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Whenever you think of the Dark Sith, remember THIS Image

….or the end of the Democratic Leadership Council as we know it.  And it’s going down on Harold Ford, Jr.’s watch.  Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy (H/T John Amato at Crooks and Liars):

The Democratic Leadership Council, the iconic centrist organization of the Clinton years, is out of money and could close its doors as soon as next week, a person familiar with the plans said Monday.

The DLC, a network of Democratic elected officials and policy intellectuals had long been fading from its mid-’90s political relevance, tarred by the left as a symbol of “triangulation” at a moment when there’s little appetite for intra-party warfare on the center-right. The group tried — but has failed — to remake itself in the summer of 2009, when its founder, Al From, stepped down as president. Its new leader, former Clinton aide Bruce Reed, sought to remake the group as a think tank, and the DLC split from its associated think tank, the Progressive Policy Institute.

The DLC is already showing signs of disrepair. Its website currently leads a Harold Ford op-ed from last November, titled, “Yes we can collaborate.” It lists as its staff just four people, and has only one fellow. Recent tax returns weren’t immediately publicly available, but returns from 2004-2008 show a decline in its budget from $2.6 million to $1.5 million, and a source said funding further dried up during the financial crisis that began nine months before Reed took over…

As it has often been quoted: “If a voter has a choice between a fake Republican and a real Republican, he’s going for the real Republican.”  What victories can the DLC point to since the Clinton Administration? (hint, the Democrats lost both Houses of Congress and initiated the “Contract with America” in 1994).  Where is their political successes in moving further to the Right, and abandoning all the principles that distinguished Democrats from Republicans?

Can you cue the chirping of crickets?  I sure can; in fact, I started my blogging career with a blog called “Get Rid of the DLC”.  I said I would quit that blog when the signs that the DLC was folding would begin to show, and on the Dark Sith’s watch, that’s exactly what it’s done.

I wish this would be the end of Harold Ford, Jr., politically, that is, but Harold’s like unwanted luggage – you can’t get rid of him:

If you forgot what Ford brings to the table, here’s a taste. We have enough phony Democrats on hand. I’m sure he’ll land on Wall Street somehwere.

With all due respect, John, Wall Street has more than enough problems without having Harold Ford on the government teat.

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