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ProPublica publishes the story of the decimation of The Blue Dogs in the U.S. House of Representatives mid terms

My hunch is that voters took no notice of whether these conservative House Members had the potential to be allies of Republicans on close votes. The thinking was, “They are Democrats; throw them out.”
Come January of 2011 there will be such an overwhelming Republican majority in the House of Representatives that they will never need help from Democrats, of whatever stripe.

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Last week, ProPublica told the story [1] of the New Democrat Coalition, a group of 69 House lawmakers whose close relationship with several hundred Washington lobbyists has made them a powerful congressional force that has helped Wall Street and big Pharma win major legislative battles. We also suggested that the group could lose more than a third of its members to GOP candidates in the midterm elections.

As of now, 20 New Democrats have gone down in defeat while six others are locked in races that are too close to call. Many of those who lost come from conservative districts and are members of the Blue Dog Coalition, another conservative House coalition, but other New Democrats also fared poorly. Vice chair Melissa Bean, a critical player in the group’s efforts to weaken the overhaul of the financial services industry, is trailing a Tea Party-backed opponent in her suburban Chicago district. Mike McMahon, who authored the group’s derivatives proposal that was criticized for having big loopholes, was defeated. (A list of the New Democrats who have lost can be found below.)

Like the New Democrats, many Americans who went to the polls were focused on economic matters. However, exit polls reveal [2] voters were more likely to blame the economic crisis on Wall Street than on either President Obama or former President Bush. Of those who blamed the banks, a solid majority voted against the Democrats, suggesting that despite having passed financial reform legislation, the party couldn’t shake off the notion it was too close to the banks.

In January the new House will be overwhelmingly Republican, so much so that the new majority may not always need the votes of conservative Democrats. When it does, however, Republicans will likely court the New Democrats, since the other major group of conservative Democrats — the Blue Dog Coalition — lost half its members [3] last night, leaving only 26. Even if the New Democrats lose all six of their undecided races, the group will still have 36 members — more than enough to act as a critical swing bloc on close votes.

New Democrats Who Lost:

  • John Adler (NJ)

  • Michael Arcuri (NY)

  • John Boccieri (OH)

  • Bobby Bright (AL)

  • Chris Carney (PA)

  • Steve Driehaus (OH)

  • Bob Etheridge (NC)

  • Bill Foster (IL)

  • Debbie Halvorson (IL)

  • Ron Klein (FL)

  • Suzanne Kosmas (FL)

  • Frank Kratovil (MD)

  • Betsy Markey (CO)

  • Mike McMahon (NY)

  • Harry Mitchell (AZ)

  • Patrick Murphy (PA)

  • Scott Murphy (NY)

  • Glenn Nye (VA)

  • Mark Schauer (MI)

  • Charlie Wilson (OH)

New Democrats In Unresolved Races:

  • Melissa Bean (IL)

  • Gerry Connolly (VA)

  • Gabrielle Giffords (AZ)

  • Rick Larsen (WA)

  • Dan Maffei (NY)

  • Adam Smith (WA)

Read more at www.propublica.org

Krugman hits the political nail on its head, for the most part

Economic genius Paul Krugman, who writes for the New York Times, writes an excellent opinion piece regarding why the Democrats will do badly in today’s midterm elections.
My one point of contention with this favorite of mine is his failure to take Republicans’ blind, unfair opposition and ability to shape a very untruthful message, into account. Over time it must be very debilitating for the President and the White House.
There was a tremendous amount of good legislation signed into law that is now changing America. But the administration was never successful in broadcasting the fact. It is is a sad thing for the country. Today’s election will make it clear how such an innocent mistake can exact a heavy political price.

Amplify’d from krugman.blogs.nytimes.com
Paul Krugman - New York Times Blog

November 2, 2010, 9:28 am

Pre-Mortem

Obviously, Democrats are going to do badly today, the only question being how badly. And we’ll be drenched in punditry, most of it about how Obama overreached, etc..

But the point is that he didn’t try.

To the extent that Democrats do worse even than the economy explains, one can point to a number of factors. Given that the stimulus was inadequate — which was obvious early on — Obama could have tried to warn Americans of a long hard road ahead, and placed blame on Republicans; instead, the WH kept pretending that things were going swimmingly, never once acknowledging that the original plan wasn’t sufficient (they still haven’t). Remember the Summer of Recovery?

Policy on other fronts seemed almost designed to cede populist sentiments to the right: not even a hint of tough positioning against Wall Street, totally limp policy toward China, and more.

So again: it was mainly the economy, with the effects of a bad economy reinforced by Obama’s consistent policy of undercutting both messages and movements that might have helped Democrats weather the economic storm.

Read more at krugman.blogs.nytimes.com

Links reveal —

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Getting a black eye —
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Pakistan expels American as US NGO found operating as cover for Blackwater~,” is from pakalert (8/9/09).

Ex-employees claim Blackwater pimped out young Iraqi girls#,” is from The Raw Story (8/7/09).

Continuing challenges–
“Elizabeth Warren Talks Toxic Assets On MSNBC (VIDEO)#, is from The Huffington Post on MSNBC (8/12/09).

The Democrats’ senior problem#,” is from Yahoo! News at Politico (8/12/09).

Hat Tip Key: Regular contributors of links to leads are Betmo*, Diane~ and Jon#.

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Mid week Links

Handguns and Health Care Reform#,” is from The Huffington Post (8/11/09). Jon’s comment: “Between this and the guy that brought a gun to a gathering today, things are getting out of hand. Chris Mathews had an interview with this whacko.”

California State Senate Leader Steinberg says he’ll sue Schwarzenegger~,” is from Signs of the Times (8/8/09).

Healthcare reform sparks meeting mayhem in Tampa~” is from Signs of the Times (8/7/09).

The Health Insurers have already won~,” is from Signs of the Times (8/6/09).

“Urgent: Google blocks my site during sensitive period~,” is from Sibel Edmonds at justacitizen.com (8/6/09). Diane adds, “It’s pretty obvious we have to be careful about what we blog.”

GAO Report Says, ‘Concentration in the Food Industry not a Concern’~” is from Signs of the Times (8/5/09).

Caliofornia Won’t Accept its Own IOUs~,” is from Signs of the Times (8/4/09).

Hat Tip Key: Regular contributors of links to leads are Betmo*, Diane~ and Jon#.

Blogs: My news and political blog is at South by Southwest. My general purpose/southwest focus blog is at Southwest Progressive. And Carol Gee – Online Universe is the all-in-one home page for my websites.

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Monday begins the week of new links —

Hospital room (Denmark, 2005)Image via Wikipedia

To decry —
FACT CHECK: Distortions rife in health care debate#,” is from Yahoo! News (8/2/09).

Bank pay, performance assailed~,” is from the Seattle Times (7/31/09).

Popular $1 billion ‘cash for clunkers’ program out of money~,” is from the Seattle Times (7/31/09).


To celebrate —

Exxon, Shell report steep dives in profit~,” is from the Seattle Times (7/31/09).

House OKs first major food-safety reforms in 70 years~,” is from the Seattle Times (7/31/09).

Hat Tip Key: Regular contributors of links to leads are Betmo*, Diane~ and Jon#.

Blogs: My news and political blog is at South by Southwest. My general purpose/southwest focus blog is at Southwest Progressive. And Carol Gee – Online Universe is the all-in-one home page for my websites.

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