Feb 08 2011
In the ho-hum doldrums of Obama’s Lame Duck session of congress it is clear the Democrat Party has succumbed to its hyper-partisan liberal fringe. It is not just the liberal spending and government takeover binge of the last congress, nor the realization the White House has not intentions of moderating, just hyper-spinning. The fact is the democrat party’s grass roots are rotting out, killing off any semblance of ‘centrist’ under the weight of liberal weeds:
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.
As we have seen the far left is in full denial and on ‘transmit’ only. They have no time for reason or diversity of views.
Well, it does make it easier to pick a side in the future elections. Sad to see the party of my parents and grand parents die out this way, but there is no use pretending anymore. The Democrat Party of LBJ and JFK is dead and gone and now consumed by Marxist, socialist ideologues.
Update: Ed Morrissey notes how moderate Democrat defections to the GOP are a continuation of a major realignment. This is realignment is actually two shifts happening together. As the Dems have moved to the far left, the rest of the country has joined in common cause to resist and roll back their crazy ideas. Polarization is the true force behind this shift. The more shrill the left become, the more people who drift away into the opposition to shut them down.
It is a classic example of how purity to ideology destroys broad democratic support. Democracy at its level-headed finest.