Pam Gulleson Joining Blue Dog Coalition That Is Quickly Going Extinct


Last week the Blue Dog coalition, a group of supposedly moderate Democrats in the House of Representatives, announced that they were endorsing three Democrat candidates this cycle, among them North Dakota’s Pam Gulleson.

Gulleson’s Democrat predecessor in North Dakota’s at-large seat, Earl Pomeroy, was also a member of the Blue Dog coalition. But Pomeroy was also a member of a class of Blue Dogs that got decimated in the 2010 elections.

In 2009 the Blue Dog coalition numbered 54. After the 2010 cycle, exactly half of the Blue Dogs had lost their seats either to retirement of defeat at the polls. Two more Blue Dogs have since stepped down from the coalition – Rep. Jane Harman and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords – and four more – Dan Boren, Dennis Cardoza, Mike Ross and Heath Shuler – have announced their retirements at the end of their current term.

Rep. Joe Donnelly is leaving the House to run for the Senate, and Representatives Altmire and Holden have lost in primary competitions to more liberal Democrats.

That leaves the total number of Blue Dogs left standing, one cycle removed from their 2009 peak of 54, at 18. And political analysis Jim Ellis notes that the bleeding for Blue Dogs isn’t likely to end there, noting that many of the remaining Blues face tough re-elections and none of the new blood they’ve endorsed (including Gulleson) are likely to win:

An additional eight members face highly competitive re-election fights. For Reps. Joe Baca (D-CA-43), John Barrow (D-GA-12), Leonard Boswell (D-IA-3), Ben Chandler (D-KY-6), Larry Kissell (D-NC-8), Jim Matheson (D-UT-2), Mike McIntyre (D-NC-7) and Mike Michaud (D-ME-2) either renomination or re-election is no certainty.

Furthermore, of the 11 candidates the Blue Dog Coalition has so far endorsed, none, today, are favored to win their elections. They are:

AR-4: Clark Hall (D) vs. R nominee – Underdog
FL-2: Leonard Bembry (D) vs. Rep. Steve Southerland (R) – Underdog
IN-2: Brendan Mullen (D) vs. Jackie Walorski (R) – Underdog
IN-8: Dave Crooks (D) vs. Rep. Larry Bucshon (R) — Underdog
MI-1: Gary McDowell (D) vs. Rep. Dan Benishek (R) – Toss-up
NC-11: Hayden Rogers (D) vs. R nominee – Underdog
ND-AL: Pam Gulleson (D) vs. R nominee – Underdog
OH-6: Former Rep. Charlie Wilson (D) vs. Rep. Bill Johnson (R) – Toss-up
OK-2: Rob Wallace (D) vs. R nominee – Underdog
SC-7: Ted Vick (D) vs. R nominee – Underdog
TX-14: Former Rep. Nick Lampson (D) vs. R nominee – Toss-up (at best)

With eight of its members in tough races and no guaranteed winners among the 11 candidates the coalition has officially endorsed, it appears that the Blue Dogs are headed for another difficult political year.

I’ll say.

The problem with the Blue Dogs is that it was all a charade, one that was exposed both by changes in the media. Blogging and social media allow a greater degree of scrutiny on politicians, which has been tough on politicians who like to don the mantle of the moderate even while having a something less-than-moderate voting record. But the Democrat party’s move to the far left under Obama has also hurt Democrats as well.

Pam Gulleson hopes to be able to do the same Blue Dog song and dance that Pomeroy perfected for years, but she doesn’t yet realize that the music for that charade is over.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Matthew

    The problem with the Republican party is that you have sold your soul to the Religious Right. Where do you go if you are fiscally conservative, but socially moderate?

    Or what do you do if you are both fiscally and socially moderate, which most people are?

    • Goon

       That would be the RINO party… Just saying. That being said, Pam Gulleson is a liberal democrat and her joining the Blue Dogs is laughable.

    • ZwilD1

      Where is your evidence to such statements ? That would be like us saying you Matthew are a christian because you have a biblical name. Kinda of general don’t you think ?

      • Matthew

        You need to learn the history of your own party.

        Ralph Reed hijacked your party 30 years ago. Ronald Reagan couldn’t be elected by the modern Republican Party. As week as Romney is on issues, he is the best thing to happen to the Republican Party, because maybe it will stop the control of evangelicals in your Party.

        • ZwilD1

          Never said I was a Republician Matthew. Once again you assume.

        • $8194357

          (You need to learn the history of your own party.)

          As well as you do apoligist lemming..

          The Democratic cultural marxist ideogies are “rich”…

          Cultural terrorisms politically correct social justice lie…

          The history of the KKK “IS” the root system from which “you” draw…


          Good and thourough Documentary on the origin of political correctness.

          As it turns out it is a revision of the marxist concept of false consciousness and has very real similarities with policies made by the communists in the eastern bloc in order to silence dissent.

          The western variant originated in the “critical theory” of the Frankfurt School.

