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Kyrsten Sinema Turns Blue Dog, Liberals Blow a Gasket

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Check the following from the WaPo piece:

In danger of losing even more clout, the leading Blue Dogs are regrouping and rebuilding. They are adding four members to their ranks this week -- Reps. Ron Barber (Ariz.), Cheri Bustos (Ill.), Nick J. Rahall II (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) -- and angling to play a key role in bipartisan talks over the next few years in the belief that the polar tension in the Capitol will thaw.

"We're in this for the long haul," Rep. Kurt Schrader (Ore.), co-chairman of the Blue Dogs, said in an interview, predicting that the Democrats could regain the majority only if they are once again competitive in those rural and Southern districts. "We're the way the Democrats are going to get back into the majority."

Arizona's Ninth Congressional District, which Sinema Represents, is neither rural nor "Southern." That aside, I accept the general premise that conservative Ds can be a means to an end, like obtaining a Democratic majority in the U.S. House.

The BDC's website has the following comments from some old hounds on the new pups:

"When we look back at the political gamesmanship that ultimately shut down the federal government last year, it becomes clear that we need members like Ron, Kyrsten, Nick and Cheri more than ever," said John Barrow (D-GA), Blue Dog co-chair for administration. "As Blue Dogs, we continue to meet regularly with the Republican Tuesday Group to find commonsense solutions that both parties can agree on, and we welcome any Democrat who values this approach to policy-making."

"Being a Blue Dog means you are part of the solution, not part of the problem. Blue Dogs bring commonsense solutions to everyday problems and actually like working with colleagues on the other side of the aisle," said Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), Blue Dog co-chair for policy. "Our new members know it's time for governing, not gridlock. Congress should follow their lead."

Local libs are not amused, to judge by some of the Facebook comments regarding this news. They want Sinema to be CD 9's version of Congressman Raul Grijalva, minus the facial hair.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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