Blue Dog revolt in the House?

posted at 12:15 pm on March 3, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Have conservative Democrats in the House had enough of Deadbeatonomics?  Congressional Quarterly reports that almost 50 members of the Democratic caucus may start blocking key points of the Barack Obama agenda.  Not surprisingly, they hail from districts Obama failed to carry in 2008:

Democratic Reps. Jim Matheson of Utah and Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona have joined a quiet revolt in the House that could slow some of President Obama’s fast-moving priorities.

The two are among 49 Democrats from congressional districts that backed Republican Sen. John McCain ’s 2008 presidential race and whose support for the Democratic majority’s progressive agenda is increasingly not assured.

A dozen of them were among 20 House Democrats who voted against the $410 billion discretionary fiscal 2009 spending package (HR 1105) on Feb. 25. Another group later forced House leaders to sideline a contentious bill (HR 1106) to allow bankruptcy judges to modify home loans.

I wondered when some of these Democrats would remember that they have to get elected in 2010.  I guarantee you that Republicans have not forgotten it.  While the House Republican Caucus would like to partner with the Blue Dogs to take the edge off of Deadbeatonomics, they will certainly get aggressive in conservative districts next year in an attempt to wrest control of the House back from Nancy Pelosi and put an end to the trillion-dollar giveaways of Obama and Tim Geithner.

However, it’s a mistake to think that they will act as a group on all of the agenda points, and that may be a strategy by Pelosi to keep them in the House in 2011.  If a Blue Dog votes for Porkulus but not the omnibus, he can argue that he attempted some fiscal responsibility.  Others may vote for the omnibus but not the expiration of the Bush tax cuts.  Others may vote to raise some taxes and not others.  It’s a game of whack-a-mole that would allow them to claim to support their conservative-minded constituencies while providing no practical obstacle to Obama’s Deadbeatonomics.


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Steele IS doing his job, he is a RiNO out to secure power for the New England moonbat establishment.

sven10077 on March 3, 2009 at 1:40 PM

I wouldn’t go so far as to call Steele a RINO but he clearly is working to keep the rat bastards of the McCain wing happy instead of working to shore up the base that is more responsive to the conservative message. It’s going to take some really bad returns on the RNC fundraising campaigns with the explanation that a party which funds Quislings like Specter and Snowe is unworthy of financial support.

highhopes on March 3, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Every single economic “idea” coming from the Obama administration is a HISTORICALLY PROVEN FAILURE.

Who is going to invest a dime in that climate?

NoDonkey on March 3, 2009 at 1:44 PM

You are basically correct. However, people who have to live on their investment income have a catch 22. If you are all in cash interest rates are to low to even keep up with inflation. This forces some investment risk for higher yields.

duff65 on March 3, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Yeah, I’m waiting on that thread; I’m soooooo glad Obama enjoys likening Americans 401k’s and other investments as a little polling problem. I hate him more and more every day.

anniekc on March 3, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Captain Eloquence stumbled onto a bitter truth….

“change” is not meaning what many thought it would…

sven10077 on March 3, 2009 at 2:08 PM

It’s going to take some really bad returns on the RNC fundraising campaigns with the explanation that a party which funds Quislings like Specter and Snowe is unworthy of financial support.

highhopes on March 3, 2009 at 2:04 PM

I’ve done my part….

I have not nor will I in the future donate any more money to the GOP unless they start showing some conservative teste.

I donated to the campaign of Captain Juan Rino USN despite my political hatred of him from fear of Ogabe….I will NOT fund the GOP being his enablers in chief.

sven10077 on March 3, 2009 at 2:09 PM

If you are all in cash interest rates are to low to even keep up with inflation. This forces some investment risk for higher yields.

duff65 on March 3, 2009 at 2:04 PM

one nice byproduct of the coming implosion is that risk valuation will again mean more than a game by Parker Brothers and rates will rise.

sven10077 on March 3, 2009 at 2:11 PM

But I don’t think it’s the result of Obama’s policies as I have stated many times before. DeathToMediaHacks on March 3, 2009 at 1:26 PM

Are you stupid or somethin?

“Have another gulp of that delicious grape koolaid. It will help you think clearly.”

saiga on March 3, 2009 at 2:14 PM

One of Idahos congress critters is a blue dog newly elected and so far he has voted against every pork bill to appear (not sure about the minibus pork bill)…

JIMV on March 3, 2009 at 2:15 PM

“I only trashed the economy a little bit” won’t be a great campaign slogan. There are a lot of people who can’t wait to vote in 2010 and that slogan will fail to persuade them.

