October 5, 2005

Will Matt Brown Renounce his Democratic Leadership Council Affiliation?

Carroll Andrew Morse

The Democratic Leadership Council is a group that seeks to promote moderate views within the Democratic party. They don’t maintain a formal membership list, but they list Rhode Island Senate candidate Matthew Brown as one of their “New Democrats”.

Last week, the DLC issued a dispatch rejecting the policy of withdrawal from Iraq...

A failed state in Iraq would destabilize the entire region, hand our jihadist enemies a major victory and result in a devastating blow to our national security credibility and interests. But the right course now is neither to give the terrorists a victory by withdrawing, nor to continue Bush's failed policies.

This is directly at odds with Matt Brown’s stated position

Last week you said withdrawing our troops from Iraq would be 'a terrible signal to the enemy' and you again refused to set a timetable for withdrawal. That’s wrong.
Brown’s position is closer to what the Democratic Leadership Council calls that of the non-interventionist left, who believe that "because America is strong, it must be wrong".

Given that Brown rejects the moderate Democratic position on America’s most pressing foreign policy issue, shouldn’t Brown renounce his DLC ties? Or is he unwilling to sacrifice a potential source of insider endorsements on account of mere policies and ideas?

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More importantly, will the DLC renounce Matt Brown? The guy literally doesn't have a clue how the real world works. What on earth has he accomplished in his time as SoS that even remotely makes him think he has what it takes to be in the US Senate? He's not qualified to run for state senator, nevermind US Senate. What a joke!

Posted by: Will at October 6, 2005 2:46 AM

I don't buy it. Brown is the only candidate in this race who has any guts.

Who else is there? Chafee? Where does this guy stand? If he is going to be a Democrat, I'd rather him be a Democrat. We don't need his votes on anything and he makes the entire Republican Party look weak.
Whitehouse? HA! This guy couldn't beat Myrth York! Are things different now? Besides he's a stiff suit. He reads his talking points like a good little boy. And have you seen all of the make up he is wearing on the website? What the hell? He is more like Katherine Harris than a Senator!
So you don't like Brown's position on the War. Waa. Waa. Waa. Any strong conservative would want us to get the hell out of that place. At least he has guts to stand up for what he believes - even if it upsets some people. That's more than I can say for any of these guys.

Posted by: Thoughts and Ideas at October 10, 2005 9:31 AM

Brown in the DLC? Another far-left liberal trying to acquire some "moderate" bona fides.

What is it with Rhode Island and liberal trust-fund babies???? Brown. Whitehouse. Chafee.

I guess those folks view politics as a way of giving some meaning to their existence, without having to do anything truly difficult like starting and running a business ... in Rhode Island.

Posted by: Tom W at October 10, 2005 10:51 PM