During the peak of Bill Clinton’s administration, the Democratic Leadership Council, with politicians like Joe Lieberman, John Breaux and Evan Bayh on board, played a significant policy role within the Democratic Party. This article, unfortunately, tells of the end of that once-influential wing of the Democratic Party:

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. The group tried, but has failed, to remake itself in the summer of 2009, when its founder, Al From, stepped down as president. Its new leader, former Clinton aide Bruce Reed, sought to remake the group as a think tank, and the DLC split from its associated think tank, the Progressive Policy Institute.

This just makes official what’s been known since August, 2006:

But regardless of all that, the hard reality is that the voters have spoken, and their message was loud and clear: there’s no longer room for Joe Lieberman in the Democratic Party. And alas, tonight’s result will reverberate through the November elections and into the 2008 presidential campaign. It’s really much more than just a single primary in a single state; it’s a shot across the bow of moderate Democrats everywhere. And so, whatever further ramifications this result might have, there’s one thing it definitely means, one result that is officially cast in stone, as of today:
I am no longer a Democrat.

That’s the night Brendan Loy’s announcement told the world that Pelosi’s progressives had taken over the Democratic Party. It’s when people like Markos Moulitsas and Arianna Huffington thought that they’d taken over the Democratic Party and that there’d be nothing but smooth sailing ahead.

Those days are long gone, with November’s elections reproving the fact that we’re still a center-right nation.

During the health care takeover debate, a number of votes proved that there’s no such thing as a centrist Democrat anymore. When supposed centrists like Bart Stupak and Ben Nelson voted the same way that extremists like Bernie Sanders and Dennis Kucinich voted, that’s proof positive that centrism is dead within the Democratic Party.

The DLC is already showing signs of disrepair. Its website currently leads a Harold Ford op-ed from last November, titled, “Yes we can collaborate.” It lists as its staff just four people, and has only one fellow.

The biggest reason why money isn’t coming into the DLC’s coffers is because donors want a seat at the Democratic table. That table is now located significantly farther to the left than it was during the Clinton administration.

That’s a negative for the Democratic Party. Their tent is rapidly shrinking. They aren’t appealing to independents. Tax increases and out-of-control spending aren’t in style. That’s what the Democratic now stands for.

UPDATE: Make sure and read the Lady Logician’s take on this, too.

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