June 9, 2005

EVERYTHING NEW DEMOCRAT IS OLD AGAIN:

New Dems search for new ideas (Josephine Hearn, 6/09/05, The Hill)

The New Democrat Coalition huddled for three hours Tuesday to plot strategy, determine which issues it will champion and try to generate new ideas for the Democratic Party.

The gathering, which was billed as a retreat for the group of 42 centrist House Democrats, was part of an ongoing effort launched earlier this year to increase New Democrats’ clout in Congress and help them become a source of ideas for the party as a whole.

Until this year, the New Democrats’ influence had been waning and they had struggled to find their voice and relevancy after the like-minded Clinton administration ended.

This year, however, they have embarked on a broad effort to reinvent and reinvigorate themselves. They established membership criteria — requiring contributions to their political action committee and attendance at group meetings — and have held weekly meetings and been more active in advocating for and against policy positions.

Leaders of the group recently came out against the Central America Free Trade Agreement, a bold step for the traditionally pro-trade group that won them kudos from labor unions and fellow Democrats but garnered complaints from the technology industry.


What next, a demand that the Administration restart SALT talks?

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 9, 2005 12:22 PM
Comments

" Leaders of the group recently came out against the Central America Free Trade Agreement, a bold step for the traditionally pro-trade group that won them kudos from labor unions and fellow Democrats but garnered complaints from the technology industry."

Sucking up to the unions. That will help them.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at June 9, 2005 2:34 PM

I suspect they have an advanced case of "why bother" disease. Their options are becoming Republicans, joining the crazies, or staying low and surviving in a niche.

Posted by: Luciferous at June 9, 2005 6:28 PM

Who are the "leaders" of this group? Somehow, I don't think Ellen Tauscher and two Dems from WA are exactly centrists.

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 9, 2005 10:27 PM

You guys all missed it: "...traditionally pro-trade group..."
Umm, Democrats? Does anyone remember the NAFTA debate?

Posted by: Tom at June 10, 2005 9:11 AM
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