(02-07-2011 04:39 PM)sandnsea Wrote: This is good. The DLC was too far right and didn't really represent too many Democrats anyway. They need to get small business and unions together to fight the influence of Wall Street and big corporations.
Sorry, Sandy, but you're off-base here.
This is a myth. The notion of the DLC as a right-wing entity was spawned by Howard Dean's supporters when Al From dared to speak ill of Dean in the 2004 cycle.
The truth of the matter is that the DLC had a good relationship with several labor organizations, particularly the Firefighters and the Sheet Metal Workers.
The DLC produced an array of smart, practical, and quite progressive policy proposals on issues such as education reform, national service (they basically invented AmeriCorps), tax policy, and budget reform. The group was a refreshing counterbalance to the screechy, brain-dead bloviating of interest group acolytes who put litmus tests ahead of the greater good.
The DLC was promoting Barack Obama as a future star long before any of us. They were singing his praises as far back as 2002. At DLC conferences, I met a good chunk of the Obama/Biden cabinet and senior staff: Clinton, Napolitano, Vilsack, Duncan, and others all were active participants in the DLC during our years in the GWB wilderness.
Now, there's no one to present an alternative to the braying of the litmus test lunatics on FDL and DU. We are a lesser party for that.