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An indication of the Democrats move to the left–DLC folds

Yesterday I mentioned the problems the more conservative among Democrats were having identifying with the Democratic party.  Blue Dogs in Congress have all but been ostracized by the Democratic leadership there, Southern Democrats (at a state level) are increasingly changing parties citing the move to the left by the national Democratic party and finally, today, we learn that the Democratic Leadership Council is closing its doors.

That may be the final nail in the claim of Democrats to be “main stream” as a national party.  

The Democratic Leadership Council, the iconic centrist organization of the Clinton years, is out of money and could close its doors as soon as next week, a person familiar with the plans said Monday.

The DLC, a network of Democratic elected officials and policy intellectuals had long been fading from its mid-’90s political relevance, tarred by the left as a symbol of "triangulation" at a moment when there’s little appetite for intra-party warfare on the center-right.

In talking about big tents and little tents, it appears that the Democrats have chosen to go with the smaller version.  It has been captured by the liberal side of the house (at the moment) and anyone who has watched that side of the house do business over the years (that includes politicians, pundits and bloggers) know there is little room for dissent in the ranks.   The DLC falls victim not to attacks from the right, but from attacks from the left.   The formula which arguably made Bill Clinton the most successful Democratic president since FDR has been chucked out the window for a new and much more radical approach to governance (and no I’m not suggesting Clinton and FDR were alike in their governance).

The DLC’s demise simply puts an exclamation point on the oft cited move to the left by Democrats.   What was once seen as “the working man’s party” has since become the party of radicals and unions.  All that’s left of the DLC is their think tank, the Progressive Policy Institute.  But one has to wonder what relevance it will have among the new Democratic party.

All this to point out that when Democrats, as they like to do, claim that the GOP has been captured by radicals, one only has to rebut that claim by holding up a mirror.  Obviously, given the move to the left, Bill Clinton would be much to conservative for today’s national Democrat.

The unfortunate thing is you’d think this would be wonderful news for the GOP.  But if you’re watching the lineup for 2012 unfold, in the presidential race, it is so 2008 it is sickening.   Certainly Obama faces something he’s never faced before – he actually has to run on his record – but I’m not sure, given the lineup today, that’s a particularly tough hill for him to climb.  And while I know there are quite a few “almost ready” types who might be mighty contenders in 2016, the field for 2012 – at least at this point – is not impressive in my opinion.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand – the demise of the DLC is definitely election fodder for the GOP to capitalize on.  They have a basis to claim the national Democratic party is too radical for the US.  They also have all sorts of examples – bailouts, takeovers, over regulation, the health care bill.

Let’s see if they can build and sell the message to their advantage.



8 Responses to An indication of the Democrats move to the left–DLC folds

  • We just watched two years of an effectively American Marxist party in power engaging in a delirious and vicious rampage against the U.S. economy. I don’t think we need an “indication” that we’ve seen the Left in action.

    The jerk in the White House is essentially a KGB laboratory experiment come to life after the scientists who created him were dead.

  • The final nail in the coffin for a Clinton primary challenge to Obama?  After wikileaks and what is going on the ME, Hillary Clinton was looking very weak as a challenger.

  • I liken this to the demise of a commie front organization.  Martin McPhillips is right: the mask has come off.  The dems don’t need to pretend that they are “centrist” any more.

    • Their major tactic, regarding everything they do, is that the world began the day before yesterday, and they conveniently remember, from the prehistoric world of three days ago back through 10,000 B.C. only the four or five heroic deeds they have performed, two or three of them made up, plus thousands of evil deeds by capitalists, the religious, and Americans in general. That works out this way: Every time someone criticizes Obama they hear echoes of racists and segregationists, forgetting to mention that they were the party of racists and segregationists. That last part is so old, so tedious, so lost in the damnable mists of history.

      Also, five years ago Sarah Palin allegedly took a cab in Juneau to see her dentist and paid for it out of petty cash from the Alaska’s governor’s office, that’s breaking news. But Barack Obama dedicated himself for twenty years to a spectacularly racist church, took his kids there: that’s “whaddayatalkinabout, what’s that got to do with anything? Have you, at long last, no decency, sir?”

      Their recourse to this sort of Doublethink cannot be exaggerated. Forget about Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. Orwell’s 1984 is their handbook, complete with them accusing their enemies of everything they do.

      And this is the ground reality and balance of political discourse in America. See the ridiculous civility debate just past. That’s ancient history now, too. Next week: the “Swift Boating” of Charles Schumer.

  • The DLC is the democratic party now.  Its usefulness has expired.