DLC all-star Bill Clinton knocks DLC tactics


5 comments posted
slight problem ...

Here's the thing, though. Remember the old saw about how Democrats form a firing squad in a circle? I think that in addition to the style questions ("in your face" versus "tiptoe through the tulips"), you have a fairly serious range of substantive opinion on issues, whether you're talking about abortion, free trade, or tax policy.

So if one Democratic politico speaks not merely loudly about an issue, but also stakes out an extreme position, then a lot of others are going to wince and start distancing themselves.

Still, you've got a point here. If more extreme liberals truly have the megaphone in the Democratic Party, it's because moderate liberals have chosen to be far too quiet.


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Posted by pennywit on 30 October 2005 - 8:06pm
The assumption you make

...is that to take a position on something is to be "extreme." That's the unexamined attitude in American politics that have left us at the mercy not of the extremists, who are scary enough, but the corporatists, who will go along with anything as long as someone's signing the check.

media girl's picture
Posted by media girl on 30 October 2005 - 9:16pm
Not quite ...

My assumption is not that any position on something is extreme, but rather that some individuals hold extreme positions on issues.


pennywit's picture
Posted by pennywit on 30 October 2005 - 11:52pm
The other assumption you make

...is that Democratic positions have to be mutually exclusive, such that it constitutes a circular firing squad. That analogy is loaded with assumptions.

Sadly, what we have is more like a circular board room, where everyone sits while looking at the ledgers for their own campaign coffers.

media girl's picture
Posted by media girl on 31 October 2005 - 9:08am
The most effective values argument...

is the one Clinton makes in his speech about the budget decisions, and what they say about the people making them (i.e. tax cuts for the rich during a time of war versus cutting back food stamp programs to pay for Katrina-related damage).

How Dems don't jump all over that - like most everything else they do & don't do - is a mystery.

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Posted by Blue Democrat (not verified) on 30 October 2005 - 9:56pm