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Blue dogs

By Owen Paine on Saturday January 14, 2006 07:48 PM

Blue dog reps are the children of the Dixiecrats. Fifty years ago -- okay, seventy -- they had an unholy and unacknowledged alliance with the darkest side of the Vatican. Now, of course, Fort Zion has replaced Mons Vaticanus.

Starting with the Congress of 1937 -- except in moments of intoxication or threatened riot -- these bastards, in league with the Republicans, easily blocked the legislative door to all serious reform movements in modern America. Okay, you progressives, here's your mission if you choose to accept it:

Drive these Blue Dog reps out. Throw their seats to the Republican party, where it really belongs.

To this end, over the next few months, we'll zero in on which of these can be removed by a vigorous, general-election, third-party left hemisphere challenge. As I mentioned earlier, Jane Harman is a sitting duck if there ever was one.

Here's the full Blue Dog special list:
  • Joe Baca (California)
  • John Barrow (Georgia)
  • Marion Berry (Arkansas)
  • Sanford Bishop (Georgia)
  • Dan Boren (Oklahoma)
  • Leonard Boswell (Iowa)
  • Allen Boyd (Florida)
  • Dennis Cardoza (California)
  • Ed Case (Hawaii)
  • Ben Chandler (Kentucky)
  • Jim Cooper (Tennessee)
  • Jim Costa (California)
  • Bud Cramer (Alabama)
  • Lincoln Davis (Tennessee)
  • Harold Ford, Jr. (Tennessee)
  • Jane Harman (California)
  • Stephanie Herseth (South Dakota)
  • Tim Holden (Pennsylvania)
  • Steve Israel (New York)
  • Jim Matheson (Utah)
  • Mike McIntyre (North Carolina)
  • Charlie Melancon (Louisiana)
  • Mike Michaud (Maine)
  • Dennis Moore (Kansas)
  • Collin Peterson (Minnesota)
  • Earl Pomeroy (North Dakota)
  • Mike Ross (Arkansas)
  • John Salazar (Colorado)
  • Loretta Sanchez (California)
  • Adam Schiff (California)
  • David Scott (Georgia)
  • John Tanner (Tennessee)
  • Ellen Tauscher (California)
  • Gene Taylor (Mississippi)
  • Mike Thompson (California)
Any one of these -- electing a Republican instead wouldn't even be a tatical sacrifice, it would be an improvement.

Comments (1)

Tim Dempsey:

Don't forget about Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) in the House of Reps. He voted for the Class Action Fairness Act (I love the names that they come up with for these things, don't you?) and for the Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection (aka the infamous Bankruptcy "reform" bill), as well as for all those soak-the-poor tax cuts.

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