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Did Ellen Tauscher quit the Blue Dogs?

by: Brian Leubitz

Wed Mar 07, 2007 at 16:39:56 PM PST

(Josh Richman -- who was the first reporter to get Tauscher on record about the netroots hatred of her -- gets Tauscher Flack Kevin Lawlor to say that she is only taking a "leave" because she "wouldn’t be a valuable member." -- blogswarm
Now cross-posted to dKos and MyDD. - promoted by blogswarm

ellen tauscher george bush I was reading a MyDD post by Chris Bowers on the Blue DOgs, and found myself at their current membership page.  And guess who is not on there? Why, Ms. Ellen Tauscher does not appear on the membership page at all. Funny thing about that...it's really not very hard to find evidence that she was a Blue Dog in the past.  Examples? Well, try a Google search for "Tauscher Blue Dog, and you'll find plenty of links, including some to her own site. And, of course, there's the Internet Archive of the old member list.

Has Ms. Tauscher unceremoniously dumped the Blue Dogs?  As far as I can see, she didn't issue a press release noting the exit from the hawkish group.  She tried to do it all quiet like, but as she knows from the "The Caress", the internet has a long memory. It never forgets.

So why would Ellen Tauscher leave the Blue Dogs? Could it be because they enable the President's disastrous occupation of Iraq.  Why just today, they were trumpeting their success in enabling this disaster of a president:

With Democrats in charge again, the Blue Dogs have played a key role in halting an emerging plan to place strict conditions on war funding. Their revolt helped beat back that proposal, by Pelosi ally John Murtha, D-Pa. Leaders are now considering a watered-down version. (AP 3/7/07)

Wow, that's some great work.  And as Chris pointed out, 58% of the nation supports such a plan.  Wow! It's a great thing the Blue Dogs were able to moderate us! Phew, otherwise we would have gone and done something that the people supported.  Heaven forbid!

So, Ms. Tauscher, how do you feel about the Blue Dogs victory? How are you working to get the troops out of Iraq within 120 days (of 6 months ago)? How are you working to answer the questions that this Iraq War mother asked you in December?

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It'd be more fun (8.00 / 2)
If they kicked her out and didn't tell her.

building a time-line (0.00 / 0)
The google cache retrieved on Mar 1, 2007 02:12:36 GMT still lists Tauscher as a member.

Twitter: @BobBrigham

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It seems they did a whole redesign (0.00 / 0)
of the site.  Leaving off Tauscher.  She's also off The Blue Dog PAC site


But interestingly enough, the Google cache page has her on the top of the page, but not on the list.  And that's also March 1.

Now there are 43 members of the Blue Dog Caucus, but right after the election,the SF Chronicle (via Tauscher's site) says that there are 44 after the election.

SO, sometime between Nov 7 and Mar 7 she quit.  Possibly this week?

I think?

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In fact, one page on the site says 44 members (0.00 / 0)
This is very, very recent. This page says 44 members, which is the tally if you include Tauscher.

I think?

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I'm sure (0.00 / 0)
I think we are all sure this had nothing to do with her getting a front-page story in the Post on getting primaried -- even before there was an announced candidate.

If she did leave, does this mean she will run the NDC in a way contrary to how the Blue Dogs are doing things?

Twitter: @BobBrigham

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Primaries are good (0.00 / 0)
On a similar but different battle going on in another state, Sirota wrote:

This is a man who is a professional politician - a vessel, if you will, for whoever most effectively pressures him to carry their water. If we want Max to do better, then it is incumbent on us to pressure him and create the political environment that makes him doing better a political necessity FOR HIM.

This is Politics 101. In carrot vs. stick terms, Max would like us to only use the carrot method - but with K Street dumping huge amounts of cash into his campaign, any of the carrots we give him are not going to add up to change. It is the mix of the carrot AND the stick of focused grassroots pressure that may make the difference.

I think Tauscher is also a vessel for whoever most effectively pressures her to carry their water. I don't think that this is a sign she has changed, but a reminder that the water she carried in the past looks more ridiculous the more the country progresses.

But just because Tauscher has followed the polls on this doesn't mean anyone should trust her absent overwhelming pressure.

Twitter: @BobBrigham

great catch, Brian (0.00 / 0)
someone needs to tell Wikipedia. And I wonder what it means that Harman's picture isn't posted under her name.

OK, I'll ask (0.00 / 0)
Has anybody called her office to ask? Or contacted the Blue Dogs for the same purpose?

I noticed this too late (0.00 / 0)
I'll probably give a call to her DC office tomorrow morning.

I think?

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If we can get her to support... (0.00 / 0)
...a repeal of the 2005 Bankruptcy Bill and root-and-branch reform of lending, from mortgages to credit cards to student loans, THEN I'd be impressed.

But this is interesting; clearly she's trying to downplay her 10 years of DLC Blue Dog dealings.

You can check out any time you like but you can never leave

Hold on a sec - haven't you heard that (0.00 / 0)
Tauscher and Harman are now left-wing tools who dutifully line up behind Nancy Pelosi because of the Ka-RAzy, angry, and unhinged netroots? 

At least, that's what the word is today from a website called FrontPageMagazine.com.It laments the loss of these two moderates to the loony left and the tragic situation of the last principled politician, Joe Lieberman.  With quotes from Dan Gerstein too on the errors of the Democratic Party, too! 

After you read it, don't forget to use the feature that allows you to send the article to your "eBrigade". 
You wouldn't want your fellow 101st Fightin Keyboardists to be denied this information, would you?

Need a contact # for a CA Legislator? Check here

hahahaha (0.00 / 0)
Throughout her 2006 re-election run, Tauscher was savaged by left-wing blogs and advocacy sites like Dump Ellen Tauscher and Ellen Tauscher Weekly, which kept a running count of her political heresies.

If be "throughout her 2006 re-election" the author meant that neither site was created until after the election then he was spot on.

Twitter: @BobBrigham

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