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Turning to port (Update)
Posted by: McQ on Sunday, July 29, 2007

If this little blurb doesn't perfectly illustrate where the Democrats are headed this election season, I'm not sure what does:
The Democratic Leadership Council, criticized from its creation in 1985 by the liberal wing of the party as too cozy with Wall Street, is being snubbed this weekend by all eight Democratic presidential candidates.

The DLC is holding its annual "National Conversation" in Nashville, and the closest thing to a presidential candidate in attendance is Bill Clinton, spouse of Democratic front-runner Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York. The former president will give the keynote address Monday.

All the Democratic hopefuls will be in Chicago next weekend, however, for a candidates' forum at the YearlyKos, an annual gathering of the thousands of bloggers and netroots activists who have become a force to be reckoned with in the party.
UPDATE: Dave Schuler talks about it here.

Marc Dunkelman of the DLC doesn't appear to be too worried about it, nor does he buy into my premise that this means the Dems are moving more to the left. He claims its just business as usual:
In 1999, eight years ago, Al Gore did not attend the DLC’s national conversation. A year later, he addressed the DLC’s 2000 National Conversation as the Democratic Party’s nominee.

In 2003, four years ago, none of the candidates attended the DLC’s National Conversation. Sure enough, the next year, the Democrat’s standard bearer, John Kerry, made an appearance.

Notice a pattern? If history is any guide, the DLC will see the Party’s nominee at next year’s National Conversation.
He may be right. We'll just have to reserve final judgment until next year's "National Conversation" won't we?

Typical Netroots thoughts on the DLC can be found here.
 
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I put my reactions to this line of thought here. See also the DLC’s response to the NYT op-ed that prompted it.
 
Written By: Dave Schuler
URL: http://www.theglitteringeye.com
In 1999, eight years ago, Al Gore did not attend the DLC’s national conversation. A year later, he addressed the DLC’s 2000 National Conversation as the Democratic Party’s nominee.

In 2003, four years ago, none of the candidates attended the DLC’s National Conversation. Sure enough, the next year, the Democrat’s standard bearer, John Kerry, made an appearance.

Notice a pattern? If history is any guide, the DLC will see the Party’s nominee at next year’s National Conversation.
LOL, meaning that the DLC is treated like sh*t until the candidate needs their votes in the general election.

 
Written By: shark
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In 1999, eight years ago, Al Gore did not attend the DLC’s national conversation....In 2003, four years ago, none of the candidates attended the DLC’s National Conversation.
Avoid the DLC, lose the election?
 
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