Heath Shuler Proposes Extending Blue Dog Losses

The 2010 congressional elections should have sent a clear message to Democrats in Congress: Voters don’t like Blue Dogs. The Blue Dog Coalition, a right wing group of Democrats in the House of Representatives, spent the last two years blocking progressive legislation and forcing compromises that packed Democratic bills with policies favored by the Republicans.

The Blue Dog Democrats thought that if they voted like Republicans, they’d be able to capture independent voters and keep Democratic voters too. But, that’s not how it worked out. Democratic voters, disgusted with the Blue Dogs, didn’t volunteer or donate for members of the coalition, and didn’t turn out to vote for them.

Blue Dogs had a much worse performance in the 2010 elections than liberal Democrats did. The average margin of victory for Blue Dog Democrats in the House was far below the average margin of victory for other Democrats. The ranks of the Blue Dog Coalition are starkly diminished in the House.

At first, U.S. Representative Heath Shuler, a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, seems to have understood the implications of the Blue Dogs’ electoral failure. “To take the same approach that we have during these last two years is not going to get us where we need to go as a party,” he says.

However, Shuler isn’t calling for the disintegration of the right wing Blue Dog Coalition. He’s actually attempting to get other Democrats in Congress to join in with the shrunken Blue Dog pack. Shuler is challenging Nancy Pelosi for the position of Speaker of the House on the grounds that the Democrats should be led by someone who will apply the Blue Dog strategy to the entire Democratic caucus.

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  1. Do not allow Heath Shuler to use his significantly deminished power and former popularity to push Nancy Pelosi out. The Blue Dogs lost the election for a reason. The Republicans do not have the average American’s best inteest at heart, they love, adored and coddle the rich. Democrats want real liberals representing us in Washington – not Blue Dog “Democrats” hiding in plain site. Hopefully this time you will listen to your constituents. We are as angry as the Tea Party voters. They have had it with Republicans who don’t listen to their needs – and so are we. Nancy Pelosi has proven to be the leader we need. We need representitives with spine and backbone. Shuler’s only objective is to sell us out to the highest bidder – either the Republicans or Lobbyist. We don’t need that type of so-called Democrat representing us. Democrats need to begin to listen to their constituents – just as the Republicans are listening to the Tea Party voters. Be LIBERALS AND LET REPUBLICANS BE CONSERVATIVES. DON’T BE ASHAMED TO BE LIBERALS. LIBERAL IS NOT A BAD WORD. IT’S ONLY BAD AS IT ROLLS OF THE TONGUE OF THE REPUBLICANS. WE WANT YOU TO BE THE LIBERALS WE VOTED FOR AND WHOM WE SENT BACK TO WASHINGTON.

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