Posted By LambChop
While Nancy Pelosi continues to lick her chops in anticipation of stealing her old job back from John Boehner (guess again, Nancy) one must ponder what in the heck happened to the Democrat Party? Democrats with help from the sympathetic media, have thrown everything but the kitchen sink at Mitt Romney and Republicans in general. The recipe is always the same: first portray the Republican challenger as stupid, ignorant, out of touch, and if that does not work then paint them as extreme and dangerous. Week after week Republicans (particularly conservatives) are tarred and feathered and the Party depicted as giving in to extreme factions; the truth is that it is the Democrat Party that has hurtled left with break-neck speed.
Consider the plight of the endangered species, The Blue Dog Democrat – a group of mostly southern Democrats from conservative areas of the country. Six years ago, the Blue Dog Coalition was at its height of influence with 54 members, propelled by the negligence of Republicans to reach the electorate with a winning vision for the country. Blue Dogs preached fiscal responsibility and moderation on social issues. Once Obama was elected and Pelosi installed, the lurch left of the Democrat Party was clear. By 2010, Obama and Pelosi successfully ramrodded Obamacare through against the wishes of the majority of voters in the U.S.A. with 34 Democrats voting against it. Of these 34, most will be gone by the upcoming election of 2012.
In retaliation against Obamacare, voters turned against Democrats, and the 2010 elections were pure bloodshed for most with a D after their name on the ballot – Blue Dogs suffered heavily as Republicans got their messaging act together and the tides turned. The ranks of the Blue Dogs were sliced in half, while the remaining ludicrous left embraced socialism, kowtowed to extreme identity politics, and entertained Bush conspiracy theories that 9/11 was rigged by the Bush/Cheney military industrial complex.
Today, there are 24 members of the Blue Dog Coalition. Roll Call reports:
If Roll Call’s race ratings bear out — that is, if all races leaning Democratic swing that way and vice versa — the group is looking at a ceiling of 19 members. That is only true if the party wins all of its Tossup races. If it loses those, membership could dwindle to as few as 14 members to start the 113th Congress.
The Blue Dogs, despite their dwindling numbers, view themselves as the bridge to compromise legislation between the hardcore left Democrats and Republicans. Most Republicans feel that the real legislative problem is Harry Reid backed by Obama.
The reality is that despite the PR, the party of extremists is the Democrat Party as evidenced by the extinction of the Blue Dogs and the Party’s promotion of hardcore left-wing policy.