I put Middle Earth Journal in hiatus in May of 2008 and moved to Newshoggers.
I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

A lot of Bull at the DLC

A few short months ago I had some respect for Marshall Whitmann (Bull Moose) and used to quote him regularly. Jonathan Chait over at Talking Points Memo does a good job of taking him to task for defending the indefensible, AKA Joe Lieberman, so I won't cover that. This mornings post today he lauds New York's Red State Senators for selling out the principals if the Democratic party to win.
New York's Democratic Senators have figured out the Democratic future. The donkey must reconnect with those voters who share the Democrats economic values but part ways on social values. Without compromising their principles, Senators Schumer and Clinton are making critical efforts to reach those "progressive traditionalists" that have strayed from the party in recent years.

In his role as Chairman of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, Schumer is making an inclusive attempt to recruit candidates in Pennsylvania and perhaps Rhode Island who will appeal to disaffected Democratic pro-life and socially conservative voters. By clearing the field for Bob Casey Jr., Schumer has adroitly both found a strong candidate against Santorum and sent a powerful message to progressive traditionalists that they are welcome in the party.

Moreover, Schumer is withstanding the ire of the left's objection to his outreach. As the Moose has pointed out, it is delightful when a Democrat is also willing to stand up to Hollywood elites,
I'm sorry Marshall but selling out the principals near and dear to the Democratic party is going to lose more of the base than it's going to gain from those "progressive traditionalists". Maybe it's time for you and the DLC to think about forming your own party. Maybe you could call it Neocon-Lite or Theocon-Lite.

Jazz has a post below that crossed with this post in Cyber Space. Let me make it clear that I don't think that being "pro-life" should eliminate the Democratic Party from supporting Robert Casey jr in PA or any other pro-life candidate. The sins of the DLC go much further than that. Let's take a look at history since 1992. The Republicans have won by not compromising. The Democrats under the constantly compromising DLC have continued to lose ground. Pro-Life or Pro-Choice is a personal decision and should not be the only litmus test. That test should be will they use their power as a lawmaker to force their views on others. In all honesty it is one that I am not always comfortable with.

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