Blue Dog Supplemental Saboteur List, Updated

Once again, here's the list of the Blue Dogs (plus Sestak) who are against the supplemental because of the conditions it imposes. I removed Kirsten Gillibrand, because she signaled she'd vote for the bill after internal deliberations and public pressure from her supporters.

Here's the list, with three new members (Lincoln Davis (TN-04), Joe Donnelly (IN-02), and Bob Ethridge (NC-02)). Lots of Indiana reps on the list, which is nice because it's Evan Bayh whose wavering in the Senate (along with the Nelsons, of course).

Michael Arcuri (NY-24)
John Barrow (GA-12)
Melissa Bean (IL-08)
Dan Boren (OK-02)
Jim Cooper (TN-05)
Bud Cramer (AL-02)
Lincoln Davis (TN-04)
Joe Donnelly (IN-02)
Brad Ellsworth (IN-08)
Bob Ethridge (NC-02)
Kirsten Gillibrand (NY-20) ???
Baron Hill (IN-09)
Tim Mahoney (FL-16)
Jim Marshall (GA-08)
Mike McIntyre (NC-07)
Collin Peterson (MN-07)
John Salazar (CO-03)
Joe Sestak (PA-07)
Heath Shuler (NC-11)
Gene Taylor (MS-04)

Today's big win in the Appropriations Committee is good for momentum. Win or lose, Pelosi is an amazing Speaker.

List of Blue Dog Saboteurs

From a source close to the House Democratic caucus, here's a list of Blue Dogs that don't want to vote for this bill because it has a certain date for withdrawal.  

Michael Arcuri (NY-24)
John Barrow (GA-12)
Melissa Bean (IL-08)
Dan Boren (OK-02)
Jim Cooper (TN-05)
Bud Cramer (AL-02)
Brad Ellsworth (IN-08)
Kirsten Gillibrand (NY-20)
Baron Hill (IN-09)
Tim Mahoney (FL-16)
Jim Marshall (GA-08)
Mike McIntyre (NC-07)
Collin Peterson (MN-07)
John Salazar (CO-03)
Joe Sestak (PA-07)
Heath Shuler (NC-11)
Gene Taylor (MS-04)

It's sad to see some freshmen we supported on the list.  Joe Sestak, Kirsten Gillibrand and Michael Arcuri had some online support from the progressive netroots.  Tim Mahoney, Heath Shuler, Brad Ellsworth, and Baron Hill were mostly to nearly all Rahm recruits.

These people are the Democrats that held Pelosi and the progressive hostage on the language for a firm withdrawal.  They are keeping the war going.  They need to be brought over.

UPDATE: Sestak isn't a Blue Dog, and I'm told that Kirsten Gillibrand just wants to see the bill first. Mmmkay. Color me skeptical. A simple public statement would do wonders.

UPDATE AGAIN: Kirsten Gillibrand has publicly stated she will vote for the supplemental.

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Gillibrand gets 'Times' profile

What took them so long?

The piece today is topped off by a photo with Kirsten, plus Mom and son, at the airport.

(Kirsten has wild hair, the little boy's is spookily neat. Mom - won't be appearing in any I thought you were sisters ads.)

It's short and shallow - but with one or two snippets of note.

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A great campaign photo

[In the spirit of the site's winding down for Christmas.]

One of the common features of candidate sites are piles of crappy snaps.

Not only do they usually portray the candidate unattractively, they do the same to those supporters, endorsing elected officials and others who have the misfortune to be snapped with said candidate.

(There were exceptions - Patrick Murphy of PA-8 on his site had a stunning photo featuring him and his wife in his campaign HQ office. But precious few of them.)

Kirsten Gillibrand's site was mostly snaps - though relieved by the fact that both she and her little boy were well beyond cute.

Now, I come across a great photo of the two of them on the site of the Women Under Forty PAC - or WUFPAC. (Really.)

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Hoyer supporters close to Pelosi's bosom

Metphorically speaking.

John Spratt of SC is a senior guy in the Dem House hierarchy: ranking member on Budget and Assistant to the Leader.

However, he's not being of much assistance right now: reportedly, he has gone public about planning to vote for Hoyer for Maj Leader!

Did Spratt get the rubber hose treatment from the Signora as did freshmen like Gillibrand? Or was she well aware such blandishments would be futile?

It all adds to the puzzle about the status of Pelosi's support for Murtha. How far is she making supporting Murtha a litmus test of the loyalty of House Dems?

Has anyone being counting these public expressions of voting intention? There's not only the whip count aspect, but also the size of the cohort coming out for Hoyer is a measure of the willingness of the House party to defy its leader.

At least there's only a few hours before we get the result...

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