Bye Bye Blue Dogs

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Time and time again polling data seems to indicate now more than ever that we Americans want our politicians to work together to achieve compromise on issues that are important to us. The problem which this article points out is that one faction of the Congress, the Blue Dogs took a huge hit after Tuesday’s election.

The Blue Dog Democrats have always been intriguing to me because they are the moderate to conservative Democrats committed to financial security and national security who favor compromise and bipartisanship over ideology and party discipline. What an interesting concept !

The Blue Dogs have faced criticism from the political left because of their efforts to find common ground and the left feels that their initiatives have been watered down because of them. It’s only my opinion, but I think we need more of these types of politicians right now as opposed to less. People who are willing to work on bridging the gap between the right and the left trying to find common ground.

It’s not only happening on the left, but as I mentioned in a prior blog, George Voinovich, a moderate broke ranks with the Republicans and sided with the Democrats by voting for a much needed Small Business Reform package. He did so not only because it was the right thing to do for the country, but because he wasn’t seeking re-election. Lincoln Chaffey from Rhode Island and Arlen Spector from Pennsylvania were moderate Republicans who were either forced out of the party or had to change party.

Due to the large number of Tea Party candidates and the loss of so many Blue Dogs and moderate Republicans I am afraid compromise, bipartisanship and common ground will be if the aren’t already things of the past.