I’d have to say the most irritating thing about the blue dogs and the centrists is there just doesn’t seem to be much that can be done to them. You can’t even primary them.
Well, you can primary them, but what is the point? If they keep blocking reform, if they keep praying to the alter of fiscal conservatism and concern trolling about deficits while unemployment is at 10% for sustained periods, there simply is no point in primarying them- they will be the ones wiped out in November 2010. They live in districts where it is hard to be elected a Democrat in good times, in bad times, when it is time to unload on the party in power and the Democrats are the party in power, they are simply going to be decimated. The Republican tsunami in 2010 isn’t going to take out Maxine Waters or Nancy Pelosi or Barney Frank. It is going to take out the blue dogs (and honestly, it is hard to really get too worked up about that at this point).
For some strange reason they think they will be spared in Nov. 2010 because they were “moderate” or not “too liberal,” like that means anything to the Republicans or an electorate out for blood. They are writing their own death warrants by blocking reform- primarying them would be akin to attempting to murder someone who is busy committing suicide. What would be the point?
It just makes you feel so helpless.