Thursday, July 30, 2009

ooh, ooh, i can answer this one!

what makes dogs blue?

"And the oversimplistic answer to this oversimplistic question has often been that Blue Dogs tend to represent marginal districts they could lose by toeing the party line."

my thought is that many of them come from conservative districts and probably swapped parties to get elected. or they could be gop operatives who switched parties to make inroads into the dem party- which seems to be working.
which means- they are toeing the party line. just not the party we elected them to.

3 comments:

an average patriot said...

I kept wonder what they were beside trouble. I just got it the other day!
The Blue Dogs are the political descendants of a now defunct Southern Democratic group known as the Boll Weevils, who played a critical role in the early 1980s by supporting President Ronald Reagan's tax cut plan.

The Boll Weevils, in turn, may be considered the descendants of the "states' rights" Democrats of the 1940s through '60s.[3]

"Blue Dog Democrat" is derived from the term "Yellow Dog Democrat." Former Texas Democrat Rep. Pete Geren is credited for coining the term, explaining that the members had been "choked blue" by "extreme" Democrats from the left.
[4] The term is also a reference to the "Blue Dog" paintings of Cajun artist George Rodrigue of Lafayette, Louisiana; the original members of the coalition would regularly meet in the offices of Louisiana representatives Billy Tauzin and Jimmy Hayes, both of whom had Rodrigue's paintings on their walls.[citation needed] Tauzin and Hayes later switched to the Republican Party.

The Blue Dog Coalition was formed in 1994 during the 104th Congress to give more conservative members from the Democratic party a unified voice after the Democrats' loss of Congress in 1994.[5]

Dave Dubya said...

They get blue due to the lack of oxygen up corporate and bible thumper asses.

betmo said...

well said dave :)