As the Democrats look to pack on additional spending on a war supplemental, it appears that the Democratic leadership’s eyes are too big for the Blue Dogs’ collective stomach, causing a bad case of indigestion.

As Mike Soraghan points out in The Hill today, “A small group of fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrats is threatening to block the emergency war spending bill over a program for veterans’ benefits not offset with tax hikes or spending cuts.”

Now, that sounds like a nice start on the road to rebellion, but let’s not kid ourselves. The Democratic leadership is going to exert enough pressure on these Blue Dogs to make them buckle. They want to get this pork-laden package of spending goods to the president by Memorial Day to ensure that he vetoes it. Does this strategy help the troops? No. But in the view of the Democratic leaders, they get the chance to score some political points.

I get a kick out of the liberal Democratic leadership.

In peacetime, they support cutting our military and our intelligence services to the bone in order to promote more spending on social welfare programs.

Then, as soon as we enter a war — chiefly because we had a decimated intelligence agency — they bitterly complain about how the war is conducted. They complain about strategy, they refuse to support the mission, and they highlight all the problems while diminishing all the successes.

They promise their voters that they will end the war as soon as they get into power, but then discover that once they get into power, they can’t fulfill their promises.

And so they turn their attention to “helping the troops.” This means passing a pork-infested bill full of goodies for politicians, but precious little for the troops.

When they discover that their spending plans are too ambitious for their own caucus, they invent a parliamentary strategy that bypasses the Appropriations Committee, bypasses amendments on the House floor, and bypasses a conference committee, all for the purposes of getting a bill to the president’s desk by the Memorial Day holiday, so he can veto it and they can score some political points.

This is why less than 20 percent of the American people currently approve of the job Congress is doing.

And that is why the Blue Dogs currently have a bad case of indigestion.