Blue Dogs May Get an Earful

The Politico is reporting on an overnight deal between Blue Dogs and liberals that will allow the House Democratic health care bill to clear the Energy and Commerce Committee. But as Blue Dogs return home during August recess, they may be facing a backlash among their constituents. While there’s no polling data that breaks down support for health care legislation by Congressional district, what we do know is that legislation is even less popular among independents than it is among the national at large, and independents are more abundant in Blue Dog districts. According to Pew survey, just 34 percent of independents said they support the health care plans currently being discussed in Congress, compared to 49 percent who are opposed. But the actual break down of the numbers is even worse. Among those who say who they are following the issue closely, just 27 were supportive, compared to an overwhelming 70 percent who were opposed. And presumably, those who are paying more attention to the issue are the ones more likely to be attending town hall meetings and calling their members of Congress.