How will the Blue Dogs fare?

Bye Bye Blue Dogs? Conservative Democrats who voted for the Obama agenda are an endangered species


The Blue Dogs came to life in 1995, formed by Democratic House members who felt "choked blue" by a party shifting left. The coalition promised voters like those in Dixie County that they'd fight for fiscal conservatism and push back against tax-and-spend. Mr. Boyd was elected in 1996 on his pledges to the coalition and has been riding his membership ever since.

Today the Blue Dog label is a liability. At 54 members strong, the coalition had the muscle to block budget-busting Obama initiatives such as stimulus or health reform. Many of its members, including Mr. Boyd, instead gave the tax-and-spenders their victories.

Comment: Will be interesting to watch. Blue Dogs are fiscally conservative Democrats!

Blue Dog Coalition page

Highlighted (linked) ones at risk!

Altmire, Jason (PA-04)
Arcuri, Mike (NY-24);
Baca, Joe (CA-43)
Barrow, John (GA-12)
Berry, Marion (AR-01)
Bishop, Sanford (GA-02)
Boren, Dan (OK-02)
Boswell, Leonard (IA-03)
Boyd, Allen (FL-02)
Bright, Bobby (AL-02)
Cardoza, Dennis (CA-18)
Carney, Christopher (PA-10)
Chandler, Ben (KY-06)
Childers, Travis (MS-01)
Cooper, Jim (TN-05)
Costa, Jim (CA-20)
Cuellar, Henry (TX-28)
Dahlkemper, Kathy (PA-03)
Davis, Lincoln (TN-04)
Donnelly, Joe (IN-02)
Ellsworth, Brad (IN-08)
Giffords, Gabrielle (AZ-08)
Gordon, Bart (TN-06)
Harman, Jane (CA-36)
Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie (SD)
Hill, Baron (IN-09)
Holden, Tim (PA-17)
Kratovil, Jr., Frank (MD-01)
McIntyre, Mike (NC-07)
Markey, Betsy (CO-04)
Marshall, Jim (GA-08)
Matheson, Jim (UT-02)
Melancon, Charlie (LA-03)
Michaud, Mike (ME-02)
Minnick, Walt (ID-01)
Mitchell, Harry (AZ-05)
Moore, Dennis (KS-03)
Murphy, Patrick (PA-08)
Murphy, Scott (NY-20)
Nye, Glenn (VA-02)
Peterson, Collin (MN-07)
Pomeroy, Earl (ND)
Ross, Mike (AR-04)
Salazar, John (CO-03)
Sanchez, Loretta (CA-47)
Schiff, Adam (CA-29)
Schrader, Kurt (OR-05)
Scott, David (GA-13)
Shuler, Heath (NC-11)
Space, Zack (OH-18)
Tanner, John (TN-08)
Taylor, Gene (MS-04)
Thompson, Mike (CA-01)
Wilson, Charles (OH-06)

Comment: In cases where the Blue Dog Democrat voted for the health care bill, they generally are at risk (eg. Kansas 3rd District)


  1. Interesting: Gibbs predicts Democratic majority retention

    Gibbs says that it's his view that Democrats will retain control of both the House and the Senate.

    The House now has 255 Democrats, 178 Republican, with two vacancies. In the Senate, there are 57 Democrats, 41 Republicans and two independents who usually vote with Democrats.

  2. Also consider: Dems find careers threatened by Obamacare votes: "The rule seems to be that casting a decisive vote for Obamacare tends to be a career-ender"


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