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What I will not write about today

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Steaming mad anger

Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can't bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health:

See what I mean? So who's up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?

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To anyone who claimed the Democrats ever had a majority in Congress

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Remember the good old days when the Democrats had a 60-vote majority in the Senate and an expanded majority in the House? Neither do I, because we never did, not really, and of course, it's even worse now.

And that's because now, just like then, DINOs (Democrats In Name Only) can't be counted on. And by DINOs I mean Blue Dogs. And by Blue Dogs I mean ConservaDems. And by ConservaDems I mean Republican lite. They are one reason there was such a struggle to get the health care reform we hoped for, and why reading something like the item below makes me want to scream.

Via The Hill:

The conservative Blue Dog Democrat coalition officially endorsed the House Republican balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution, breaking with Democratic Party leaders and the White House.

That's right, they sided with Michele Bachmann.

So drop the right wing talking points about how Dems can't even get support from within, trolls, because the Blue Dogs are not true Dems, they have helped defeat some of the most important bills offered up by those on the left, and they've come to the GOP's rescue more times than many of us want to remember.

This is why we need to get more Progressives elected, starting at the local level, starting with people like Mike Cantone, so we can achieve actual, genuine, legitimate Democratic majorities in the future.

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Moment of Happy: Not many left in the Blue Dog house

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Good news for Democrats by way of Markos. The Blue Dog numbers are dwindling and that could bring more unity to real Dems:

News that Rep. Jim Costa Dennis Cardoza is retiring is particularly good news for those of us who want to see the end of the pernicious influence of the biggest band of self-defeating Democrats in Congress—the Blue Dogs. [...]

It doesn't take much effort to see a Blue Dog caucus well under 20 members, and that's including half-assed Blue-Dog-In-Name-Only members like Reps. Loretta Sanchez, Adam Schiff, David Scott, and Gabby Giffords who generally vote the right way, without the theatrics and rhetoric that undermine the party.

Markos then lists the remaining Blue Dogs and their party loyalty scores.

If all that's left of the Blue Dogs after 2012 are a bunch who vote with the party over 70 percent of the time and don't take the microphone to punch hippies, then House Democrats will be far more cohesive and effective as a result.

Please read the whole thing, because it's today's

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Five most vulnerable redistricted Democrats

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If any of these reps are in your district, consider volunteering and/or donating if you can. I also realize that many are Blue Dogs, but if we're going to get anything done, Blue Dogs are better than Teabaggers. I took off the descriptions, that you can find here, for brevity and copyright's sake.

#5: Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.)

#4: Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.)

#3: Mark Critz (D-Pa.)

#2: Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.)

#1: Rep. Larry Kissell (D-N.C.)

Honorable mentions: Democratic Reps. Howard Berman (Calif.), Linda Sanchez (Calif.), Brad Sherman (Calif.), John Barrow (Ga.), Bill Keating (Mass.), Mike McIntyre (N.C.), Brad Miller (N.C.), Lloyd Doggett (Texas), Leonard Boswell (Iowa).

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Cantor the Quitter gives Democrats political advantage, per one House Dem leader

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Let's start with this: Eric Cantor staged the walkout from the budget talks, it had been planned well in advance, and he and his party are infants. The "planned" part is something you don't hear about much in the so-called "news" media.

And his little whiny-baby antics may backfire, according to one Blue Dog Dem. The Hill:

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), vice chairman of the Democrats' Steering and Policy Committee, said Cantor's move creates a public impression that the Republicans have no interest in negotiating a deal to raise the debt ceiling – a move many economists warn is necessary to stabilize global markets.

Note to Henry: First the public has to be paying attention. Let's hope they are.

Next note to Henry: Then the news dee jays have to inform the public about exactly what he did. Let's hope they do.

Rep. Cuellar also might get a kick out of retired congressional staffer Mike Lofgren's op-ed in which he blames the GOP for the deficits' "origin", and happens to mention that BushCo's tax cuts did nothing to create jobs. Cantor's tantrum lack of enthusiasm to make a deal rounds out the picture nicely.

"It's definitely a benefit to Democrats when the other side says, 'It's just too tough to keep going,' and they quit," Cuellar told The Hill. "No matter if you don't like the rules, you can't just walk away. We have to keep working."

Cantor is the new Palin.

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Rep. Boren (D-Okla.) won't seek reelection, giving GOP pick-up opportunity

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Oklahoma Democrats are surprised at the latest turn of events in Oklahoma. They didn't expect Rep. Dan Boren to create the possibility of a Republican taking his seat. Via The Hill:

Oklahoma Rep. Dan Boren (D) won't seek reelection in 2012, a Democratic source in the state told The Ballot Box.

Boren, the only Democrat in Oklahoma's five-seat House delegation, will announce his decision at a press conference in Muskogee, his hometown, according to The Oklahoman. [...]

The four-term incumbent bucked his party on healthcare last year and voted against the Democrats' reform bill. He subsequently faced a primary challenge, which he easily survived. Boren, 37, handily won reelection in November, with 57 percent of the vote.

That wacky, zany Blue Dog maverick isn't really a Dem, now is he?

Anyone who's against Employee Free Choice won't be missed.

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Video- Blue Dog Joe Donnelly (IN-02) Gets Block On Fox Tooting Ad Dissing Pelosi

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I was already having a crappy day when I saw this hit my tv. As soon as I could articulate words, I called Donnelly's office and spoke with a nice young lady who said that the media was "distorting the message" of the ad. Not swallowing any of that hoo haa any more. If Fox is devoting an entire block with two talking heads to feature and chortle over a Democrat's ad, that isn't good in any "message".

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