The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Tuesday, December 13, 2005

More DLC nonsense

I've had a bone to pick with the DLC for several years, and as time goes on it gets worse. The White House and right-wing pundits are actually crowing about a poll in which the president's approval rating emerged (briefly) over the 40% line. It's apparently back down to 38%, and he continues to lose support even among fundamentalists-- apparently the bogus war on Christmas tactic isn't keeping them frightened enough.

So the GOP is continually losing ground and showing America that they're the party of corruption, with new indictments emerging almost weekly. Americans are against the war, against Republican social policies, and against the philosophy of tax cuts uber alles.

But the Democratic Leadership Council continues to cling tenaciously to the only idea they have: Democrats need to take a big step to the right and climb on board the GOP policy bandwagon.

Less than two weeks ago, the Democratic Leadership Council said that people like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Vietnam War Hero Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA) were "offering surrender" by supporting an exit strategy from Iraq. This followed on the DLC's long record of slamming anyone who it disagrees with (for more, just see the DLC's treatment of Howard Dean in the 2004 presidential primary). Now, the DLC is desperately attacking those likeSen. Harry Reid (D-NY) who have been critical of Sen. Joe Lieberman's (D-CT) support for the Iraq War, and in the process, actually claimingthe DLC has always been for "inclusion" in the Democratic Party and against "polarized politics."

This is how pathetic and corrupt it has gotten in Washington. The nation's capital has become a place where corporate-funded institutions like the DLC can one day viciously stab courageous progressives, and then the next day turn around and claim they are actually for "inclusion" - all without batting an eye, or thinking twice about how dishonest and hypocritical such behavior really is. What an insult to the public's intelligence.

Apparently to the DLC, "inclusion" is defined as being in lockstep with their far-out-of-the-mainstream views, and the only thing important to them is preserving their status on the D.C. cocktail party circuit by issuing press releases touting their "friendship" with those who undermine the Democratic Party.

This nicely illustrates the DLC's ersatz "Big Idea." The GOP has managed to keep all their Congressmen in line by talking inclusion and savaging any party members who don't follow the policy dictated to them by the Karl Roves and Tom DeLays of the party. Screw you, DLC. Your day is over.