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Blue Dog Democrats

The Tax Cut Deal: Beating the Republicans at Their Own Game

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

When this Obama victory becomes clear, it is likely that most Democrats in Congress and around the country will realize that Obama has regained his mojo and outfoxed the Republicans at their own game.

The Case Against Shuler as Minority Leader

Jim Neal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Neal

For those of you unfamiliar with sports-speak, an audible is basically a play called at the line of scrimmage by a quarterback. Former NFL QB turned C...

Mandate Schmandate: The GOP is Drinking Their Own Kool Aid

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

Kool Aid is the official beverage of the GOP. They've been drinking too much of it if they think that taking the House of Representatives is a mandate...

Ain't No Stopping A Progressive Agenda: Part 3

Karen Dolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Dolan

PROGRESSIVES IN POSITION TO MOVE FORWARD: PART 3 of Hill Progressives WON! In the third part of my "Silver Lining" series, trying to find some hope i...

In Blue Dog Battle, Progressives Are (Half) Right

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

The Blue Dogs are right about campaign strategy in some conservative districts -- but they greatly overstate their case. Granularity is usually lost in our political narrative, and the numbers suggest subtle, diverging politics.

Back in the Saddle: The New Democratic Outlook

Janine Balekdjian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine Balekdjian

All right, Democrats. You've had a full week to hide in the corner in the fetal position and frantically avoid any media outlet that's not MSNBC, and...

What's Next, Impeachment?

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

So much for making nice Mr. President, the gloves are off as the Republican leadership comes out swinging. These folks don't want to work with you, or...

North Dakota -- A Template For Our Economic Recovery

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Pearl Korn

The Bank of North Dakota has garnered attention for its continued profitability. Momentum is building for a sane kind of banking system that works for the people and state instead of the bottom line of banks and shareholders.

White Southern Democrats Nearly Extinct, 'Culturally Unacceptable' In Most Of Dixie

AP | BEN EVANS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The white Southern Democrat – endangered since the 1960s civil rights era – is sliding nearer to extinction. After thi...

The Morning After the Day Before

David Coates | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Coates

We have a clash of philosophies here, not just an incompatibility of personalities or policies. You can't duck that clash.

Amanda Terkel

Half Of The Blue Dog Coalition Goes Down In GOP Wave | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Tuesday was a tough night for Democrats, as they watched Republicans win enough seats to take back the House in the next Congress and be...

No, Really: If You Don't Vote This Time, It Is Your Fault

Larry Womack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Womack

A three or four point swing or pollster miscalculation in either direction moves projected results from continued Democratic control of the House to an 80-seat Republican victory that it could take decades for Democrats to overcome.

Agents of Change? We Recommend It

Robert Cramer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Cramer

Based on my experience from the 1994 cycle and based on the poll of independents that we did, I offer these suggestions to those surviving Blue Dogs and other conservative Democrats that come back into Congress licking their severe wounds.

Bad News for Blue Dogs is Bad News for Progressives

Ronnie Shows | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ronnie Shows

Retaining Blue Dogs in swing congressional districts are the key to keeping control of Congress and all the benefits that come with being in the majority

The Case for a Smaller Tent Party

Ari Berman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Berman

It's now painfully obvious that President Obama's election, far from hastening a post-partisan utopia, has led to near-absolute polarization. To deal with a re-energized right, Democrats must alter their political strategy accordingly.

Ilario Pantano to Hold Fundraiser at a Shooting Range

Yuna Shin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yuna Shin

Pantano uses his military record, including a hearing for premeditated murder, as evidence that he killed America's enemy and as a credential for his conservative values.

Progressive Caucus Members Contribute to DCCC to Reelect Blue Dog Democrats

Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Blumenthal

House Democrats have contributed nearly $40 million to the congressional campaign committee tasked with protecting the party's majority in the midterm elections in November.

Suck Toad Democrats: The New Democratic Right?

Bob Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Jacobson

If John Adler is a man of his people, it's a different people from the rest of us. Adler is one of 47 Democrats who presented House Speaker Pelosi with a letter threatening to keep tax cuts for the richest 2% of Americans.

Attack of the Sestak Clones

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Is this a design for a candidate or did we just organically grow a bunch of really accomplished Democrats who served in the military?

Gutless Democrats Back Stab Obama

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

When you have a party that has consistently cowered at, and conciliated the GOP, then it's no small wonder that so many Democrats are willing to back stab their own party and president.

"Let's Get America Working Again"

Matthew Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Matthew Anderson

Media will be at a disadvantage. It will be that much more difficult to put a positive "spin" on being "Gainfully Unemployed." But not impossible!

Progressives in America: It's Time to Revive Our Party's Values

Kate Michelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Michelman

Progressives are implored to accept the limitations of the political environment. Well enough, I say. We need to shift our focus toward building a grassroots movement that turns promises made to us into positive outcomes.

Fiscal Expert Answers Six Essential Questions About The Deficit | Jump | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Fiscal expert Stan Collender points out that the bond market is not demanding deficit reduction -- in fact, quite the opposite. So where is the Washin...

You Make the Call: Who Is Correct In the Democratic Civil War Over Taxes and Spending?

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Which side of the Democratic civil war over taxes and spending represents a fact-based argument for economic prosperity, and which side represents fact-free theorizing? I'd say the evidence is pretty clear.

Build a Boehner Billboard

Howie Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howie Klein