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    The House leadership really has very little they can punish the Blue Dogs with.

    •  Then who's leading who? (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't know what Nancy Pelosi can do and still maintain her post as speaker.  But now is the time to find out.  She's the expert, not me, and it's a matter for her to decide.

      What I can do is call for, help fund, and work on a primary challenge to at least some of the Blue Dog Democrats who insist on giving Bush a blank check.  We've got a comfortable 31 seat advantage in the House. We can selectively target, say, 15 of those Blue Dogs who insist on sending more troops to Iraq.  

      John Barrow and Jim Marshall of Georgia -- both of whom I've donated to in the past -- should be prime targets.   And I'm not some rabid purity Democrat.  I'm on the right fringe of the party on almost every issue.  I'm a Blue Dog Democrat.

      I know very well how difficult it is for a Democrat to win in some districts.  But ask yourself this -- what American would disagree with any of what John Murtha is saying?  And if John Murtha can say it, John Barrow can too. He just isn't willing to risk the fight.

      This war is different from every other policy issue.  If a Blue Dog needs to have a conservative voting record, I'm fine with them voting against the party on almost every issue. Let them have a 99% conservative voting record.  But I've got a bright red line on the war in Iraq, and this vote is where the 1% Democrat needs to shine through.  Either you stand against the war, or you don't get my support. Period.  

      A conscientious man would be cautious how he dealt in blood.

      by decon on Thu Mar 15, 2007 at 12:06:02 PM PDT

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