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(From Guardian Unlimited)
As Congress' summer recess continues to produce town hall after town hall of screaming protesters and organised chaos, it's not hard to see why Barack Obama wanted to get healthcare reform finished by the end of July. Nothing like sending a batch of already paranoid members of Congress back to their districts, only to have their worst fears echoed in the voices of an angry mob.
Thank the Blue Dogs .
Before the healthcare debate, the coalition of conservative Democrats were a relatively obscure group to most Americans. But when they a href="http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/national/2009/07/28/democrats-stall-obamas-healthcare-reform.html"&g t;stalled the House energy and commerce committee's markup of the healthcare bill , the Blue Dogs emerged in …