Done That on March 3, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Obama is clearly driving the stock market down. What do you expect when the market gets reminded every day that the POTUS is intentionally trying to kill acheivement, success, and individual freedoms. It’s not just bad news for the market, but bad news for all the water carriers in the country.

Unfortunately, the water drinkers are so enchanted with “pie in the sky”, they don’t know what they are really looking at.

The market and country won’t recover until Obama wises up about reality vs fantacy land. Rewarding deadbeats and spanking achivement.

saiga on March 3, 2009 at 2:23 PM

DeathToMediaHacks on March 3, 2009 at 1:26 PM

(my folks followed her advice and got out of the market quickly

My parents were concerned that their bank was going to be closed. So they decided to get their money out of the bank, but due to signed contracts, they had to pay-off all loans (which were business related) to get the money out. TO pay back the loans my dad had to liquidate all his stock\mutual fund holdings in July 2008. An example where the threat of bank failure helps. The bank finally shutdown this past weekend.

The market was due for a tumble because its most powerful institutions were compromised.

Cannot prove or disprove your statement, but I would contend that market already knew these institutions were in bad shape.

Markets, first and formost, need stability and confidence to survive and thrive. Obama’s policies represent too much change for the current economic climate. If Obama were to simply let the Bush tax cuts expire (which I disagree with), kept spending in-line, and had a clear bank plan, the market would be reacting better than we are seeing. All this cap-and-trade, health care initiatives, etc. are just too much for the market to absorb.

Obama needs to inspire stability and confidence in the market. I will admit he was handed a tough situation (I am pissed that Bush administration panicked last year), but Obama’s numerous policies and lack of executive experience are the wrong medicine for what ails the economy.

WashJeff on March 3, 2009 at 2:23 PM

I think the democraps realize the american people
are abolutly pissed off and about ready to march on washington..

They dont want to loose tier cushy do nothing jobs
So they are trying to act responsible..

To late..
We need to clean house Now..

jcila on March 3, 2009 at 2:30 PM

However, people who have to live on their investment income have a catch 22. If you are all in cash interest rates are to low to even keep up with inflation. This forces some investment risk for higher yields.

I would say though that a 3% return beats a -25% return, which is what we’ve got since Obama-Mugabe was coronated.

Perhaps the solution is to just spend it all on wild parties and buying houses/cars we can’t afford.

Then we’ll be eligible for the feckless loser bailout plan, which is undoubtedly the next Obama-Mugabe-Pelosi proposal.

And if they don’t bail me out, since my money will be worth nothing, at least I would have had a good time before the whole outhouse collapses.

NoDonkey on March 3, 2009 at 2:31 PM

One of Idahos congress critters is a blue dog newly elected and so far he has voted against every pork bill to appear (not sure about the minibus pork bill)…

Betcha he voted for Pelosi to be House Speaker, he’s outta here.

She’s the head of the snake, he’s the tail.

NoDonkey on March 3, 2009 at 2:34 PM

Obama’s numerous policies and lack of executive experience are the wrong medicine for what ails the economy.

WashJeff on March 3, 2009 at 2:23 PM

No doubt about it.

And I don’t think this leopard will change his spots. For some stange reason I believe he wants to punish America for slavery and the poor performance of so many blacks in education, income, and culture.

Once he is gone, I will consider the historical slate clean as far as black exploitation is concerned.

saiga on March 3, 2009 at 2:34 PM

I think the democraps realize the american people
are abolutly pissed off and about ready to march on washington..

They dont want to loose tier cushy do nothing jobs
So they are trying to act responsible..

To late..
We need to clean house Now.

jcila on March 3, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Yep, yep, and yep.

saiga on March 3, 2009 at 2:38 PM

saiga on March 3, 2009 at 2:34 PM

I would not go that direction. Obama is a true believer of his ideology (i.e., proregressive).

If I were President and was wacking about 10 cabinet posts and their departments. The regressive side would make up some story of how I hate certain groups of people — which of course is not true — rather than acknowledge my principles and ideas.

No, Obama simply believes his ideas will work. And they will work…to diminish liberty and greatness of this country.

WashJeff on March 3, 2009 at 2:42 PM

The regressive side would make up some story of how I hate certain groups of people — which of course is not true — rather than acknowledge my principles and ideas.

