A question for the audience:
Why are Blue Dog politicians Democrats? Why aren't they Republicans?
If they are not Republicans, is it because of certain policy differences, and if so, which ones?
I would say "culture war issues", but that's disproved by Sestak.
That's a damn good question.
Maybe as a Republican they would be expected to toe the line or face primaries, and as a Democrat they can hold their party hostage for more goodies. Just a difference in personality, the compulsion for greed outweighs compulsion to follow authoritarians?
It's probably due to several factors, including tradition: Lincoln was a Republican. FDR a DEm; also important is political niche.
"Blue Dog" D's at an earlier time would have been "moderate" R's but these days there is no room in the R party for "moderates". So those previously "moderate" R's run as "Blue-Dogs" & the D liberals have to vote for them lest the R win. The answer to the 'Blue Dogs' is tough primary challenges to them in every district every election. Nagahappen.
some people aren't happy unless they make everybody else miserable.
just like goldman sachs hedged their bets so that they come out winners no matter the outcome, the oligarchy has set up the system that guarantees their control no matter which party holds power.