NRCC tracks Blue Dogs
September 29th, 2011
11:25 AM ET
3 years ago

NRCC tracks Blue Dogs

(CNN) – The National Republican Congressional Committee has their sights set on Blue Dog Democrats, as evidenced by a website launched Thursday.

Republicans currently hold a 242-193 majority in the House of Representatives, a 49-seat majority the party would like to retain-and increase-in 2012.

As Democrats coordinate efforts to regain the advantage they lost in 2010, the NRCC has designed a page devoted to targeting 26 Blue Dogs-a coalition of fiscally conservative, moderate Democrats whose ranks were almost halved during the last midterm elections.

Before 2010 there were 54 members in the caucus.

The website, titled "Where Are the Blue Dogs?" accuses the remaining Blue Dog Democrats of laying low in the face of potentially difficult re-election campaigns that will be troubled by President Obama at the top of the ticket.

Labeling congressmen including California Rep. Dennis Cardoza and North Carolina Rep. Heath Shuler as "the most vulnerable incumbents," the page features a map of the United States. Each time an incumbent appears in public, the map is said to be updated with a paw print, or "Blue Dog sighting." There is only one print on the entire map–over the White House–though it doesn't indicate which Democrat made an appearance there.

The Blue Dog Democrats fired back in a statement, saying, "This is just more of the same tired and useless partisan politics the American people are fed up with. Blue Dogs have spent this district work period like they spend every work period: meeting with and listening to the small business owners and working families they represent in their homes, schools, and places of business."

As for the committee's online offense, they said, "The NRCC can create all the web pages they want; Blue Dogs will continue focusing on creating jobs and serving their constituents."

The website launch was first reported by Politico.

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Filed under: 2012 • House Democrats • House Republicans • NRCC
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Obama/Biden 2012 -- Because 4 years of TITANIC FAILURE just isn't enough

    Republicans currently hold a 242-193 majority in the House of Representatives, a 49-seat majority the party would like to retain-and increase-in 2012.
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    Dang right it is going to INCREASE!! The country has had enough of these spend, tax and borrow Democrats. Bankruptcy is their aim and we aim to STOP them!!

    September 29, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. Ken in MD

    The Republican Party has moved too far to the right for even the Blue Dogs to follow. They're now considered "moderate" by today's standards.

    September 29, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Pretty confident bunch I would say. They seem to think they have a lock on the House, and don't need to worry about any of the seats they won in 2010.

    September 29, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    Either these folks will be replaced with the extreme right (TeaPers) or more moderate Republicans will emerge. Either way, it's going to be interesting. I have no doubt that this has been in the plan for months. Rove attacks the moderates and the TeaPers attack those who can be pushed aside and gobbled up by the extremists. Either way, Republicans win. Sorry folks, but the extremists aren't going away anytime soon. The Republican Party needs them. Badly. And, as long as CNN and others continue to endorse them as a separate entity from the Republican Party, the confusion as to who they represent - themselves or the Republican Party - remains. As does the gridlock. As does the divisive neighbor against neighbor middle class warfare we have seen for the past two years now. Can't trust the Republican Party anymore. We've all seen the damage they are capable of ... it would be foolish beyond belief to trust them with 100% control - White House, Senate, and House of Representatives. It isn't as if these folks haven't been signally for months now what they will accomplish if given everything they need. No more Social Security. No more Medicare. No more EPA. And on and on the list goes.

    September 29, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    The American people are fed up with the party of NO and all of the tea bagger people will be replaced with democrats who want to move the country forward. When you have the GOP who's main goal is to defeat the President and not give a damn about the country or the citizens you can bet your last dollar that they will be replaced. They campaigned on jobs, jobs, jobs and they haven't produced one jobs bill, not one. Instead, all they seem to want is to eliminate Social Security, Medicare, unemployment benefits, women's rights, education, EPA, anything that helps true Americans.

    September 29, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. FM

    Things have changed, so did the mind of people. Most of the seats won in 2010 will go back where they came from.

    September 29, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. d

    I surely hope that people start looking below the surface of the gop...and realize they are tearing apart our country and have been for years! there is no difference between the name gop and tp...they are the same! just look at the debates...no difference at all

    September 29, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. Malory Archer

    They got voted out in the last election. They were replaced by teabag candidates because their dem supporters stayed home due to the fact that the blue dogs sided with the teabaggers against the supporters' wishes and best interests.

    September 29, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. Bill from GA

    Here in Georgia, they got voted out of office. I know in my area, predominately Black and Democrat, the pols were empty last November. No Waiting! President Obama surely has a point about not getting support from the Black Community. When he was running in '08, the lines to vote around here were an hour long or more. If the Blacks had gotten off their butts and voted in 2010, Georgia might have elected a Dem for governor.

    Our Junior Senator, Johnny Isakson, won re-election in 2010 with 58.1% of the vote. I imagine Georgia is not the only state where Blacks make a large portion of the Democrat Party, and when they don't vote, Dems loose.

    September 29, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    If the republicans destroy the world, where will THEY live?

    September 29, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. realitybites

    Republicans currently hold a 242-193 majority in the House of Representatives, a 49-seat majority the party would like to retain-and increase-in 2012.

    NOT LIKELY. Showing your ass and getting nothing done but voting no to everything while in the public employ really doesn't make a lot of us too interested in paying for you paychecks. Claiming that privetizing SS and Grandma's medicare check on the market (anyone see the market lately?) as an answer doesn't help you either. Look at the Polls. 13% is an abyssmal approval rating. ALL indumbents are in trouble. Especially the party that got us into this mess and still want to play power politics while the country starves. It's amazing that people actually voted to give you a 2nd chance, We'd be pretty Friggin stupid to give you a 3rd.

    September 29, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. gt

    blue dogs got left out in the rain when nancy was houise leader... to bad most of those folks just wanted to do what was right for the american people...nancy and her left wing nut jobs neuterd the blue dogs

    September 29, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. vic , nashville ,tn

    Don’t look any where?
    Gave support to Ronald Reagan 1984, in 1992 fallen love with southern attractive guy from Arkansa after that economy was good trust the politicians. Wake up in 2008 every thing gone so voted for young hope and Change smart person. 2010 stayed at home because its took democrats to pass one health care reform 14 months (inability) that was mistake stayed at home
    So we will back in 2012 to vote for democrats

    September 29, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. walter

    Wonder how long it will take for the next civil war to break out.

    September 29, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Dang right it is going to INCREASE!! The country has had enough of these spend, tax and borrow Democrats. Bankruptcy is their aim and we aim to STOP them!!
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    I must admit that the Tea Party has been successful in stopping the slow recovery and retarding jobs growth. What's next on the agenda?

    September 29, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Ken in MD wrote:
    The Republican Party has moved too far to the right for even the Blue Dogs to follow. They're now considered "moderate" by today's standards.
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    How extreme is the Tea Party. The Tea Party is even going after traditional red dogs like Lugar and Graham.

    September 29, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. Ferret out the B.S.

    I'm surprised they didn't put rifle scope targets on them.

    September 29, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. Henry

    And these Blue Dogs thought they were safe from the Republicans. HA. You Blue Dogs are not appreciated by them. They will go after you faster than they go after regular Democrats. Do not fool yourselves into believing that they extremists won't.

    September 29, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. Tony in Maine

    There was a time I voted for a Republican who had shown he (or she) would be good for the country, but that time has passed. I bullet voted Democratic in 2004, 06, and 08 and will continue to do so. The Republican Party has nothing I want for the United States.

    September 29, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |