Blue Dog Democrats representing the conservative wing of the Democratic Party are close to extinction, reports Politico, as the 2012 election season promises to further thin their ranks.
the 24 remaining Blue Dogs, five are not seeking reelection. More than a
half-dozen others are facing treacherous contests in which their
reelection hopes are in jeopardy. It's a rough time to occupy the right
wing of the Democratic Party... Redistricting is at the root of the Blue
Dog problem. The once-in-a-decade line-drawing has forced some of them
to compete for seats that have become even less friendly to Democrats --
and those seats weren't very friendly to begin with. Utah Rep. Jim
Matheson, Georgia Rep. John Barrow and North Carolina Rep. Mike McIntyre
are among those who have been thrust into deeply Republican territory
after being targeted in GOP-led redistricting efforts in their home
"For Pennsylvania Rep. Tim Holden, another Blue Dog,
redistricting has created another kind of problem. When Republicans
redrew his central Pennsylvania seat, they created a district far more
liberal than Holden's old one -- one at odds with the conservative record
he has compiled during his two decades in the House... For a few Blue
Dogs, the problems presented by redistricting are compounded by the
challenges of running in conservative Southern states during a
presidential election year. Kentucky Rep. Ben Chandler, McIntyre and
Barrow must run in states where President Barack Obama's unpopularity
threatens to trickle down the ballot and damage their reelection bids."
Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire, one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.
Goddard spent more than a decade as managing director and chief operating officer of a prominent investment firm in New York City. Previously, he was a policy adviser to a U.S. Senator and Governor.
Goddard is also co-author of You
Won - Now What? (Scribner, 1998), a political
management book hailed by prominent journalists and politicians from
both parties. In addition, Goddard's essays on politics and public
policy have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country,
including the Washington Post, USA Today, Boston Globe, San Francisco
Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer and Christian Science
Goddard earned degrees from Vassar College and Harvard University. He lives in New York with his wife and three sons.
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