That's kind of unfair. Wittmann was with the DLC before Vilsack was chair. And it's not like Wittman is impacting DLC policy. Hell, he probably disagrees with half of what the DLC advocates. He's just there as a political analyst. One of many voices.
Exactly right. I would think the netroots movement would applaud this statement, as it points out one of the weaknesses of the blogosphere.
Traditionally, Democrats have always fallen into a cycle of self-loathing and infighting. The blogosphere was supposed to create a progressive answer to right-wing memes and chatter. I always thought that progressive bloggers were primarily meant to train their crosshairs on conservative hypocrisy and abuse of power, as well as media bias. Instead, we sometimes put the cart before the horse and start reshaping the party in our image.
Blogs offer something unique for progressives: a grassroots answer to talk radio and right wing networks. We shouldn't let it become a circular firing squad.
it goes without saying that we can't make any judgments until november, but what we can say at this point is that emanuel has been astonishingly successful at raising money. the man is a pro fundraiser. of course, we knew that from his clinton days, which is why a lot of folks wanted him at the dccc.
whatever the result in november, i think we will ultimately look back and decided that rahm was much better at raising cash than putting together a coherent strategy to take back the house.
I was talking to a friend the other day about Obama, and mentioned that he should run for Governor in 2010, then President. We tried to think, how many Senators went back and became Governors in recent history? Usually, it's the other way around. I can only think of Corzine.
The DLC's a pretty heterogeneous group. They have folks like Kerry and Holt, as well as true conservatives and moderates. The only people that can really speak for the DLC are people like Vilsack, Will Marshall, and From.
Yeah, Wittman's actually not a Democrat, he's an independent. The DLC employs him to get an "independent" perspective. They've disagreed with him on a lot of issues. Wittman doesn't really speak for the DLC.
Didn't Dean have a falling out with some of the GLBT outreach folks at the DNC? Could it be this is just DC insider bickering? Also the claim that Dean doesn't stand up for the gay community is bunk. Go to the DNC's website, and on the homepage you'll find a statement from Dean on the Judiciary Committee's shameful closed session vote on the marriage amendment.