Bill Clinton’s Democratic Leadership Council is dead: They can’t find any centrist Democrats

by editor on February 14, 2011

All the Southern Democrats are becoming Republicans. Joe Lieberman became in independent. And anyone else who still calls himself a Democrat has become a socialist. That pretty much leaves the centrist DLC with no potential members.


Lindsey Graham and John McCain celebrate their election to the Democrat Leadership Council has the specifics:

The Democratic Leadership Council, the iconic centrist organization of the Clinton years, is out of money and could close its doors as soon as next week, a person familiar with the plans said Monday.

The DLC, a network of Democratic elected officials and policy intellectuals had long been fading from its mid-’90s political relevance, tarred by the left as a symbol of “triangulation” at a moment when there’s little appetite for intra-party warfare on the center-right. The group tried — but has failed — to remake itself in the summer of 2009, when its founder, Al From, stepped down as president. Its new leader, former Clinton aide Bruce Reed, sought to remake the group as a think tank, and the DLC split from its associated think tank, the Progressive Policy Institute…

The DLC is already showing signs of disrepair. Its website currently leads a Harold Ford op-ed from last November, titled, “Yes we can collaborate.” It lists as its staff just four people, and has only one fellow. Recent tax returns weren’t immediately publicly available, but returns from 2004-2008 show a decline in its budget from $2.6 million to $1.5 million, and a source said funding further dried up during the financial crisis that began nine months before Reed took over.

Don’t close your doors yet, DLC. There’s still hope. If you want four eager new members, go talk to John McCain, Susan Collins, Olympia Snow and Lindsey Graham. We’re pretty sure they’d love to join your organization.


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JustAl February 14, 2011 at 4:18 am

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But. . . there are two “centrist” democrats in this photo (if you mean center of the democratic left).

JustAl February 14, 2011 at 5:59 am

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Opps! Just read the caption. I guess great minds do think alike (now if we could just find some).

navyvet February 14, 2011 at 3:06 pm

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I dunno. Those four are pretty far left to be considered “centrists”.

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