The Democratic Leadership Council was at one time thought to be the way forward for the Democratic Party — an alternative to the ultra-Left domestic policies and the McGovernite wing of the party on foreign policy. But if you had any doubt about what has happened to them, this report from DailyKos can set you straight. Use of an expletive about Senator Joe Lieberman now engenders cheers from a DLC gathering. Yes, I agree with Kos on this one that this “means something.” What it means is that there is virtually no voice in the Democratic establishment for a responsible, robust foreign policy.
Lieberman laid it out very clearly in his Commentary Fund address. (Which may explain why the DLC is so mad at him.) We have lost, at least for now, any hope of a bipartisan consensus on America’s indispensable role in the world. It is ironic that Lieberman said in his speech:
I continue to be a Democrat because I believe there is a critical need for two great American political parties with strong national security wings. We need a Democratic Party whose national security strategy isn’t subject to editorial review by Moveon.org and Daily Kos.
One can admire Lieberman’s optimism while noting how thin a reed it rests upon. What we know for sure is that one significant source of adult supervision and responsible rhetoric for the Democratic Party is now reduced to cheering an obsenity about a U.S. Senator. Perhaps it’s time to reassess the Democratic Party’s prospects for improvement.