The New York Times reported yesterday:
About half the incoming Democratic freshmen are already planning on joining the New Democrat Coalition — a generally centrist group that emphasizes economic competitiveness and national security issues. They include Ed Perlmutter of Colorado, a former state senator who had a legislative reputation for working with Republicans; Michael A. Arcuri of upstate New York, a seasoned district attorney; and Tim Mahoney, the Florida businessman who won the seat that the Republican representative Mark Foley resigned because of the Congressional page scandal.
The Reporter gives more details:
Locally, 10th District Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Solano, and 7th District Rep. George Miller, D-Solano, both incumbents, won decisive victories in constituencies that include parts of other counties in addition to Solano.
Tauscher’s camp released a statement Wednesday noting that the ranks of the New Democrat Coalition (DLC), which the congresswoman chairs, are expected to grow from 47 to 62 members.
In her statement, Tauscher said that Americans sent an unmistakable message on election night.
“They want leaders who will fight for pragmatic policies that improve their lives, whether the issue is Iraq, health care or anything in between.”
Just a reminder: The Democratic party won 29 House seats to win control of the House. 15 of them, over half, have joined the DLC. 9 joined the conservative Blue Dog Coalition. How are the netroots reacting to this? Well, they’re in denial.
The DLC has never been a more dead commodity than it is today. – Booman Tribune
There’s a reason that the DLC has lost just about all influence in DC. It’s because they have no natural constituency other than their corporate masters. – DailyKOS
The Democratic Party, stuck in DC with the likes of the DLC whispering in its ear, had lost touch with the rest of the country. – Blueollie
It’s over for the DLC, and they refuse to face that fact as stubbornly as Bush refuses to face the fact that his war is lost… – Brilliant at Breakfast
…the DC DLC crowd showed that they’re not really in touch with voters. – twin city sidewalks
You get the picture, right? A dead commodity. It’s over for the DLC. Blah blah blah. Yet, back in the real world, the DLC wins over half the seats the Democrats picked up. Makes you wonder what meds the netroots are taking.