Ford and the DLC
Former Congressman Harold Ford became chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council last week. It didn't get much attention, other than from the Stonewall Democrats, who want to know if the DLC still opposes a federal constitutional amendment banning gay marriage (short answer: yes) even though Ford voted for it (short explanation: the DLC is not a monolith). It's probably a good sign that nobody much was surprised when an African-American takes over an organization once stereotyped as the homeland of Southern White Good Ol' Boys. One well-known progressive blogger, Digby of Hullabaloo, checked out Ford's appearance on CNN and proclaimed herself pleasantly surprised.There were a couple of notably weird drive-bys about the DLC that didn't have much to do with Harold Ford. Markos of DailyKos strings together a bunch of quotes about the fighting spirit of freshman Dems and decides that means they are "refusing to follow" the "out-Republican-the-Republicans" "playbook" of the DLC. All of this is simply delusional, but maybe it reflects Markos' apparent decision to upgrade his diagnosis of the DLC's condition from "dead" to "dying." And then at MyDD, Matt Stoller did a long, long post on various aspects of Hillary Clinton's campaign, none of which have much of anything to do with the DLC (though Matt does seem to be laboring under the extremely mistaken impression that the DLC designed the 1993 Clinton Health Plan), and then titles the whole rambling thing "Hillary Clinton's DLC Problem."I'm no longer an officer, a spokesman, or even a full-time employee, at the DLC, but this crap still drives me crazy. There are plenty of legitimate reasons for people to disagree with or dislike the organization or what it allegedly stands for, without just making stuff up or implicitly buying into the loony idea that the DLC is some sort of Bavarian Illuminati that secretly controls the world through its vast [sic!] piles of money and its occult influence in the punditocracy.