A new block conservative Democrats in the Congress has formed what they call the Blue Dog Coalition. Their objective is to block President Obama’s health care, energy and union organizing reforms. This is pretty clearly an effort to attract corporate money; by announcing they have the power to stop Obama’s reform efforts, they can soak up millions from companies they would otherwise have to change their polluting or profiteering ways.
Robert Borosage of Campaign for America’s Future writes at Huffington Post,
“The new Senate Blue Dogs claim, of course, to be high minded
advocates of “fiscal responsibility.” But this is often a cover for
more parochial concerns. Nelson objects to the Obama budget because it
calls for moving to direct lending for student loans, saving billions
in subsidies to banks and using that money to pay for increased grant
aid. Nelnet, a leading student lender, will be hit badly by the change.
Its headquarters happen to be in Nebraska.
Kent Conrad argues piously that the deficits are too high, but that
doesn’t stop him for opposing Obama’s call to save billions by paring
the wasteful subsidies that go to agribusiness, leading contributors to
Conrad’s campaign coffers”
Meanwhile his organization has launched an effort to counter this, called Dog the (Blue) Dogs.
“It is time for progressives to “dog the dogs” — to call conservative Democrats in the House and Senate and tell them to not be lapdogs for the “Dr. No’s” on the right who want to obstruct the administration’s common-sense agenda.”
Their list includes the following California members: Joe Baca (43), Dennis Cardoza (18), Jim Costa (20), Jane Harman (36), Loretta Sanchez (47), Adam Schiff (29), Mike Thompson (1).
Note that in the California legislature we have the same problem in the Senate (in
particular), with the self-identified “business Dems.” At the blog Down With Tyranny! Joshua Grossman wrote a while back,
“Meanwhile, the so-called “Business Dems” number almost half the
Democrats in the state legislature and constantly force the watering
down of progressive legislation if not ensuring its outright defeat.”