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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Dems 2008: Hillary and the DLC

Posted by Bob Brigham

Swing State Project founder DavidNYC saves his best stuff for Daily Kos:

To me, it doesn't really matter what Clinton's role in the DLC is. What matters is the message that this move sends. No matter how many times Ed Kilgore tries to tell us that our disgust with the DLC is misplaced, most of us won't soon forget the frequency and vigor with which Al From baselessly bashed Howard Dean, his supporters, and by extension, much of the progressive activist base.

I'm keeping an open mind about 2008 - I definitely do not have a favorite candidate, or even a group of favorites. I recognize that different candidates will try to position themselves differently, and I am not demanding fealty to the netroots. (I know as well as anyone that the blogosphere is not the be all, end all of politics.) But if and when Hillary Clinton tries to reach out to us, it's going to be hard for me to forget that she's aligned herself with Al From and the DLC.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, a candidate for President doesn't want to play porter with Al From's baggage. Paybacks are a bitch and I for one have very little tolerance for the DLC triangulation technique of attacking fellow Democrats to try to appear moderate.

As Stirling says:

I Believe that the Democratic Party will not win elections until Democrats go after Republicans with the same joy they go after fellow Democrats.

That is the problem with the DLC -- they are only relevant to the extent they triangulate against other Democrats. When the Democratic Party needs them (i.e. nuclear option), they are nowhere to be found.

The DLC is in debt for the hatchet job against (now DNC Chairman) Howard Dean and in 2007 the bill will come due. Under the turnabout is fair play rule this is certainly valid and the score will not only be settled, but settled with interest. Bayh, Vilsack, Clinton...it doesn't really matter who, for the result is the same when one lies down with dogs.

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