign group’s view, the Blue Dogs deserve to be kicked to the curb because, rather than challenging the agenda of Democratic leader and former Speaker  Nancy Pelosi, they served as her “lap dogs” in 2009 and 2010, providing key support for stimulus measures and the health care overhaul.

    Cuellar and other Blue Dogs blame redistricting. Almost invariably, centrist Democrats spring from swing districts where a liberal would have little chance in a general election — just the sorts of districts that make the juiciest targets for Republicans.
    Erick Erickson, editor of the influential RedState blog, wrote Friday that the “decline and fall of the Blue Dog Coalition” is great for Republicans, because the more liberal the Democrats become, the harder it is for them to win swing voters, locally or nationally. “Their true colors ruin their chances,” he wrote.

    Thus it appears we are moving toward a battle royale of ideologies, as the extreme right tea partiers have thinned out any moderately inclined Republicans, and the mirror example is occuring with Democrats.

    from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

    by Catte Nappe on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 03:35:59 PM PDT

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