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  •  2006 (3+ / 0-)
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    cassandraX, RoIn, Icicle68

    was when we had all the Blue Dogs elected to the House.
    I live in Kansas and would be thrilled to have a blue dog represent me in the House, but it will never happen (R+27 district). They were fiscal conservatives that also turned out to be social conservatives. Worse than moderate Republicans, for that matter.
    Democrats have spent the last 3 cycles trying to get rid of them. So was it a winning strategy?

    “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

    by skohayes on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 04:58:20 AM PST

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    •  great point (9+ / 0-)

      I think a key modification is to GOTprogressiveV in the South. It really is there, just discouraged from voting because "everyone knows" that a Southern state will vote GOP.

      I'm a native Southerner. There are plenty of progressives in those red states. Unfortunately, the conservatives are louder and meaner.... But there is a long tradition of "live and let live" in the rural South, one that could give social liberals common ground with these voters. And honestly, many Southerners resent the sanctimonious rightwingers that they have to deal with on a daily basis. They just cede politics to those bullies because the constant message they hear is that the bullies represent the majority.

      "'Things would be a lot worse without us,' is not a winning campaign slogan." Barney Frank

      by cassandraX on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 05:27:42 AM PST

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    •  MD-01 also had a blue dog. (1+ / 0-)
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      ironically, less effective for the Eastern Shore than the preceding Republican, Wayne Gilchrest.

      And he was so clueless and dithering on health insurance reform ... Which the Eastern Shore desperately needs.

      The current Rep. Is hopeless. An ALECbot.

      Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

      by dadadata on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 05:33:03 AM PST

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      •  That's my entire state legislature (ALEC-bots) (3+ / 0-)
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        Okay, we have some Democrats here, but they might as well be wall hangings.

        “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

        by skohayes on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 07:21:31 AM PST

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