Blue Dogs Bite Blue Men

February 5th, 2009at 08:25pm Posted by Eli

Well, it’s come down to this – even Blue Men are getting laid off:

It’s a tough time to be a Blue Man.

Word has trickled out about significant layoffs in recent weeks at the long-running show, which has played the Briar Street Theatre in Chicago for more than a decade and also has outposts in Boston, Las Vegas and New York.

At its peak, the Chicago operation employed as many as eight blue men. Although the show uses only three at once, it offers a seasonally adjusted schedule of shows that have included as many as three shows a day.

Not right now. After the layoffs, the Chicago Blue Men are down to three full-time drummers, provocateurs and marshmallow munchers, plus a couple of part-time guys who fill in as needed. And while the schedule has always changed according to the time of year, the February slate looks much thinner than usual. The late-night show appears to have been nixed on several winter Fridays.

But do conservative Democrats care about the plight of the Blue Man?  Noooo.

The leadership of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of conservative Democrats concerned about the federal deficit, sent an open letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) Thursday complaining about the size of the House bill and supporting a Senate effort to toss out much of the spending.

“We believe that’s a highly worthwhile goal, and that there are additional provisions that would be better left for consideration in regular order,” said the letter, signed by Blue Dog leader Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.) and the rest of the Blue Dog leadership.

Eleven Democrats voted against the stimulus package in the House, most of them Blue Dogs from conservative districts bothered by the spending. The letter said that many others voted for it because they expected it to be trimmed back in the Senate or in the conference committee that will hammer out the final package.


Congressional leaders had hoped to send the package to Obama before the Presidents Day holiday weekend, a deadline that appears increasingly unlikely in the face of growing opposition.

Thanks, Blue Dogs.  I hope you’re happy when all the remaining Blue Men collapse from exhaustion.

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Economy,Obama,Politics,Wankers

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