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DLC chief raps party's liberals
Washington Times ^ | February 20, 2006 | Donald Lambro

Posted on 02/20/2006 7:31:50 AM PST by West Coast Conservative

Liberal Democratic Party leaders are far more worried about government power than they are about fighting America's enemies, the founder of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council said.

In yet another stinging critique of the Democrats' liberal wing, DLC founder and chief executive Al From said his party could lose this year's midterm elections if it continues sending a message to voters that it is weak on national security issues in the war on terrorism.

"Despite all that has happened since November 2004, I fear the 2006 national election could turn on whether voters' unease with the Democrats on national security again trumps their apprehension with the direction Republicans are leading our country," Mr. From writes in the latest issue of Blueprint, the DLC's national magazine .

Democratic leaders, playing to their party's anti-war base, have been stepping up their attacks on the Bush administration's national security offensive against al Qaeda terrorists, opposing reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act; condemning the government's warrantless wiretapping program aimed at eavesdropping on conversations between suspected terrorists in this country and abroad; and calling for immediate U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq.

Some DLC members are uncomfortable with the message that this is sending to an electorate that still does not trust the Democrats to defend the country from the terrorist threat, according to the centrist organization's own polls.

A DLC survey conducted by Democratic pollster Mark Penn found that voters -- by a 48 percent to 38 percent margin -- trusted Republicans more than Democrats to fight terrorism, and trusted Republicans by a 45 percent to 40 percent margin to defend America's national security.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2004election; 2006; 2006election; alfrom; centrism; democrat; dlc; dnc; kerry; liberalism; moderate

1 posted on 02/20/2006 7:31:53 AM PST by West Coast Conservative
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To: West Coast Conservative

Only thing liberal Democrats know how to defend is the existence of their shifting arguments.


2 posted on 02/20/2006 7:36:15 AM PST by AZRepublican ("The degree in which a measure is necessary can never be a test of the legal right to adopt it.")
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To: West Coast Conservative

I read this earlier this morning....to me it sounds like the DLC has already conceeded the 2006 elections, and they are determined to move against pelosi and Reid HARD after Novemeber..


3 posted on 02/20/2006 7:36:40 AM PST by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to propagate her gene pool. Any volunteers?)
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To: West Coast Conservative

If there ever is another attack on US soil, the Democrat Party will be history.


4 posted on 02/20/2006 7:38:55 AM PST by bushbuddy
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To: West Coast Conservative
In yet another stinging critique of the Democrats' liberal wing, DLC founder and chief executive Al From said his party could lose this year's midterm elections if it continues sending a message to voters that it is weak on national security issues in the war on terrorism.

The message is true. Democrats are weak on national security and the war on terror.

5 posted on 02/20/2006 7:43:44 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: AZRepublican
A DLC survey conducted by Democratic pollster Mark Penn found that voters -- by a 48 percent to 38 percent margin -- trusted Republicans more than Democrats to fight terrorism, and trusted Republicans by a 45 percent to 40 percent margin to defend America's national security.

When a DLC survey shows these numbers, you can bet the real numbers are probably even worse.

6 posted on 02/20/2006 7:45:03 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: ken5050
I read this earlier this morning....to me it sounds like the DLC has already conceeded the 2006 elections, and they are determined to move against pelosi and Reid HARD after Novemeber..

Wish I could agree, but I can't. To me it sounds like a warning shot across the bow. This early in the cycle, if the Dem powers-that-be thought they were going to lose in November, they'd take action. Heck, look at how late they illegally! replaced Torricelli.

7 posted on 02/20/2006 8:08:48 AM PST by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: West Coast Conservative

What this really boils down to is whether they will win the next election. They have no enduring principles at all. That is a difficult concept to grasp. My parents taught all of us that we were to stand for something. It included politeness, respect for others, know right and wrong, and do what is right. Remain steadfast, and see things through. Don't change horses in the middle of the stream.

Those things no longer matter to Democrats, and to a lot of republicans, school administrations, the media above all, Hollywood, where so many wholesome and inspiring movies were made in the first three quarters of the last century, and to a lot of just plain people who have grown tired of resisting or never learned to in the first place.

Soap box back under the porch.


8 posted on 02/20/2006 8:18:13 AM PST by billhilly (The Democrat symbol is no longer the donkey, it's a strait Jacket.)
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