          Refusing to take any responsibility for their own belief system and present their agenda in a direct and comprehensible manner,
          they found themselves content with igniting the conflicts within capitalist societies in order to weaken them.

          Promoting hedonism and making enemies of every thinkable grouping within the free world, they kept authorities comfortably busy on the homefront.

          Blacks and whites, husbands and wives, young and old, gay and straight etc. If gay-marriages were to become a majority preference one day, they would surely fight for the rights of the minority-group of individuals who want to marry their pets and criticise homosexuals for discriminating against people with a more polymorpheus sexuality than themselves.

          In essence many of the moronic professors now presiding over all the big social “studies” departments at american and european universities are the wounded victims of this aspect of the cold war.

          Getting a helping hand by the active measures of the soviet union

          because they had a weakened sense of truth,

          unable to resist the careful attack on academia, led by the cultural marxists, disappointed by the revolutionary potential of the western working class.

          The Origins of Political Correctness

          end quote

          Read and learn idiot lemming….UNESCO retard..

          Yeah Matt,,,,,search UNESCO while your at it…

          Lemmings moving on to Quisling collaborators..

    • sbark

      which most people are…..hmmmm……and yet twice as many in various polls claim they are conservative vrs. Liberal…..

      This is like saying anyone who believes in what the Bill of Rights and Constitution lay out in terms of human freedoms ……………..are “right wing extremists”……

      …………. if being an extremist means simply having faith in a higher power and clinging to a values-based moral code and the Rule of Law., then I’ guess I will wear your label proudly………..

      You can have your Savage Love sex advice, Hollywood society and democrat corruption…….You can have your 10 religions of the left—and they are more rabid and pushy about them than any Christian will ever be—–think of the Global Warmers, the Abortionists,  The Welfare pushers,  The Class Envy queens,  The Gay Rights parades

      At least the GOP flushes their poltical toilet……..from  Nixon to Newt to Packwood to Ted Stevens……..when they screw up: they are gone

      Charley Rangle, Giethner Bill Clinton, Eiric Holder and Obama are all still leftist heros………

      I’m out………got a beer on the table, walleye to clean and the blondes on Fox news to watch…..

      • $8194357

        Liberals are jumping ship and “re-branding” as Libertarians now sbark….


        Homer Simpson on walleye….hee ..hee…

        beer batter deep fat fried bite of “heaven”


        • Econwarrior

          So true, especially the “libertarians” who want to destroy our society with legalized drugs.  A libertarian is a liberal who says “free market” every so often, but who doesn’t understand the moral underpinnings of a successful free market system.  Moral relativists need not apply.

        • sbark

          Notice Obama’s new Slogan…………….FOWARD

          Long term historical use from Stalin, Lenin on up thru present times

          • $8194357

            Yeah it is what it is…
            Notice the “new” navy slogan?

            “A “global” force for “good”…

            A “sustainable” future run by elitists fascists in the name of global enviromentalism and third world redistributive “justice”..
            Blue beannies with “muscle”, huh…

            UN international progressive Olagarchy been “runnin DC” for a very very long time..
            Dhimmis for the international progressive agendas, no?


            New Obama slogan has long ties to Marxism, socialism

            Posted on May 1, 2012 by Cowboy Byte

            The Obama campaign apparently didn’t look backwards into history when selecting its new campaign slogan, “Forward” — a word with a long and rich association with European Marxism.Many Communist and radical publications and entities throughout the 19th and 20th centuries had the name “Forward!” or its foreign cognates. Wikipedia has an entire section called “Forward (generic name of socialist publications).”“The name Forward carries a special meaning in socialist political terminology. It has been frequently used as a name for socialist, communist and other left-wing newspapers and publications,” the online encyclopedia explains.

    • Roy_Bean

      Any party is controlled by those who take an interest.  The Religious Right took an interest and had a big influence on the Republican party.  The trouble with moderates is that they tend to be…moderate.  People who are moderate on gun control don’t get out the checkbook and write the $750 check to the NRA for a life membership.  People who are moderate on politics don’t usually get out the checkbook and send a few hundred bucks to a candidate.  In most elections nearly half of the U.S. population doesn’t even care enough to vote. 
      This election is going to answer the question for the United States of America as we know it.  Either we “moderately” stand by and let the democrat party turn us into a North American version of the old Soviet Union or we passionately get out the vote and return this to the land of the free.  We’re on the brink here and at this point moderation just isn’t going to cut it. 

      • sbark

        Its such a critical election,  with 3 SCOTUS judges at or near 80……..all 3 could be in play.

        That alone would set the tone for our country for decades, and push it over the top…or into the abyss.

        Let alone the economic morass the adolescants have now left us with, and yes I’l include GWBush in that group with his spending that gave Obama and regime to do it 50X worse.

    • 308T

      What do you do if you’re pro-gun,oil,coal,border security,life & fiscally conservative? You either vote Repub or lie to yourself & ND like the Heitkamps then vote Dem & CLAIM that party supports all of the above.