Sunday, March 12, 2006

Sanity, or just good marketing?

I came across this op-ed piece in the Fredericksburg Freelance-Star yesterday morning, and thought, "hmm...this is a pretty sharp guy". The article, headlined "Muslims, mad and militant, set their sights on a quailing Europe". It's a very well-reasoned article discussing the Islamic bullying of a multi-culti Europe, and the Europeans' less than courageous response.

At the end of the article, I noted that it was written by Fred Siegel, of the Progressive Policy Institute. My Pavlovian response to the word "progressive" was to Google Mr. Siegel and his PPI just to find out what they were all about. My search turned up a fair number of articles written by Mr. Siegel, most of which seemed far more conservative than "progressive". Next stop, the PPI web site.

Let's see...."The Bush administration has responded to the nation's rapidly deteriorating health care system with a bundle of proposals that not only fail to reduce costs...(blah blah blah)". Next article: "Billions of people worldwide living in low-income villages and urban neighborhoods are seeking information and communications technologies...(blah blah blah)". OK, now this is much closer to what I think of as "progressive" talking points. So maybe Mr. Siegel was taken on to fill some sort of bizarre quota.

Then I look up near the top-right corner of the page, and I see there are two tabs for the PPI, and one for the Democratic Leadership Committee. *DING!* Now I get it. The DLC has been trying to move the party to the center, much to the chagrin of the DNC. The Democratic National Committee has been firmly in the grasp of the most hard-core leftists the party has to offer, and is credited with the losses the Dems have suffered in the past few big elections.

So, there you have it. The PPI and the DLC (the leadership of which Hillary Rodham Clinton is a member) are one and the same. They even share the same suite at the same address.

But with Sen. Clinton involved in the leadership, they're not fooling me.

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