John Tanner, a Blue Dog who voted against both health care and the climate bill and has a “crucial vote” score on Progressive Punch of just 40%, will retire at the end of the term, giving up a seat that went 56-43 for John McCain in 2008.

This is the second Blue Dog to retire in less than a week, with Dennis Moore (KS-03) doing the same. Moore’s seat, which actually went for Obama in ’08, is more likely to stay in Democratic hands. And Tanner was actually a founder of the Blue Dogs.

We have discussed at FDL News the lack of money flowing to Blue Dog’s PAC in recent months – they received just three donations in the entire month of September. They don’t have much of a war chest at this stage of the cycle. One wonders if this is figuring in to some Blue Dog decisions on retirements, aside from the political environment.

David Dayen

David Dayen

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