Even the Huffington Post can't quite figure this out - Alexi Giannoulias, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, is pledging to found a 'progressive' (a/k/a ultra-liberal) caucus in the U.S. Senate because, well, folks like those darn Blue Dog Democrats in the House are just too conservative:
The Illinois Democrat's campaign told the Huffington Post that the objective is to provide a philosophical counterweight to the sway that conservative Democratic members often have over legislation.
"Think of this proposal as a sort of 'Blue Line' caucus for the Senate -- a group of progressive leaders who will hold the line and set a minimum threshold of what we think should be at the bargaining table," Giannoulias said in a statement.
As you might expect, the uber-liberal DailyKos blog is in full support of Alexi's strategy.
Is Alexi grossly overestimating just how deep his liberal base in Illinois really is? Democrats in general are running for the hills from the failed Obama policies (especially regarding job creation), and it seems like Alexi is doubling down on a party that looks to be headed for disaster at the polling places this fall.
As we have said before, this race will be won in the middle, not at the poles.