There are early signs that progressives are truly fed up with being treated like free piggy banks to the Blue Dogs. There are two articles that indicate things could be shifting under the Blue Dogs’ feet.
Up front, h/t to PaulVA at Daily Kos.
The first comes from the union side of things. The Sheet Metal Workers International Association is the first union to have suspended all campaign donations to every Democratic candidate until the Employee Free Choice Act and true health care reform have been passed. Now that’s letting the money talk! Further, AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Richard Trumka puts a shot right across the ConservaDems’ bow:
And then there’s that other group: those fair weather friends who can’t seem to decide which side they’re on. I’m talking about politicians who love to have our help come election time, but, always seem to forget us after the votes are counted.
He continues with language that allows for no misunderstanding:
we need to send them a special message: it’s that you may have forgotten what the labor movement did to get you elected; but, by God, we never will! And if you stab us in the back on health care this year don’t you dare ask us for our support next year!
PaulVA points out that labor has contributed more in this cycle than the health care industry, financial services or any other interest group to the Blue Dogs. More importantly, labor supporters have provided the greatest difference in field operations for Democrats than any other group for a long, long time. These ConservaDems, by and large, represent relatively right-leaning districts. If the troops don’t show up in 2010, it will be much, much harder for these clowns to win their re-election campaigns.
Rep. Salazar is one of the folks, representing CO-03. If substantial numbers of real Democrats don’t show up, Rep. Salazar, do you think you can power yourself to victory? Will you really take the chance to find out?