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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Congressman Steny Hoyer

The House of Representatives unstable?  Some would have us think so.

Here is a Post from The Reihl World.  The Instapundit talks to "an anti-Pelosi coup?"

Here is the gist of it.  The Blue Dog Democrats (I wonder if our Rep is still one of them) include House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer as being on their side, if not one of their number.  Mr Hoyer was elected House Majority Leader over Speaker Pelosi's own choice, Representative Jack Murtha of Johnstown, PA (PA-12).

The money quote:
And Obama is working primarily with the Blue Dogs to do an end run on the Liberal House with his fiscal responsibility summit.  The commissions would then present plans to Congress for an up-or-down vote.
"Fiscal Responsibility Summit?"  The WTOP Web Site says that Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is saying the 23rd of this month.

The blog with the quote connects to this one, with more detail.  I don't vouch for the Sundries Shack, but do vouch for The Riehl World View.

The coup part of this issue is not as interesting as the question of what the Blue Dog Democrats are up to and what impact they might have on the path the House of Representatives takes.

I note that per Wikipedia, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas is NOT a Blue Dog.  Chancellor Marty Meehan, when I moved to Lowell, was touted as a Blue Dog.  Made me think about my affiliations as I left the military and accepted that I could align with one party or another in my voting registration. As the real estate agents say, location, location, location.  Representative Loretta Sanchez is a Blue Dog.  She has a district (CA-47) snap dab in the middle of Orange Country (Anaheim, Garden Grove and Santa Ana).  That is still a somewhat conservative area.  But, Rep Gary Condit (CA-18) was a Blue Dog.  That isn't good company.

It will be interesting to see if President Obama is really allied with the Blue Dog Democrats and what that will mean for the future.

Regards  --  Cliff

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