Republican Congressman Pete Sessions pens an editorial for Politico arguing that the Blue Dog Democrats are a dying breed.
From the op-ed:
So make that 23 Blue Dogs now chasing the wind. Who will be next? Maybe Jim Matheson from Utah, sitting in the most Republican seat currently held by a Democrat. Or Mike Ross from Arkansas’s second most Republican district. Or Jim Costa of California, who could lose his marginal Democratic footing with redistricting. Or Mike McIntyre and Heath Shuler of North Carolina or Ben Chandler of Kentucky, who may face their most competitive races yet in 2012.
But what is the real reason for the dwindling Blue Dog count? There is no room in the Democratic Party for moderate Democrats, and both Blue Dogs and American voters know it. Led by Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco liberalism and Barack Obama’s Chicago-style politics, the Democratic Party has run so far to the left that Blue Dogs have little ability to fool voters with their moderate dog tag.
Voters see the two-faced politics of the Blue Dog breed: barking moderate rhetoric while running with a Democratic pack of pure-bred liberals. Their true colors have been exposed, as Nancy Pelosi has no space for moderate pretense in her Big Government caucus.