According to an analysis by The Huffington Post, 23 of the 46 Blue Dogs up for re-election went down on Tuesday. Notable losses included Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (D-S.D.), the coalition's co-chair for administration, and Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.), the co-chair for policy. Two members were running for higher office (both lost), three were retiring and three races were still too close to call.Good riddance to the Blue Dogs.
The Blue Dogs, a coalition of moderate to conservative Democrats in the House, have consistently frustrated their more progressive colleagues and activists within the party, especially during the health care debate. Blue Dog members pushed to limit the scope and the cost of the legislation and resisted some of the mandates of the bill. Last summer, seven of the eight Blue Dogs on the House Energy and Commerce Committee even threatened to block health care reform unless it met their cost requirements.
The next time there's a wave election in favor of the Left, we need to recruit candidates who are real Democrats, not ambitious phonies who run from the party the moment they are sworn in. Instead of pandering to these people in the middle who don't believe in much of anything, the Democratic Party can now focus on crafting a plan and a message that will provide Americans with a clear choice when placed against the essentially negative vision of the Republican Party.