Blue Dogs must be hazing a bigger sad than normal today with the imminent loss of Jane Harman from their ranks. Prior to this, they moaned to DC rag The Hill that they have no communication with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

There’s been “no communication” this Congress between House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and members of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition, one of its top members said Monday.

Rep. Heath Shuler (N.C.), who challenged Pelosi for the job of Democratic leader in the 112th Congress, suggested that Blue Dog Democrats feel shut out from the leadership in the House.

“There has really been no communication whatsoever,” Shuler told MSNBC. “We still do not have any connection between the Blue Dogs and leadership.”

In perhaps the ultimate rebuke to the Democratic leader, Shuler said Blue Dog Democrats often have more in common ideologically with former President Ronald Reagan than with Pelosi. What would have been Reagan’s 100th birthday prompted remembrances over the weekend.

Of course the Blue Dogs have more in common with Reagan than they do Pelosi. Because they support raising taxes and amnesty for undocumented immigrants. Wait-

I’m shocked that Shuler, who blamed the loss of the House on Pelosi, who challenged her for Minority Leader, who led a bloc of colleagues who refused to vote for her for Speaker, and who tried to get the rules changed so she didn’t have as much say over committee assignments, is then so sad about Pelosi not communicating with him. He expected a pony? By the way, after the elections, Blue Dog Jim Matheson was named a deputy whip, and Blue Dog Henry Cuellar now sits on the steering committee, along with Shuler. So he’s talking nonsense here.

Maybe Shuler just says this stuff in public to get on the teevee and increase his own personal exposure, in front of a press corps who loves conflict and holds no love for Pelosi anyway. This plays to the biases of that press corps and allows them to write stories about Democrats in disarray.

Meanwhile, this buried lede is worth mentioning:

Members of the Blue Dog Coalition will gather to discuss their priorities for the coming Congress, and former President Clinton will be among the speakers, according to Shuler.

The Big Dog and the Blue Dogs.

David Dayen

David Dayen

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