A Valid Question
No, Really. I think this is worth more discussion:
Play dirty against the BlueDogs how? In what way?
By bringiton on Wed, 01/28/2009 - 2:21pm
Seriously, I'm asking.
Through what mechanism? By what means? What is it you would have the Dem Leadership do, keeping in mind that Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, elected by the Caucus, is a BlueDog through and through?
Without the BlueDog-Republican stranglehold on Congress, this stimulus package would look very different. Without that alliance, many Progressive initiatives including UHC and equitable taxation and dismantling of the push for Empire and a swift replacement of fossil fuels with renewables would all be doable.
How do you propose to break that alliance, to bring the BlueDogs to heel?
I have my ideas; I'll reserve them for now. What do you think? I ask because I'm told by staffers and friends of staffers: they really don't have a strategy.
Dismiss me for a vain and ineffectual nobody, which is true. It's still also true: ideas are in shorter supply on the Hill than you may know. Really. There's still something to be said for that whole "freedom, fact based critique, make noise" thingee that the Intertubes were supposed by some to be all about. This is only the smallest and merest of your chances to take advantage of such. Have at it, Far Lefties. Strategize. There's no cost.
More people than you may think are actually reading. Jus sayin.