The DLC And The Netroots
Writing from Netroots Nation discussion between Markos and DLC Chair Harold Ford, Ezra Klein writes about the incongruity of Ford speaking at Netroots Nation:
[T]he DLC ceased being a threat and became simply a foil. In 2005, when DailyKos was preparing to destroy the DLC, they were punching up, or thought they were. Now it would be baffling if they took the DLC on: What would be the point? The netroots are bigger, richer, and more relevant, or at least feel as if they are.
That strikes me as hilarious. Who was "bigger, richer and more relevant" on FISA? Harold Ford said:
Ford pushed back against the notion that Obama had abandoned the netroots on the FISA fight. "Many of the candidates that people in this room drew national attention to voted yes for FISA including Jim Webb and Claire McCaskill," he said, "as did 20 of the 30 red-to-blue candidates that were highlighted by the netroots."
. . . Later Ford was quizzed on why he would support granting telecommunication companies immunity for their participation in the FISA program. His response - that it wasn't the companies who should be held to a fault but rather the public officials who ordered their participation - was challenged by several different questioners, who demanded "accountability" for privacy violations.
"I think that accountability was brought in 2006 when [the GOP] lost in the House and the Senate," Ford responded said. "And we have only eight more months of George W. Bush..."
Think about what Ford said - the "Netroots" candidates like Webb and McCaskill et al voted for FISA Capitulation. They voted like the DLC wanted. So who won? Who was "bigger, richer and more relevant on FISA?" The DLC or the Netroots? It is important to deal with reality and the reality is the DLC is closer to the Dem agenda and the Obama agenda, style and rhetoric than was the Netroots of a year ago. I do not see how anyone can claim the Netroots won its fight with the DLC. It didn't. It lost. And it seems that it lost willingly with a smile on its face.
By Big Tent Democrat, speaking for me only
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