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Blue Dog Dems Go Down

Let there be dancing.

From the Washington Post:

Two conservative Democrats lost their seats in Pennsylvania tonight thanks to the state’s new congressional map.

Rep. Mark Critz beat Rep. Jason Altmire in a highly competitive member-vs-member Democratic primary for the 12th district, while Rep. Tim Holden (D) was defeated in a primary by lawyer Matt Cartwright in Pennsylvania’s new 17th district.

Critz beat K Street man Tim Holden, who voted against Obama’s health care bill. It’s one thing to be against it, as Critz is, though he has said he won’t vote to repeal it. He wasn’t in office when the vote on ACA was held.

Blue America, part of the hero pack of progressives who targeted the Blue Dog Democrats who lossed, released a statement (h/t Crooks & Liars):

Blue America Treasurer Howie Klein said, “Blue America congratulates Matt Cartwright on his hard fought win and we pledge to continue that fight across the country wherever progressive candidates are working hard to free our political system from the entrenched interests on behalf of ordinary Americans. Our next stop is Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district where progressive businessman Rob Zerban is battling to defeat Republican poster boy Paul Ryan in a swing district. The establishment doesn’t think that’s possible, either. We think Rob can prove them all wrong once again.”

Cartwright evidently does a legal segment on the evening news, proving the Fox News model can pay if you want to jump from expert talking head to political candidate.

I’d like to see Sen. Bob Casey taken out, too, but he’s up against one-percenter, self-funded coal-mining rich man Tom Smith, so you have to ask what’s to be gained? You could say the same thing about Sen. Claire McCaskill’s brutal battle in Missouri. Republicans out of that crowd are nothing short of depressing, which often applies to Casey and McCaskill, too.

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14 Responses to Blue Dog Dems Go Down

  1. jjamele April 25, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    This is what it has come to: Celebrating the victory over a conservative Democrat over a slightly more conservative Democrat, and calling it a triumph for Progressives.”

    Just a dress rehearsal for November, when our best hope is that we can celebrate the triumph of Barack Obama over Mitt Romney and Joe “I’m not sure if I’ll vote for Obama” Manchin over John Raese and pretend we’ve won something.

    God help us all.

    • Cujo359 April 25, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

      Curiously, I had no trouble following this thought, once I compensated for a typo.

      And yes, we’re so screwed.

    • jinbaltimore April 26, 2012 at 10:17 am #

      well put

  2. secularhumanizinevoluter April 25, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    jjamele, that is even more incoherent then your usual efforts.

    • jjamele April 26, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

      Yeah, I’m going to take criticism of my coherence from someone who thinks typing “Imbecilic Assmonkey” in every other post is a substitute for intelligent dialogue.

      Thanks anyway.

      • secularhumanizinevoluter April 28, 2012 at 11:55 am #

        You have a problem with accurately describing the mental capabilities of the people and actions being described?

  3. Cujo359 April 25, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

    I’d like to see Sen. Bob Casey taken out, too, but he’s up against one-percenter, self-funded coal-mining rich man Tom Smith, so you have to ask what’s to be gained?

    Depends how it’s done. If Casey gets no support from progressives and loses, the point will have been made. If things go like they usually do, though, progressives won’t do this, and if Casey loses progressives will be to blame.

    Take your pick. Me? I’d rather save my energy.

    Bob Casey is a prime example of why the idea of mounting primary challenges enough to make Congress more progressive is a non-starter. As a symbolic gesture, it’s great, but as we’ve seen time and again, the machine protects its own. Pennsylvania and DC Democrats are both run by machine politics. The machine in PA loves it some Bob Casey, so Casey will get whatever he needs to get back in office. Ask Joe Sestak what happens when the machine doesn’t get what it wants.

    Unless progressives can be a somewhat united front that tells these machines that in order to get our support this and this and this will happen, then they will continue to treat us with the contempt we’ve earned by not doing the things we obviously have to do politically to get what we need.

  4. fairmindedindependent April 25, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

    I was watching abit of Lawerence O’Donnell, and some are saying the dems will not have a majority in the House this year, which I don’t understand why they are already putting down the idea that Dems will not get a majority in the House. Lawerence says he wants to focus on the Senate, which is fine, but its going to be a up hill battle, especially in the red states, and during a Presidental election. I think the Republicans could come close to a majority if not win the majority in the Senate this year because there are more Democratic seats up for grabs. I want more Independents instead of either Democrats or Republicans.

  5. Lake Lady April 25, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    Yeah, Mccaskill can be a bummer but she is campaigning hard on medicare and SS. So far no credible opponant.

  6. Art Pronin April 26, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    TM-great post but needed correction- Cartwright beat Holden, NOT Critz.

  7. RAJensen April 26, 2012 at 12:24 am #

    You certainly are consistent Taylor, you would expell tens of millions of lifelong religious Democratic Roman Cathoilics, millions of lifelong Hispanic and African-American evangelical Potestant Christians out of the Democratic Party becauise they are pro-life.

    How are any of you any different that Tea Party activists who primary moderate Republicans out of office.

    By the way, if the Senate, as is likely, turns over to Republican control only one man stands in the way of blocking the Conservative agenda, Sen, Harry Reid who is a Mormon and is pro-life.

    Extremists of the left and right are destroying America

    • Cujo359 April 26, 2012 at 5:28 am #

      Anyone stupid enough to base a voting decision on a single issue, particularly one that has little relationship to their own well being, is welcome to go elsewhere. Maybe they can join with all those NRA members who don’t care about anything but whether they’re allowed to have their guns with them no matter what. They can call it the “I’m Too Stupid To Consider More Than One Issue” Party.

      • ladywalker68 April 26, 2012 at 8:09 am #

        Point to Cujo359. DING! DING! DING!

    • secularhumanizinevoluter April 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

      “You certainly are consistent Taylor, you would expell tens of millions of lifelong religious Democratic Roman Cathoilics, millions of lifelong Hispanic and African-American evangelical Potestant Christians out of the Democratic Party becauise they are pro-life.”

      The laughingly imbecilic assmonkey quality of that absurdly hyperbolic lie regarding numbers (wow, you may be right…when it fits I have to use it!) is almost beyond belief. Almost, but considering the source I guess not really.
      See, one of the clear differences between someone who would not vote for someone who is anti-womwn’s rights is BECAUSE THEY ARE ANTI-WOMEN’S RIGHTS! Not because they are Black or they are Black or because they are….well Black. See?

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