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Passing the Torch at the DLC

By Garance Franke-Ruta
It's the end of an era at the Democratic Leadership Council. More than two decades after founding the centrist Democratic group, Al From, 65, has announced plans to retire.

From has asked policy maven Bruce Reed, the DLC's president, to succeed him as CEO.

"The DLC has largely achieved what we set out to do when I formed it in 1985," From said in a statement. "It has played a vital role in resuscitating the Democratic Party, and it has championed ideas that have changed our country for the better. Now is the right time for the DLC to take the next step, and Bruce Reed is the right person to lead it."

Reed, who recently co-authored a book with Rahm Emanuel, now Obama's chief of staff, was chief domestic policy adviser and director of the Domestic Policy Council in the Clinton administration.

The DLC, announcing the coming shift in leadership, said that Reed "intends to focus the DLC's mission in Washington on the battle for reform and ideas" and expand its Fellows Program and efforts "to groom the next generation of reformers."

The change in leadership comes at a natural juncture in the history of the Democratic Party, Reed said.

"When I began working with Al From two decades ago, Democrats were in the political wilderness," said Reed in a statement. "Today, Democrats are the nation's majority party.... From now on, what matters in politics is making sure our ideas work."

By Web Politics Editor  |  March 5, 2009; 7:50 PM ET
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McLean, Virginia -- Thank goodness for the closure of the Democratic Leadership Committee (DLC). Those people cost our country over and over. Maybe now they will realize how totally wrong they were and are.

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Posted by: matthewsp1 | March 8, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

i think it's time for the Babbit wing of the dem party [including the DLC] to own up to their collaboration with the reactionary republican agenda that is the foundation fo the current mess.

Posted by: tedri50 | March 6, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I feel sick. I'm actually starting to look at the Clinton era as the good old days.

Posted by: AkCoyote | March 6, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: JakeD | March 6, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Al From & the DLC? I thought Howard Dean showed that the day of these people had come and gone, long since gone. Please, the DLC and their ideas are yesterday's news, as the girl in that movie said "They're so last Thursday!"
Seriously, the DLC had no idea how to counter Newt Gingrich's Republican Revolution and haven't had any new ideas since. They need to just retire the whole brand completely.

Posted by: rlg3526 | March 6, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse




• Silent, covert microwave radiation weapons assaults on innocent but "targeted" U.S. citizens;

• Terroristic vigilante community gang stalking, surreptitious home entry, police-tolerated vandalism;

• Secret federal "programs of personal financial destruction."

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 6, 2009 1:08 AM | Report abuse

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