Nancy Boyda was not selected to become a member of the Blue Dog Coalition. This is old news, but since the Parsons Sun decided to run a story on it today, I'm going to share some thoughts.
The Blue Dogs were formed during the Democrats' previous majority. They were primarily conservative southern Democrats who didn't like the fiscal policies of the liberal wing of the party. These are the types who partnered with Reagan in the 80's to make much needed changes to the tax code.
Now the Blue Dogs primarily act as political cover for Democrats in Republican-leaning Congressional Districts. A couple times each year, this group makes a little noise to sound fiscally conservative. In truth, when you look at the votes of this organization, an overwhelming majority of its members have opposed tax relief and supported spending increases.
Dennis Moore is part of the political cover brigade. He is certainly not a fiscal conservative. Sure he talks about being fiscally conservative, but his long record in Congress says something entirely different - just like Boyda's record will. At the end of the day, all Nancy Boyda lost was the opportunity to wave the Blue Dog flag as some sort of "proof" that she's a fiscal conservative.
Here's an interesting parting thought. Dennis Moore is a "leader" in the Blue Dog Coalition. How is it that one of the leaders can't get a vulnerable home state "fiscal conservative" in? Nancy is either too liberal for the group, or she's already gotten on the wrong side of at least 21 other Blue Dogs, Dennis has absolutely no pull within the group or Dennis didn't want Nancy in the group. Hmmmm . . .
Dedicated to the proposition that Nancy Boyda is a one termer.