This The New York Times article has a telling headline: Centrist Democrats Warn Party Not to Present Itself as 'Far Left'. Notice it says "not to present itself as" instead of "not to be". Excerpts:
Al From, the founder of the [Democratic Leadership Council] organization and an ally of Mr. Clinton, invoked the sweeping defeats of George McGovern in 1972 and Walter F. Mondale in 1984 as he cautioned against a return to policies including less emphasis on foreign policy and an inclination toward expanding the size of government that he said were a recipe for another electoral disaster.
The article talks mostly about leftist pressure coming from presidential candidate Howard Dean but doesn't even mention the ultimate Democratic election crasher, Ralph Nader. Even Dean isn't immune to him. In the video of Dean announcing his candidacy, a Green Party supporter's sign bobs in the background until being blocked by Dean supporters.
Posted by Forkum at August 4, 2003 08:08 AM