Friday, July 31, 2009


They are called "Blue Dog Democrats."

Their claim to fame is that they are "known" to be fiscally conservative.

That basically means "careful with your money."


See, to hear them tell it, they did not like the way Nancy Pelosi and the other liberal Democrats had stuffed the President BO Health Care plan with so much stuff that it was economically irresponsible.

And so they took a "principled" stand.

"No way, Jose," they said.

And the health care plan got stalled long enough to run into the "August Recess."

But something happened on the way outside to play.

Now, after extensive negotiations with Henry Waxman, liberal of liberals from California (where else?), the Blue Dog Democrats have made a deal to get a deal that promises no vote on health care reform until Congress comes back from the playground in September.

But the liberal Democrats are not happy.

See...Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, explained, "We signed a pledge to reject any plan that doesn't include a robust public option, and this plan doesn't have a robust public option."

Translation: "We won't get to spend as much tax payer money as we thought we were going to be able to, and we have to give up a modicum of control as well. UNACCEPTABLE."

But they'll get their Health Care Plan come September.

So the Blue Dog Democrats did not stand on their principles after all, and after all, principles, if you don't stand on them, are not principles at all.

You don't get to abandon your principles and then get to insist on being called principled.

One wonders what went on in those "negotiations."

Did money change hands...or did it at least change congressional districts?

Did promises of favoritism take place?

Who knows.

I doesn't matter, 'cause the deal is done.

All that's left is for us to camp at our representatives' offices (playgrounds) and be disturbing enough to distract them and let them know we don't like it at all.

One of my favorite concerts of all time was when I got to see Blue Man Group perform locally.

I really like Blue Man Group (see the picture above).

I really don't like the Blue Dog Democrats.


cary said...

Blue Man Group = good entertainment

Blue Dogs = not vile enough to be True DemoncRATs, not conservative enough to be considered for the Republican party.

Republicans = mostly, Dem Lite.

Joe said...

cary: good analysis!

shoprat said...

They haven't nailed down the Blue Dog vote yet, they simply made a few concessions to them trying to get their votes. Their votes are not guaranteed and the Donks are still worried. People who live in Blue Dog districts have their work cut out for them.

WomanHonorThyself said...

You don't get to abandon your principles and then get to insist on being called principled... good one !

Lone Ranger said...

No matter what their color, a democrat is a democrat. They don't change their spots.