I often run into conflicting opinions on the congress during the Reagan presidency. Republicans are always happy to point out that both the senate and the house had a democrat majority, so Reagan had to work in a bipartisan way and his policies were passed with a solid consensus of everybody. On the other hand, liberals will point out that a large portion of that democratic majority were conservative southern democrats, so while the democrats controlled congress, the conservatives had the majority.
Was there a conservative group of democrats that generally voted with the republicans during the Reagan era? If so, why weren’t they republicans in the first place? Were there any republicans that generally voted with the democrats?
I see that todays democratic congress includes a block of “Blue Dog” democrats that define themselves as conservatives. Is there a similar block of republicans that define themselves as liberal?