That should be the title of this piece, which is actually titled “Centrist Dems ready strike against Warren wing”:
Centrist Democrats are gathering their forces to fight back against the “Elizabeth Warren wing” of their party, fearing a sharp turn to the left could prove disastrous in the 2016 elections.
For months, moderate Democrats have kept silent, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) barbed attacks against Wall Street, income inequality and the “rigged economy” thrilled the base and stirred desire for a more populist approach.
But with the race for the White House set to begin, centrists are moving to seize back the agenda.
The New Democrat Coalition (NDC), a caucus of moderate Democrats in the House, plans to unveil an economic policy platform as soon as this week in an attempt to chart a different course.
“I have great respect for Sen. Warren — she’s a tremendous leader,” said Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.), one of the members working on the policy proposal. “My own preference is to create a message without bashing businesses or workers, [the latter of which] happens on the other side.”
Peters said that, if Democrats are going to win back the House and Senate, “it’s going to be through the work of the New Democrat Coalition.”
Mind you, the is the same breed of clown that we once referred to as blue dogs. I say once referred to, because since they stood for nothing and when they did it was to fight against popular Democratic proposals, they were wiped out in the last few elections.
Privately, moderate Democrats in the Clinton tradition say they have been working behind the scenes to change the party’s message.
Leaders at three centrist groups — the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), the New Democrat Network (NDN) and Third Way — arranged a series of meetings with moderates after the disastrous midterm elections to “discuss the future of the party,” according to a source close to the NDC.
“Democrats ought to avoid the danger of talking about only redistribution and not enough about economic growth,” said PPI President and founder Will Marshall, who addressed House Democrats during their Philadelphia retreat in January. “Economic growth is a precondition to reducing inequality. You can’t redistribute wealth that you’re not generating.
“There’s a lot of sympathy for that view in the pragmatic-wing of the party,” he added.
Privately, because they know that their exposure to corporate cash will be discussed once they are exposed as shills. And in case you couldn’t figure it out, “pragmatic” means “maintaining the status quo.”
Basically, these guys have not learned anything. One of the reason poor whites have flocked to the right wing is because at least they promise to do something for them (while instead screwing them). Our corporate whores can’t even figure out how to lie, and once again, will fail to learn the lesson that when voters are given a choice between a fake Republican and a real Republican, they choose the real one every time.
I eagerly await Joe Manchin weighing in on this in the Senate.