DLC Chair Harold Ford: We Will Have Pony Plan Forums in 2008
by Matt Stoller, Thu Mar 29, 2007 at 05:39:02 AM EDT
From the Washington Times:
Former Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr., the new chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), yesterday said he does not agree with efforts by Congress to set a deadline for U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq.
"I think most Americans want to win, they don't want to see us leave early, and if we leave prematurely, we may create a broader set of conflicts and invite a bigger problem in that region than before leaving," Mr. Ford said.
He said there is pressure to set an Iraq-withdrawal timetable because there has not been sufficient change in diplomatic and military policy.
"But I believe there is a different way," Mr. Ford said. "I have called for forbearance, opening a dialogue with Syria and Iran, thinking seriously about energy independence and understanding that we may end up with a partition-type government in Iraq."
Ah, so Ford doesn't agree with the withdrawal legislation and wants his own pony plan. This is the position shared among Democrats only by Mark Pryor and a few Blue Dog Democrats, though Pryor just wants to keep the withdrawal date secret instead of announcing it publicly. It's also shared by a fair number of Republicans as well.
Ford's DLC is to the right of every single Democratic Senator, and almost every Democratic House member. That's fine. But it doesn't make him a representative of any wing of the Democratic Party, except perhaps the Fox News wing. It seems as if the DLC's role in the primary will consist of a high profile series of pony plan forums.