Blue Dogs not the first dog

President Barack Obama is finding his Portuguese water dog, named Bo, is a better pal than Blue Dogs.

The fiscally conservative Blue Dogs, Democratic U.S. representatives who do not follow the party line on many money votes, opposed Obama more than House Democrats overall in the first half of 2009, a study by the University of Minnesota’s Smart Politics blog shows. But it was just 5.4 percentage points less than overall Democratic votes.

Reps. Collin Peterson of western Minnesota, Stephanie Herseth Sandlin and Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota are among the Blue Dogs, a 52-member organization that Peterson helped start.

Sandlin sides with Obama just 73 percent of the time, while Peterson agreed with Obama on 81 percent of votes. Pomeroy was much more friendly with the new president, voting with him 92 percent of the time.

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