"Moderate Democrats could hold the key to the fate of President Barack Obama's agenda this year. They have the numbers to be decisive in the House of Representatives -- the 51-member Blue Dog Coalition could doom an initiative if it sticks together, since Democrats control 256 seats, it takes 218 votes to win, and no Republicans have voted for major Democratic budget bills this year. So far, though, it's debatable how much sway the Democratic centrists have had. They declared victory last week when they got written promises from Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., that they'd support paying for major spending measures with offsetting spending cuts or higher taxes to avoid driving up deficits."
With the Republican party imploding, the blue dogs are the only voice of fiscal sanity left in Washington.