I love Jon Keller because he always knows how to press my buttons, God bless ‘im … First, I’m sure YearlyKos attendees David and Bob would be amused to hear themselves called “The ideologues who flock to the most polarizing, ultra-partisan corners of political life”. YEAAAAAAARGH! Wow, there’s a low price of entry to that particular club. Here I was, thinking they were just garden-variety liberals.
In any event, I’d like to know exactly what problem Jon has with this Daily Kos post, about the DLC’s attempts to nose into the Democratic tent. Is there anything factually wrong about that post? What’s missing? What’s your beef?
The DLC doesn’t want a victorious Democratic Party unless such victories happen using their formula. We’ve been there, done that, and it simply didn’t work. Even working out of their own playbook, we couldn’t get that magical majority of the popular vote. We lost control of the House and the Senate. Things truly seemed hopeless. We as a movement sprung from those failures.
So we arrived on the scene. We didn’t flinch from our position on the war. We held the line on social security, even as the Very Serious People told us it was irresponsible. We championed Dean when we were told it would kill the party. We championed Lamont when we were told it would cost us the Senate. We celebrated Nancy Pelosi when we were told we would be demonized as “San Francisco liberals”.
And we won in 2006. And we didn’t eeke out a victory, but won a wave election. And yes, we won the popular vote in 2006. (54-42 in the Senate, 54-46 in the House, and 56-44 in governor races.)
Pretty straightforward to me. What am I missing? (A TV show.)
It’s just a simple fact that bears repeating: While nostalgia-mongering pundits like Jon love to talk about Clinton as the great DLC triumph, somehow they seem to forget the ugly trend of congressional defeats from 1994 to 2004. OK, we got Clinton … and Newt Gingrich. And Tom Delay. And Trent Lott. And Bill Frist. Was that a good trade? What was the DLC’s response to that? Did they lead us to smashing victories cycle after cycle?
No? Well, maybe we can talk about other strategies, already.