A think tank with ties to Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons of Delaware is under fire from some Democrats for a recent op-ed that describes entitlement policies pushed by “left-wing populists” as “disastrous” for the party.
The Dec. 3 Journal op-ed by the Democratic centrist group Third Way assails economic populism and targets a plan by Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts to expand Social Security benefits for all seniors as “exhibit A of this populist political and economic fantasy.”But let's recall, however, that the elite leadership cadre of the Delaware's Democratic Party suffers no progressives or populists among its ranks. You either have to be a corporatist (Markell, Carper, Coons, Carney) or corrupt (Stewart, Flowers, Jones-Potter) to be a statewide leader in today's Democratic Party.
There are some very good people trying to carry the Progressive banner in the General Assembly (Paul Baumbach, Bryan Townsend, John Kowalko), but the reality is that they're pretty much tokens in the corporate-financed statewide Democratic Party machine.
That's why you have to keep remembering that the definition of a Democrat in Delaware is a Republican who favors marriage equality.
(And if you want to know where all those Mike Castle Republicans went, you now have your answer: they infiltrated the Democratic Party. Don't believe me? Then riddle me this: exactly how many votes has John Carney made in nearly two full terms in the House wherein Mike Castle would have voted differently? You don't need enough fingers to go to the other hand. The same, ironically, could be said about Tom Carper and Bill Roth.)