Is There A Resurrection In Progress?

As Easter approached the term “resurrection” becomes more and more popular in our society and what better time to offer an political opinion than now?

The big news of the week is the election of a Dem in Western Pennsylvania a deep red district……..

It is still officially too close to call, but Conor Lamb has declared an against-the-odds Democratic victory in the special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th District. He was introduced as “Congressman-elect Lamb” at a Hilton Inn campaign party, even as officials were counting hundreds of absentee ballots, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. “It took a little longer than we thought, but we did it. You did it!” said Lamb, whose Republican opponent, Rick Saccone, has not conceded. Unofficial results put Lamb ahead by around 600 votes. The margin is narrow enough for supporters of either side to get a recount if they can find three voters in the same precinct who attest to error or fraud, the AP reports.

The district voted for President Trump by 20 points in 2016 and has been so reliably Republican in recent years that Democrats didn’t field a candidate in the 2014 and 2016 House races, meaning the result will be a major worry for the GOP heading into the midterms even if it ends up as a narrow Republican win, the New York Times notes. Trump campaigned in the district and Republican-aligned outside groups spent more than $10 million on the race, even though the winner will only hold the seat for eight months. “The real impact of this race has to do more with the symbolism of the outcome as a harbinger of things to come, and as a reflection of President Trump’s popularity,” pollster Chris Borick tells the Post-Gazette.

And of course the media is painting it as a “blue wave” year coming in the November mid-terms…..but to me the humorous story to come pout of this election is that Lamb is a Repub….(I know…say what?)…..

the RNC and its supporters reversed course and seized on a false talking point that Lamb’s victory was unusual because he was “pro-life” and basically ran as a Republican.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) told reporters that the result was not a “big surprise” because both candidates “ran as a pro-life anti-Nancy Pelosi conservative.”

(think progress)

Brings a smile to my face and as moronic as his statement sounded……. deep down Ryan may have a point…..

WTF, Professsor?

Lamb sounds like a “Blue Dog Democrat”….(I will pause here for all the people that have NO idea what I am saying to hit the Google button)…..(Times up!)

A Blue Dog Democrat is a member of Congress who is moderate or more conservative in their voting record and political philosophy than other, more liberal, Democrats in the House and Senate. The Blue Dog Democrat, however, has become an increasingly rare breed in American politics as voters and elected officials become more partisan and polarized in their beliefs.

To make it easier to understand…..A Blue Dog Democrat is one who views himself/herself as being in the middle of the partisan spectrum and as an advocate for fiscal restraint at the federal level

The preamble to the Blue Dog Caucus in the House describes its members as being “dedicated to the financial stability and national security of the country, notwithstanding partisan political positions and personal fortune.” (sounds like a Repub to me)

Members of the Blue Dog Democrat coalition listed among their legislative priorities a “Pay-As-You-Go Act,” which require that any legislation that requires an outlay of taxpayer money cannot increase the deficit. (still smells like a Repub)

They also supported balancing the federal budget, closing tax loopholes, and cutting spending through the elimination of programs they feel don’t work.

For further information on Blue Dogs…..

http://content.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1913057,00.html

I give all this information to my readers for I see a return of the Blue Dog Democrats……Dems finding  a way to win elections in an ever expanding conservative base….Clinton-esque crap of the Democratic Leadership Council……

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8 thoughts on “Is There A Resurrection In Progress?

  1. Blue Dog Democrat is a political label that once was big, but has since been lost in the self-storage unit of political history.

    The last politician I heard use the term Blue Dog Democrat was Ben Jones (No relation to Barnaby). Jones was a 2-term Democrat representing Georgia in the House of Representatives from 89-93. After some re-redistricting in 94, he found himself going up against soon-to-be-speaker Newt Gingrich and…unfortunately for everyone not named “Newt”…he lost. Jones always pitched the Blue Dog banner as a Southern compromise, “honest brokers”. To him, they were folks in-between the parties who could compromise to break through what would later be known as “partisan gridlock” in order to get things done. He tried a comeback in 2002, running against another Republican up & comer Eric Cantor. Some say the political climate had changed far too much for his style to still work.

    Some of you may better know Ben Jones as the car-repair “magician” and struggling small businessman….Cooter Davenport on The Dukes of Hazzard. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Jones_(American_actor_and_politician)

    “Breaker one, Breaker one, I might be crazy but I ain’t dumb, Craaaazy Cooter comin’ atcha, come on.”

    1. The Dems are moving more Right to win in the Red States and districts……ergo the Blue Dogs are making a comeback…they may label themselves something else but if the shoe fits wear it…..chuq

      1. One can legitimately argue that it’s an okay tactic in The South, especially the Red-ist districts.

        Like Crazy Cooter said…Blue Dogs stand a better chance of winning in places where a solid Lefty Democrat wouldn’t have a prayer. And yes, they can serve as go-betweens/middle ground for the 2 parties, which can be useful in today’s hostile climate. Ultimately, would you rather have had Ben Jones or Newt Gingrich in Georgia? It’s pretty damn obvious which was worse for America. If it means Democrats win only 5-10 more House votes a term, it’s still better than losing them. Not ideal, but ANY victory lately requires a damn miracle. (For the record…I enjoyed saying “Yeeehah!” for Jones’ 4 years.)

        But…and I must stress this…that should NEVER…EVER…be a national trend! Even in some urban/gerrymandered districts in The South (Austin?), you can run a true Lefty and have a half-decent chance. The Blue Dog strategy should be thought of more as “It’s a Blue Dog, or we don’t run anybody and save money for elsewhere.”

        What the Clinton-Era Democrats did was move the entire party towards the Gingrich crowd. They responded by moving Republicans further right, at which point the Clinton Crowd moved Democrats even further right. HUGE mistake for both Democrats & the country..and the whole damn world, as it became a global trend (ie Tony Blair’s New Labour).

        Candidate selection is a complicated formula..especially since it’s supposedly up to Primary voters. All politics is local, as they say, so maybe the local yokels know something. It’s also worth mentioning gerrymandering makes Blue Dogging more attractive as a strategy. Fix one problem, the other may just fix itself.

      2. We are trying to fix the problem but not happening as long as the GOP has any majority role…..Blue Dogs were too “moral” for me in the Bible thumping….like my ex Rep Taylor….good guy but too far Right for my liking…..chuq

      3. Yeah, you’ve probably seen the Blue Dog “bitter pill” up close. It can’t be easy, but the alternative is worse…and getting worse every election. If it helps, consider it “the sacrifice” you make for living in a redneck backwater (Hehe) But again I say “the strategy must be REGIONAL ONLY!”

        I live in a 3-ish (sometimes 5) party state. So I’m used to having options. On occasion, I’ve actually had 3 viable potential winners to pick from locally…socialist NDP, Blue Dog Liberals & increasingly conservative Conservatives (Never!) However, due to the vote splitting of the idiotic “First Past The Post” elections…that leaves a HELL of a lot of wildly speculative, agonizing, fearful, homework for centre-left voters trying to stop Conservative victories. Your local Primaries can do that work for you. All you gotta do is “mark your X” (or whatever it is you do) on election day….and then pray Russian hackers don’t make it disappear.

      4. We have here a moron as a Rep and an idiot in the Senate…we cannot win……people here vote with their damn Bible……chuq

      5. Well…that’s done wut happens when you residualize in a district fulla these here kinda folk.

        Majority rules! Yeehah!

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