And that’s when we get to the real problem with the DLC — its policies are BOTH morally bankrupt, and politically disastrous. The rise of the DLC within the Democratic Party has coincided almost perfectly with the decline of the Democratic Party’s power in American politics — a decline that took Democrats from seemingly permanent majority status to permanent minority status. In this last election, just think of Democrats’ troubles in Ohio as a perfect example of this. Here was a state ravaged by massive job loss due to corporate-written “free” trade deals — yet Democrats were unable to capitalize on that issue and thus couldn’t win the state because the DLC had long ago made sure the party helped pass the very trade policies (NAFTA, China PNTR) that sold out those jobs.
These are the 9 Democrats who are the difference between House Democrats being in the majority and the minority – they are the people who undermine the vast majority of honest/courageous Democrats who fight for ordinary people in Congress everyday. They are the ones who make it consistenly impossible for Democrats to deliver a message that they are the party that stands up for ordinary working people in this country. The fact is, if Democrats are going to be in the minority for the forseeable future, it would be better if these folks were defeated, because they do more harm than good to a party that desperately needs unity to let America knows what it stands for.
(And to those of us who’ve been letting ourselves begin to trust Harry Reid’s leadership — note that he piled on with a dozen other corporate Dems, setting aside the defense bill in order to tackle the far more important work of shielding the nation’s gun manufacturers from lawsuits.)