Wednesday, October 10, 2012

"Blue Dog" Democrats Disappearing From Congress

Mark Matheny
October 10, 2012

A report from the New York Times reports that the number of moderates in Congress, known as "Blue Dog" Democrats, are shrinking in numbers.

In a News Update I did on the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords back January of 2011, Guest caller Ron Stone and I discussed how the "blue Dogs" are being pushed out of Congress.

Consesus building in Congress is in part, carried out by those who are moderate, and therefore need to be removed by the elites because they blur the false Left-Right Paradigm used to control the masses through the Hegelian Dialectic.

Ron and I talked about this somewhat in the following video.

Here is the New York Times article:

 WASHINGTON — While the occupant of the White House and the composition of the next Congress are still to be decided, one thing is clear: there will be many fewer moderate politicians here next year.

A potent combination of Congressional redistricting, retirements of fed-up lawmakers and campaign spending by special interests is pushing out moderate members of both parties, leaving a shrinking corps of consensus builders.
A group of Democrats who are centrists, known as Blue Dogs, have been all but eviscerated from the House over the last few elections, and now three who have been in the Republicans’ cross hairs for years are fighting uphill battles for re-election.
Among Republicans, Senator Olympia J. Snowe of Maine and Representative Steven C. LaTourette of Ohio, weary of partisan battles, chose to retire this year, and some, like Representative Charles Bass of New Hampshire, have found themselves moving away from the center to survive, a technique employed by Senator Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, who found it was too little too late and lost his primary campaign.
“We don’t have a Congress anymore, we have a parliament,” said Representative Jim Cooper of Tennessee, one of the last Blue Dogs. “We moderates are an endangered species, but we are also a necessary ingredient for any problem solving.”

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