It all started in 1995 during the Clinton admin…..Dems, some Dems, were ultra-conservative Democrats that came together in our Congress….but for a more in-depth look at these, in my opinion, party cowards…..if there are DINOs then these people are the very definition.
The Blue Dog Coalition was created in 1995 to represent the commonsense, moderate voice of the Democratic Party, appealing to mainstream American values. The Blue Dogs are leaders in Congress who are committed to pursuing fiscally-responsible policies, ensuring a strong national defense, and transcending party lines to do what’s best for the American people.
The name “Blue Dog” was inspired by the famous Blue Dog paintings by Cajun artist George Rodrigue. The term is also based on the long-time tradition of referring to a strong Democratic Party supporter as being a “Yellow Dog Democrat,” who would have “sooner voted for a yellow dog than a Republican.” The founding members of the Blue Dogs said they felt that they had been “choked blue” by the extremes of both political parties, leading to the Coalition’s name.
Since 2010 their numbers have been declining for why have a Dem conserv when you have those thugs in the GOP….
But as I say they are declining…..(which is a godsend, IMO)
Blue Dog Democrats are seen as a moderate bloc in the House—a “fiscally conservative, pro-national security caucus” among Democrats that acts as a counter to progressives, per Roll Call. After the 2008 elections, the group had a healthy 54 members. Today, however, the number is down to seven, the lowest in the group’s long history, reports Politico. It might have been 15, but seven members have bowed out and an eighth is undecided. This group, which includes Abigail Spanberger of Virginia and Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey, wanted the Blue Dogs to ditch their name and rebrand as the Common Sense Coalition, per Politico.
When a vote on the name change failed, the exodus began. Spanberger’s camp (she and Sherrill were the last two female members) worries that the group still carries a stigma of a “boys’ club,” as Politico puts it, from its Southern roots. Remaining members, including four members of color, dispute that. “It seems like it’s been a pretty diverse group of people over the last four years,” says an unnamed member. “I’m not thinking of 30 years ago. I don’t really entertain that type of critique.” As small as they are, Blue Dogs could still wield influence, both sites note. Given the Republicans’ slim majority, even a handful of votes can make a difference in the current House.
The Democratic Party is dying as well and personally I believe the Blue Dogs are speeding the demise up.
That is my opinion but others see it not so differently…..(the DNC sucks!)
The future of the Democratic Party is bleak.
Up until recently in possession of the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives, the Democrats have failed to accomplish anything meaningful, anything that improves the quality of our lives.
Voters tend to notice that sort of thing.
However, the DNC’s problem isn’t merely about contemporary underperformance; it’s not about Joe Manchin or Kristin Sinema’s moderate-conservative disruption of the liberal agenda.
No, the DNC’s problem is much deeper and more profound; the Democrat’s problem is the culmination of a four-decade ethos shift that has left what was once the party of the people a shriveled, impotent shell of its former self.
The Democratic Party is supposed to protect the middle class. And through the middle of the twentieth century, the Dems did just that.
Middle-class voters (i.e. the majority of Americans) responded favorably, and the results were politically prosperous – the Dems dominated federal elections; The Dems held the White House from 1933 until 1953 and then again from 1961 until 1969 – and once more from 1977 until 1981. Liberals also dominated the Supreme Court, where Chief Justice Warren led a nearly two-decade run of consistently progressive case rulings.
More importantly, during this time period of Dem vitality, America prospered. The American middle class was the envy of the world; long overdue reforms regarding race and gender were implemented; the American dream was a tangible thing – rather than just a campaign slogan – available to an ever-increasing swath of the U.S. population. The GOP had a powerful counterpoint in a righteous, convicted Democratic Party that knew how to win elections and knew how to govern. Professor Mark Lilla called this era the “Roosevelt Dispensation,” which “pictured an America where citizens were involved in a collective enterprise to guard one another against risk, hardship, and the denial of fundamental rights.”
Why the Democratic Party Is Dying
The Dems are now the Party of war….the middle class is not safe with the Dems nor the GOP.
I have been calling for a third party that has the interests of the workers and the middle class at their core…..we have none of that with our party system these days.
I Read, I Write, You Know
“lego ergo scribo”
8 thoughts on “Blue Dogs–A Dying Breed”
Third parties have always turned out to be noisy and useless in the long run.
Yeah and that is because they cannot have a chance because of the laws in the different states…..and the idiocy of the voter. chuq
Yeah, we really need to get rid of state’s rights…
John I have a draft on state’s rights just trying to find a day to post it……chuq
Looking forward to seeing the list of states rights. I never paid much attention in school.
JUst my thoughts on why these ‘rights’ do more harm than good. chuq
I had never heard of Blue Dogs, but would have assumed that all Democrat presidents in my lifetime were one.
Best wishes, Pete.
Not really….they began with Clinton and most since have been of the same vane…..more conserv than some GOPers chuq