The real victory tonight: The Blue Dogs take a beating.
So far, it looks like nearly half the Blue Dog Dems have been kicked out of office. That’s a much higher percentage of Dems than the Progressive Caucus lost tonight. I think it speaks loudly to why the Dems got their butts kicked today. This wasn’t Americans turning to the Republicans, which polls show Americans hate worse than Dems. This was Americans turning away from the Blue Dogs. The ones who sold us out to the corporatists.
This opens up some serious opportunities for progressives if we can capitalize on them two years from now. Without incumbency to aid them, the Dem Machine – which will be bringing more Blue Dogs to the table to replace the ones they lost – will have to win primaries against progressive alternatives in every Blue Dog seat.
Two years from now, progressives can make huge gains at the cost of the corporatists. Provided, of course, that we can insure the elections aren’t rigged and we can come up with actual progressives to run fopr those Blue Dog seats.
Then, when we take back Congress, we won’t have the Blue Dogs aiding and abetting Republican obstructionism.
This is more than just a silver lining in a dark cloud. It's an opportunity to rebuild the Democratic Party. It's a chance to take it back.
[ed note and update - CM1] Silver lining promoted and well said Pen, as, in the House and by a rough count, more than half of them sick Blue Puppies - 28 of 54 - have been sent to the vet to be neutered by the voters not buying their brand of Republican-light. The Progressive Caucus lost 4 BUT... May have gained a new one.
As for the departed Blue Dogs, we can do without their sabotage which did so much to deliver House Democrats into the minority. Only seven of the defeated 22 had served more than two terms in the House. Rep. Gene Taylor (MI-04), the longest serving defeated member, was first elected in 1988. So was John Tanner, who opted out of running this year. But 16 of them were first elected in 2006 or 2008. Here they all are, with the year they were first elected.
Mike Arcuri (NY-24) 2006; R. Marion Berry (AR-01) (Retired) 1996; Allen Boyd (FL-02) 1996; Bobby Bright (AL-02) 2008; Christopher Carney (PA-10) 2006; Travis Childers (MS-01) 2008; Jim Costa (CA-20) 2004; Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-03) 2008; Lincoln Davis (TN-04) 2002; Brad Ellsworth (IN-08) (Ran for Senate) 2006; Bart Gordon (TN-06) (Retired) 1984; Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (SD) 2004; Baron Hill (IN-09) 1998 through 2004, 2006;Frank Kratovil, Jr. (MD-01) 2008; Betsey Markey (CO-04) 2008; Jim Marshall (GA-08) 2002; Charlie Melancon (LA-03) (Ran for Senate) 2004; Walt Minnick (ID-01) 2008; Harry Mitchell (AZ-05) 2006; Dennis Moore (KS-03) (Retired) 1998; Patrick Murphy (PA-08) 2006; Scott Murphy (NY-20) 2008; Glenn Nye (VA-02) 2008; Earl Pomeroy (ND) 1992; John Salazar (CO-03) 2004; Zack Space (OH-18) 2006; John Tanner (TN-08) (Retired) 1988; Gene Taylor (MS-04) 1988; Charles Wilson (OH-06) 2006.
The four members of the Progressive Caucus who lost: Alan Grayson (FL-08) 2008; Phil Hare (IL-17) 2006; Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (MI-13) (defeated in primary) 1996; and John Hall (NY-24) 2006.
[end update from CM1]