For months now, the lefty blogger Markos Moulitsas of the DailyKos has been promising an all-out war on the centrist Democratic Leadership Council. Last May, Moulitsas wrote a column entitled, “Time for the DLC to die,” in which he referred to the organization as “cancerous” and said that the moment had come “to euthanize the organization.” Then, at the beginning of August, Moulitsas wrote that the DLC was in fact dying, but that he — along with fellow “progressives” — had a plan to “hasten the process”:
So what’s left? Let the DLC fizzle out on its own? We could do that. It has a limited shelf life. Or we can help the process along, working collectively to hasten the process. And I’ve got a plan to do just that. Consider this a teaser. ETA is four weeks.
But four weeks came and went with no war on the DLC. So yesterday Moulitsas published a note saying it is more important for “progressives” now to mount a post-Katrina political offensive:
I’ve laid off the DLC for the time being. The Katrina disaster has not only made this sort of intra-party fight a bit counterproductive at the moment, but it has refocused the allies and media I was going to engage in the campaign to the more important task of getting to the bottom of the disaster on the gulf coast.
The window has closed for now.