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.
The Republican Party's approval rating is the most dismal of all, clocking in lower than even the Democratic Party's approval. In other words, the voters are about to vote into power a party they like less than the party currently in power.
Tea Partiers want to cut the favorite target of conservatives -- "entitlements." The only problem with that is that most folks don't call these programs "entitlements," most folks call them "my Social Security check."
I am asking my progressive friends within the Democratic Party to act carefully until Election Day and not advance legislation that forces conservative Democrats to take difficult votes that upset their constituents.
Our country is facing a budget deficit that threatens our ability to operate as a functioning democracy. Whether or not you agree with the Blue Dogs, you have to agree that we need to get the budget deficit under control.
To the delight of Oklahoma Democrats and independents news is leaking out that the most beloved -- and progressive -- state legislator in Oklahoma, state Senator Jim Wilson, has decided to challenge Boren in the July 27th primary.