Wanker Of The Day

July 25th, 2007at 06:34pm Posted by Eli

AP’s Ron Fournier:

Bill Clinton will be there. So will 300 officeholders from more than 45 states. But one thing will be missing when Democrats gather in Tennessee this weekend to discuss how to appeal to moderate, independent-minded voters in 2008: the Democratic presidential field.

Not a single one of the eight presidential candidates plans to attend the Democratic Leadership Council’s summer meeting, a snub that says less about the centrist DLC than it does about a nomination process that rewards candidates who pander to their parties’ hardened cores while ignoring everybody else.

”They have tunnel vision,” DLC founder Al From said of his fellow Democrats.

From said he has nothing against Clinton’s wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, or the other seven Democratic presidential candidates. He even understands why they won’t attend the DLC meeting.

But that doesn’t make him worry any less about the future of his party.

”Presidents are elected in the middle and they are elected by being bigger than their party. Neither parties’ activists alone can elect somebody president,” From said in a telephone interview from his Washington office. ”Democrats have a long history of nominating people, including people who have lost badly. The challenge for Democrats is to nominate somebody who can win the election.”

(Not entirely sure what “Democrats have a long history of nominating people” is supposed to mean…)

These governors hail from different parts of the Democratic ideology spectrum, but they have one thing in common: They are in office because they appealed to voters who hold no firm allegiance to either party.

During the 2004 presidential campaign, political operatives convinced themselves that there were a dwindling few of these so-called swing voters, and that the only way to win elections was playing to ”the base” — the most dedicated Republicans and Democrats. They were wrong. The political middle is as significant as ever, with voters in a mood to swing due to their frustration with both major parties.

I suppose this is sort of true. They’re frustrated with Republicans for leading us into a disastrous, pointless war and generally doing everything they can to loot and destroy the United States, and they’re frustrated with the Democrats for not stopping them. So I guess that makes them “centrists.”

That raises a challenge for Republican and Democratic presidential candidates: How do they win their parties’ nomination without appearing hostage to the kind of base politics that turns off swing voters?

Oh yeah, those swing voters hate all that leftist crazy talk about rule of law and getting out of Iraq.

The DLC would like to help the Democratic candidates, but none are listening. While no Democratic presidential hopeful wants to be associated with the centrist group, most of the candidates will be in Chicago on Aug. 4 to attend a convention of liberal bloggers.

”They are looking only at the liberal activists in Iowa,” From said of the candidates.

Boo hoo. Poor lonely DLC, no-one loves them but the corporations and the media. Methinks they do protest too much.

”There’s more to it than trying to take advantage of the fact that Bush is down,” From said. ”The challenge is not just to talk to interest groups but to get beyond them and have a message that connects with the general electorate.”


”Candidates have their own interests. I don’t blame them in a sense” for blowing off the DLC meeting, From said. ”They have to get the nomination, and we’re not one of the interest groups parading out there in Iowa and New Hampshire.”

Sure sounds like “interest groups” is code for “dirty fucking hippies,” doesn’t it.

Funny thing: It looks like all of the quotes in this so-called story are from From, which leads me to believe that he just dictated the whole thing to Fournier. Which leads me to a bit of an ethical dilemma: Is it unfair to give a Wanker Of The Day award to a sock puppet?

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