If there’s one person responsible for the thuggery experienced by Democrats in their districts during recess, it’s Steny Hoyer.

Hoyer is the patron saint of the Blue Dogs.  He sees his path to the Speaker position courting their favor.  Look at the recipients of his PAC money.  Matches up pretty perfectly with the Blue Dog membership list.

Nancy Pelosi tried to protect the caucus from this shit by taking the vote before August.  Here’s Blue Dog Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin taking credit for the delay:

"We’ve achieved the victory of not having a vote on the House floor that will give every member a chance to digest what’s in the bill, whether it’s in a markup that occurs in Energy and Commerce or whether it’s as the bill exists right now,” she said. “It is because of the Blue Dog Coalition that there is no floor vote before the August break.”

Hoyer fought hard to make sure the Blue Dogs got everything they want in the situation.  What happened to Tim Bishop (above) and Lloyd Doggett today, and to Frank Kratovil last week, is going to happen over and over again as the well paid thuggery of Dick Armey and David Koch gets visited on the Democratic caucus, courtesy of their Blue Dog bretheren.  Made possible by Steny Hoyer.

Welcome to the Steny Show.

Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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