Is the all but extinct brand of Democrat, the blue dog (which still exist as a small coalition), due for a comeback? Lots of stories coming out about business leaders not being happy about the Tea Party antics being bad for the bottom line:
The shutdown, and the default scare that ensued, widened the fissure between Tea Party Republicans and the business establishment. Now business groups are considering fielding their own candidates in the 2014 Republican primaries and redirecting their ample resources to deposing Tea Party stalwarts like Amash. “We are going to get engaged,” says Scott Reed, senior political strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which spent more than $35 million on elections in 2012, the vast majority of it on behalf of Republicans. “The need is now more than ever to elect people who understand the free market and not silliness.
One would think this is an opening for the Democrats to try to swoop in to claim some of the mantle of responsible governance, they apparently are trying:
The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that the DCCC sees an opportunity to exploit divisions within the Republican coalition. With Wall Street and corporate leaders apparently annoyed by their lack of influence in Republican circles, coupled with the rise of Tea Party dominance among GOP lawmakers, Democratic leaders are reminding the business community that it was Dems who were doing what’s right for the economy, while it’s Republicans who shut down the government and threatened a sovereign debt crisis
Sorry Democrats, just “reminding ” the business community you are more responsible is not going to cut it. You need candidates who are going to be a farther to the right Democrat than you have now, you need the blue dogs back. One would think a national party chairman would be wise to capitalize on this rift by running such candidates. Instead, they are merely talking.