February 9, 2011

Bye bye, DLC...

Dems Show Centrists the Door - WSJ.com:

...The DLC's decline is one more illustration that the core of the Democratic Party apparently has decided that no course correction is needed after what President Obama called its "shellacking" in the midterm elections. The DLC helped elect and re-elect Bill Clinton, one of its first chairmen, in the 1990s by promoting support for balanced budgets, free trade, welfare reform and tough law enforcement. But the organization fell on hard times after it was seen as insufficiently confrontational with President George W. Bush. And its support of the 2003 Iraq war angered a growing militant strain among left-wing Democrats.

I vividly recall Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman visiting The Wall Street Journal in 2005 and lamenting the shrinking ranks of the party's moderates. "There are just so many on the other side," he said. "They just keep coming over that hill." Mr. Lieberman lost his 2006 Democratic primary to an anti-war challenger and had to win election that fall as an independent. Last month he announced his retirement from politics....

This fits the 70-Year Cycle Theory, which I've blogged before, exactly. Because that is exactly what happened to the Republicans in the 1930's. The Republican party seemed to continue to be vigorous, because parts of the party were filled with passionate intensity, and the Party's war-chests were filled.

But the energy at the center was moving to the Dems. Industrial workers especially were moving from the Republicans to the Dems. The Democrats also pulled off the double-whammy of gaining Northern blacks while holding Southern whites.

We hear tons of howls from the press and other Democrat outlets about how the Republicans are extremists of the fringe. That's BS.

My guess is that Dems will fail to pull off a Clintonian move to the center, and therefore will be crushed in 2012.

Posted by John Weidner at February 9, 2011 7:53 AM
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