November 06, 2014
Death of the Blue Dogs

From Down With Tyranny!:

One trend that was interesting last night is that clear, strong progressives like Jeff Merkley (OR), Tom Udall (NM), Brian Schatz (HI) and Al Franken (MN) — who had massive right-wing money thrown at them — won, while conservative Democrats like Mark Warner, Mary Landrieu, Mark Udall, and Kay Hagan stumbled and the most conservative Democrat of all, Mark Pryor, lost badly. In the House, conservative Democrats — Blue Dogs and New Dems — lost everywhere, even in Democratic districts…

So, every single PVI neutral district with the exception of Israel’s own (which, honor among thieves, the NRCC doesn’t contest) and that of fellow Wall Street whore Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18, which was extremely close) is now in the hands of the Republicans. The Blue Dogs were effectively wiped out and this was a very bad cycle for the Republican wing of the Democratic Party.

I had missed this political factoid in Tuesday night’s general catastrophe, but it seems logical and significant. Why would an actual Democrat bother turning out to vote for a phony one?


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at November 06, 2014 05:45 PM
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And, why vote for conservative Democrats if you can have the real thing? Something similar is happening over here in Germany. The Social Democratic Party went more neocon than the Christian conservatives and now they wonder why no-one votes for them any more. If you want to overtake some right-winger you should keep to the left hand of the road.

Posted by: Peter on November 7, 2014 7:57 AM

Red Wave in America! Hey, all you leftists and liberals, you even let the conservatives steal your color! Who used to say "better dead than red!"? How is the Left going to call themselves in the future? Yellow?

Posted by: Peter on November 7, 2014 11:53 AM
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