Bye, Bye, DLC: Democratic Leadership Council to Fold, But Centrists Still Rule
I'm quite sure that this will be misinterpreted as yet another sign that the Democratic party has become a radical Marxist party intent upon destroying everything that is good and right about America. (Just this morning I heard Chris Cilizza opining that the party is very hostile to moderates, what with Jane Harman quitting and all):
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, tried -- but has failed -- to remake itself in the summer of 2009, when its founder, Al From, stepped down as president. Its new leader, former Clinton aide Bruce Reed, sought to remake the group as a think tank, and the DLC split from its associated think tank, the Progressive Policy Institute.
But Reed left the DLC last year himself to serve as Vice President Joe Biden's chief of staff, leaving Ed Gresser, a trade expert, to lead the group in the interim. Since then the board "hasn't been able to find someone who wanted to come on in a permanent capacity," a person familiar with the group's woes said, with the central problem the difficulty of raising money for a Democratic group that isn't seen as an ally of the White House.
Yes, the Kenyan Communist is such an enemy of centrism.
The truth of the matter is that the DLC's function has been taken over byThird Way
. Nobody needs to fear that the centrists aren't going to be well represented in the Democratic Party. They run the place.