Blue Dogs represent the values of Middle America. Blue Dogs are conservative Democrats that do not support abortion, gay marriages or gun control. There are other issues. Primarily, securing the border to stop the flow of drugs into the United States and the hemorrhage of manufacturing jobs leaving the United States for other countries.

Immigration reform was killed in Washington. This represented a victory for grassroots Republican conservatives who, spurred by right-wing radio talk show hosts, overwhelmed Congress with phone calls and e-mails assailing the legislation. The right wing radio talk show hosts must be countered with an effective strategy to minimize their strength.

A blue dog is our mascot because when dogs are not let into the house, they stay outside in the cold and turn blue. In order for Democrats to win in 2008, Democrats need Blue Dogs who are anxious to help but have a price — Democrats must stop supporting abortions, gay marriages, return manufacturing jobs to middle America and secure the border.