WASHINGTON — Bill Clinton will be there. So will 300 officeholders from more than 45 states. But one thing will be missing when Democrats gather in Tennessee this weekend to discuss how to appeal to moderate, independent-minded voters in 2008: the Democratic presidential field.
Not a single one of the eight presidential candidates plans to attend the Democratic Leadership Council's summer meeting, a snub that says less about the centrist DLC than it does about a nomination process that rewards candidates who pander to their parties' hardened cores while ignoring everybody else.
Do not get me wrong. I am not a huge fan of the DLC but I recognize the IDEA behind it and appreciate their efforts to appeal to a moderate audience (you know those people that MoveOn.org DOESN’T fraudulently claim as members of their crazy-farm cult).
The point is, to be elected by your party you can not be a moderate. If there was a Republican Moderate convention, none of the GOP candidate would show either (Well maybe Ron Paul would. Hell, that nut job will show up to TGIFriday’s for happy hour if you promise to get him on TV).
The point is, there is something wrong in a country that is so politically divided and is wanting, no, begging for leadership that can bring people to the table, but no one of that ability will or could get a nomination.