WashJeff on March 3, 2009 at 2:42 PM

He clearly has a loathing for the upper income earners and corporate CEO’s.

saiga on March 3, 2009 at 2:52 PM

He clearly has a loathing for the upper income earners and corporate CEO’s.

Yes, they earned it while he had to work hard stealing and taking bribes (e.g. from Tony Rezko), to get his.

Obama is a fraud in every sense of the word.

NoDonkey on March 3, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Maybe some day you guys will have some where to call home.That is if we consev in what left of the Rep party make our move to form a new Consev party.

thmcbb on March 3, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Steele IS doing his job,

I think (as Archie Bunker would say) the colored guy is doing a decent job.

RWLA on March 3, 2009 at 3:49 PM

They better do something! Obama actually just said on TV that “the stock market is kind of like um a tracking poll”… Oh My god!!!

sabbott on March 3, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Thanks for the tip:

What I’m looking at is not the day-to-day gyrations of the stock market, but the long-term ability for the United States and the entire world economy to regain its footing. And, you know, the stock market is sort of like a tracking poll in politics. You know, it bobs up and down day to day. And if you spend all your time worrying about that, then you’re probably going to get the long-term strategy wrong.

Michael Goldfarb has this analysis:

Sometimes it seems like our new president is just a little self-absorbed. I’m pretty sure that most Americans don’t view the day to day fluctuations in the stock market, fluctuations that have wiped out half or more of their life savings, as anything like a tracking poll. And these numbers don’t bob up and down. Since Obama’s been in office they’ve bobbed only in one direction. The Dow has lost nearly 1,500 points in just over a month. If Obama’s poll numbers had taken a dive like this during the campaign, nobody in Chicago would have been worried about the long-term strategy — they would have been worried about finding new jobs.

Buy Danish on March 3, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Blue Dogs? Miscolored Mutts? These members of the Democratic Party that claim to have some sort of values and never bother to state them, agree to work on them and put their principles to their country ahead of party loyalty?

I do remember the ‘Yellow Dog’ Democrats who preferred to vote for a dirty, yellow dog before voting for a Republican… and, perforce, got a party of dirty, yellow dogs that slowly started gaining a pink color to them. The idea of putting Party before principles and Nation didn’t work out so well for those other miscolored mutts and their different colored offspring don’t mind being bluish here and there, but have a nice yellow undercoat.

When it isn’t pink, that is, during shedding season which happens right before any vote in Congress. Such amazing color transformations! What a spectacle to see as the wool on these dogs comes off. Of course they lose all shape, too, on the ground with no skeleton to help them. Not a backbone to be seen amongst the gelatinous multicolored woolen masses Upon the Hill.

ajacksonian on March 3, 2009 at 4:19 PM

Whack0mole is about right. They can’t be viewed as “obstructionists” or “rubber-stampers.”

No win situation right now.

AnninCA on March 3, 2009 at 4:39 PM

Such amazing color transformations! What a spectacle to see as the wool on these dogs comes off. Of course they lose all shape, too, on the ground with no skeleton to help them. Not a backbone to be seen amongst the gelatinous multicolored woolen masses Upon the Hill.

ajacksonian on March 3, 2009 at 4:19 PM

My nominee for Quote O’the Day!

Ace ODale on March 3, 2009 at 4:54 PM

The blueness or the doggieness of these Dems will be proven when when gun control or some social bills come up for a vote.

Believe it or not, some blue dogs are more conservative than some Repubskis (Repubniks?), like Spector for instance.

Pelayo on March 3, 2009 at 5:03 PM

At this point I’ll take any allies we can get. Stalin wasn’t so dangerous until ‘that damned socialist’ FDR decided to give him half of Europe.

darktood on March 3, 2009 at 5:03 PM

He clearly has a loathing for the upper income earners and corporate CEO’s.

saiga on March 3, 2009 at 2:52 PM

Of which he is either one or going to be one.

Johan Klaus on March 3, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Won’t be long now until Pelosi tells them to eat cake…

moxie_neanderthal on March 3, 2009 at 6:01 PM

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searcher484 on March 3, 2009 at 10:21 PM

The liberal loons are going after Heath Shuler (D-NC11) for voting against the porkulus. His district is marginally democrat, and not New England democrat. He’s playing it right, but the loons airing radio ads are accusing him of *gasp* not supporting Obama!

SouthernGent on March 3, 2009 at 11:07 PM

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