Uh Oh: Obama Calls Himself a New Democrat
Just in case there was any doubt about which wing of the Democratic Party President Obama sides with, he put that to rest yesterday. While he has long resisted ideological labels, President Obama declared himself to be a New Democrat:
President Barack Obama firmly resists ideological labels, but at the end of a private meeting with a group of moderate Democrats on Tuesday afternoon, he offered a statement of solidarity.
"I am a New Democrat," he told the New Democrat Coalition, according to two sources at the White House session.
The group is comprised of centrist Democratic members of the House, who support free trade and a muscular foreign policy but are more moderate than the conservative Blue Dog Coalition.
It is worth noting that the Democratic Leadership Council and the New Democrat Coalition (their own phrasing is "Democrat," rather than "Democratic") are openly affiliated with each other. From the DLC's website: