Self-Described Blue Dog Doesn't Walk the Walk

April 27, 2009

From “Congressman Patrick Murphy calls himself a “Blue Dog Democrat.” The homepage of his congressional Web site proudly says so. You can’t miss it; his Blue Dog logo sits right above an estimate of our current national debt. If you click on the logo, it takes you to the official Blue Dog Democrat Web site, which contains the following description: “The fiscally conservative Democratic Blue Dog Coalition was formed in 1995, with the goal of representing the center of the House of Representatives and appealing to the mainstream values of the American public. The Blue Dogs are dedicated to a core set of beliefs that transcend partisan politics, including a deep commitment to the financial stability and national security of the United States.” Transcend partisan politics? A deep commitment to financial stability? These sublime principles sound great – like an island of reason in Washington’s sea of absurdity. Well, you know the old saying about things that seem too good to be true …”