Typically those have been Republican lawmakers and conservative, so-called Blue Dog Democrats
In 2010, Tea Party candidates defeated Republican senator Bob Bennett of Utah along with less conservative Republican senate candidates from Delaware, Colorado, and Nevada Blue Dog Democrats
also are disappearing.
Like the Democratic Leadership Council and the Blue Dog Democrats
, two other groups that broke through in the age of "Third Way" politics, they sought to tap into the vast campaign finance coffers of corporate America.
By the time the GOP and Blue Dog Democrats
got done with it, it was even smaller than what had been proposed, and so was not as effective as it might have been.
A lot of these Blue Dog Democrats
really were a bridge for the natural gas industry to the Democratic caucus in the House.
The overall gains by the GOP in Congress, however, while positive on the surface, also mean that a number of Blue Dog Democrats
are leaving the nation's capitol.
Now more than 25 not-so-Conservative Blue Dog Democrats
have been kicked out of the ruling class because their constituents learned they supported Pelosi's agenda over 70% of the time.
Twenty-two Blue Dog Democrats
were defeated in last Tuesday's elections, leaving the fiscally conservative bloc and its allies short-handed.
Does anyone believe, with Obama's popularity slipping and the Blue Dog Democrats
running scared, that they're going to push that legislation this year?
Town hall uprisings and other protests that put pressure on Blue Dog Democrats
have been enough.
Most recently, on Wednesday, the Obamas opened the White House doors to House caucus leaders from the moderate Blue Dog Democrats
and the Congressional Black Caucus.
An assistant majority whip, he was co-founder of the conservative Blue Dog Democrats
in the 1980s.