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  •  Best silver lining of 2010 (11+ / 0-)

    Is that the odious, preening, Asshole Caucus (AKA: The Blue Dogs) got their keisters handed to them, and their little group got decimated.

    I'm sorry, but we're at a point now where if the best Democrat that can get elected is more or less a Republican with a D next to their name, then it's not worth electing that "Democrat".

    We can't have a caucus that is a quarter full of people who will readily vote with the opposition because they are more suited to their ideology than the one of the party they actually get elected to be a part of.

    I realize that we'll probably never (not in this environment anyway) have a caucus full of super progressives or anything, but if "Moderate Democrat" translates into "Blue Dog Backstabbing Traitor" then I don't want them.

    I'll take actual moderates, if any exist, happily. I will not take a Brutus Caucus anymore. It has to end, and hopefully 2010 has opened the eyes of progressive activists to that.

    •  In my opinion (2+ / 0-)
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      Odysseus, Matt Z

      that is the most significant result of the '10 elections.

      The mark of the Blue Dogs wasn't that they were moderates.  The ones that mattered were actual conservatives.  They were getting reelected (many times) in districts that haven't given a national Democrat a majority in 30+ years.  They claimed to stand for the legitimate Democrat(ic) Party, i.e. the pre-1968 version.  Before egghead liberals and brown skinned people hijacked the place, y'know.

      I think we have maybe a dozen such conservatives left in the House and several in the Senate.  They'll lose most of their remaining numbers in '12, possibly the rest in '14.

      This election was probably the final chapter of the Old Democrats.  It's the beginning of the end of the longstanding cultural/generational split or schism in the Party.

      We will see moderate/centrist Democrats elected again, no doubt.  (Democrats should resurge nationally in 2014.)  But they won't have an established right flank of Rightist and center Rightist Blue Dogs to give them cover and actually in search of recruits.  They will be exposed, they will be the right flank and with little incumbency or seniority.  They have to justify their moves to the right fully.

      What this past election means is that we've trimmed almost all Rightism out of the Party.  The last reactionaries (more on social rights than anything else) essentially went out in '94/'96.  The Rightists (mostly on waging wars) mostly departed in '02/'04.  And in '10 we've shed the bulk of the center Rightists (which are about keeping the wealthy in dough).

      At the same time we've been losing the remaining conservative constituencies.  The Northern ethnic working class conservatives are practically gone.  I don't hear much about the tiny pro-Israel Right in the Party anymore (other than Joe Lieberman, that is).  The last Southern white conservatives have walked away.  Conservative-ish black voters seem to be staying in pretty much only for Obama at this point.

      The realignment to ideological divisions and the end of the old ethnic/tribal voter blocs is nearly complete.

      Frantic orthodoxy is never rooted in faith but in doubt. It is when we are unsure that we are doubly sure. -Reinhold Niebuhr

      by killjoy on Sun Dec 12, 2010 at 07:28:28 PM PST

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