Who is out of step with their districts here? Well, basically everyone, considering only a dozen congressional districts have either majorities or pluralities opposed to withdrawal. The most egregious offenders are Lipinski, Cooper and Costa, who come from solidly Democratic districts. Boswell, Ross, Tanner and Wilson come from districts that, as of 2004, leaned slightly Democratic, and probably lean even more so now. Altmire, Barrow, Boyd, Cuellar, Lincoln Davis, Etheridge, McIntyre, Synder and Walz all come from districts with partisan voting indexes that lean Republican, but which do so by a smaller amount than Democrats won the national House vote in 2006 (in other words, districts that a probably slightly lean blue these days). Those are the 16 districts where it strikes me that the most pressure, including both potential and real primary challenges, can be successfully applied.
I'll stop the analysis there, for now. The purpose of this post was to identify the core list of Bush Dogs, as well as provide information on their districts, their relationship to centrist (New Dem) and conservative (Blue Dog) House caucuses, whether or not they are freshman, and whether or not they received national blogosphere support when they first won their seats in Congress. Hopefully, this can serve as a reference point for the upcoming fights we face on Iraq and FISA. For now, I will leave the rest of the analysis to you.