• Kevin Boland
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  • 04/25/2012

Blue Dogs Headed for Extinction, Pushing Washington Democrats Even Further to the Left


A story in this morning’s National Journal confirms that Blue Dog Democrats, after rubber stamping President Obama’s failed agenda, are increasingly diminishing in numbers. What’s worse, they’re being replaced in primaries across America by Democrats more in the mold of Nancy Pelosi than Bill Clinton – helping to future marginalize a party that’s largely the province of places like San Francisco and Boston. 

National Journal has the details: 

“The Blue Dogs' bark in Congress is sounding more and more like a whimper.

“The once-powerful coalition of conservative Democrats suffered two more casualties on Tuesday as Rep. Jason Altmire, D-Pa., lost to fellow Democratic Rep. Mark Critz, and Rep. Tim Holden, D-Pa., was ousted by political newcomer Matt Cartwright.

Congressional elections are just underway in 2012 but the Blue Dog losses are already starting to pile up, as several senior members have opted to retire, others face more challenging districts and those who've confronted the voters -- Altmire and Holden -- have been involuntarily sent packing.

Only two short years ago, the Blue Dog Coalition numbered 54 as Democrats controlled the House. But they were decimated by the 2010 elections, as many of the GOP victories came at the expense of moderate Democrats who had previously held those swing districts.

By the swearing-in of the 112th Congress, the Blue Dogs' numbers had been cut in half. Now, they are flirting with slipping into the teens....

“Republicans used redistricting to remap Blue Dogs across the country into less favorable terrain. In North Carolina, two Blue Dog congressmen, Larry Kissell and Mike McIntyre, are atop the GOP target list after being put into more GOP heavy seats. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has already reserved more than $2 million in television time to hold those seats. In Utah, the state's lone Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson must campaign in new terrain to keep his job.

“One telling statistic about the atrophying coalition: If that trio of Blue Dogs lose, only four of the 34 House Democrats who voted against Obama's health care law would return to Congress in 2013.”

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