DLC Co-founder Al From doesn't want to own up to just whose agenda he and his ilk at Third Way are representing.
December 26, 2013

As we've been discussing here already, these Third Way corporate Democrats (or whatever they're calling themselves lately) really, really do not like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, or her counterpart, the newly elected Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio. And they've been making the rounds in the media, the op-ed pages, trying to pass themselves off as the saviors of the Democratic party from those awful progressives, who are mucking up the works for them with talk of things like expanding Social Security -- instead of making the cuts to the program they'd like to see.

The former co-founder of Bill Clinton's DLC, Al From was on with Chuck Todd last week trying to sell copies of his new book -- and this Thursday he was back at it with an appearance on C-SPAN's morning call-in show, Washington Journal.

Todd lobbed softballs at him for the entire interview on MSNBC, but From actually was treated to some real pushback about what his and his cohorts at Third Way's agenda is and who they represent, when host Peter Slen read some Tweets to him that called him out for being part of the Wall Street, corporate, Republican-lite arm of the Democratic party. To no one's surprise, the man just punted and denied what they said was true.

Sorry Al. You can run, but you can't hide. Here's more from Kos on From's good buddies over at Third Way: Corporate 'Dems': cutting Social Security is path to electoral victory:

Remember Third Way? They're the jokers who filled the void when the DLC collapsed. But unlike the DLC, Third Way operates in the shadows, lobbying Democrats behind the scenes and via travel junkets. So it's always a pleasure when they emerge from the shadows, like this piece in the Wall Street Journal (what, National Review wasn't available?): [...]

Translation: Wall Street is scared shitless of De Blasio and Warren. But we knew that already. Head below the fold to see just how scared they are, and what they really want. Hint: it's something to do with Social Security and Medicare and their taxes, and none of it is good. [...]

Third Way still thinks it's 1994, that the electorate is dominated by "Reagan Democrats", and that people don't f'n hate Wall Street, its banks, and everyone associated with it. But it's an understandable blind spot. Look at their board. It is almost entirely dominated by Wall Street interests. Laughably so, in fact.

So consider Third Way a trade group, one lobbying to keep their taxes lower and the pitchforks at bay. That might make them greedy selfish assholes, but it sure doesn't make them Democrats.

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