Tuesday :: Mar 8, 2005

Even the New Republic Has Had it With "New Democrat" Cravenness


by rayman

It's been interesting these past few days reading the bashing of "New Democrats" like Joe Klein from some unexpected quarters. But when the New Republic, of all places, is bashing "centrist" House Democrats for cravenly supporting the Loan Shark Protection Act, you know that these New Dems have some serious credibility problems. Here's the key graf from Noam Scheiber:

But, even worse than that, support for the bill by Democratic moderates betrays a striking obliviousness to the most important debate underway within the Democratic Party. Moderate Democrats have been under assault from grassroots liberals lately for selling out Democratic values in their rush to appease conservative interests. I normally think this criticism is highly misplaced, and that moderates have exactly the right instincts when it comes to social issues and foreign policy, even most economic issues. But in this case the moderates proved the liberals' point for them, which could set back the cause of moderates within the party for months, if not years. (emphasis mine)

I guess the "reactionary left" is looking better and better, right Noam?

Anyway, here's the list of "House New Democrat Coalition" members who expressed their enthusiastic support for the Loan Shark Protection Act in their letter to Dennis effin' Hastert:

Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher
Rep. Adam Smith
Rep. Ron Kind
Rep. Artur Davis
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy
Rep. John Larson
Rep. Stephanie Herseth
Rep. Dennis Moore
Rep. Mike McIntyre
Rep. Joe Crowley
Rep. Jay Israel
Rep. David Wu
Rep. Diane Hooley
Rep. Melissa Bean
Rep. Jim Davis
Rep. Harold E. Ford, Jr.
Rep. Ed Case
Rep. Jay Inslee
Rep. Shelley Berkeley
Rep. Gregory W. Meeks

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