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The plain truth about who owns the Democratic Party
Washington Examiner ^ | 1/25/11 | Mark Tapscott

Posted on 01/25/2011 2:36:02 AM PST by markomalley

Examiner Special Report

Who Really Controls the Democratic Party?



  • Day Two: Haven’t the Democrats been here before?
  • Diagramming the Democratic special interest power-brokers
  • A spotter’s guide to progressive special interests
  • Back story of a progressive special interest power-broker


  • Day Three: When special interests come calling
  • Where the cash flows and what it buys
  • Trial lawyers find generosity pays
  • Who pulls the strings for what
  • Government employee unions are the new political bosses
  • Government employee unions’ 10 best friends in Congress

It's unlikely that Howard Dean intended to expose one of his party's greatest weaknesses in August 2009 when he explained why Obamacare could not include a tort reform provision that experts said could save up to $400 billion in health care costs.

Speaking at a Northern Virginia town hall meeting, the former Democratic presidential candidate and Democratic National Committee chairman stunned many in the nation's capitol with these unexpected words:

"Here's why tort reform is not in the bill. When you go to pass a really enormous bill like that, the more stuff you put into it, the more enemies you make. And the reason the tort reform is not in the bill is because the people who wrote it did not want to take on the trial lawyers in addition to everyone else they were taking on and that is the plain and simple truth."

Dean's admission was especially shocking because for years study after study has shown that doctors are forced to practice defensive medicine -- ordering unneeded tests and procedures in case they were sued by trial lawyers looking for deep pockets and big paydays that come with multimillion-dollar settlements. Tort reforms that put limits on such unrestrained class-action medical lawsuits by trial lawyers would save $40 billion annually, and up to $400 billion over a decade.

But President Obama and his Democratic congressional allies in the 111th Congress dared not alienate the Big Lawyers special interest of class-action trial attorneys. The lawyers and three other special interests - Big Labor union leaders, Big Green environmentalists, and Big Insiders with billions of dollars in personal wealth and foundation grants -- together essentially dictate what Democrats can and cannot support on many key public policy issues.

Call them the Four Horsemen of the coming Democratic apocalypse.

These four groups provide most of the campaign funding and workers, political and policy expertise, legal and regulatory muscle, and strategic communications for the Democratic Party. Consequently, most Democrats are prisoners of a narrow agenda of constantly growing government budgets, regulation and taxing.

This development comes at a time when public opinion surveys show conservatives, who favor less government, outnumber liberals by about two-to-one. In other words, the special interests are taking the Democrats in the opposite direction favored by most Americans.

This Examiner Special Report is about the plain truth of who owns the Democrats, beginning today with Douglas Schoen, former adviser to President Clinton, a clear voice from among a growing band of loyalists who fear the special interests are making it all but impossible for Democrats to attract support from moderates and independents. And I examine the present state of the Democratic National Committee.

Tomorrow, Examiner contributor Ron Arnold, one of the nation's top experts on the structure of political power in America, lays out the who's who of the Democratic Party's power brokers and the roots of their respective agendas. We'll also look back at the last time Democrats were held hostage by narrow interests.

On Thursday, a bevy of analysts examiner the policies Democratic officeholders and seekers are expected to support and those that must be opposed no matter what public opinion might reveal. And we will look at the billions of dollars these four special interests continually pump into Democratic coffers.

The sidebar above will be inside every one of these pieces and can help you easily navigate the report as it is published.

TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: democrats; owned; plain; plaintruth; pwn3d; report; truth

1 posted on 01/25/2011 2:36:04 AM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

This could be quite good.

Something to look forward to this week.

2 posted on 01/25/2011 2:49:19 AM PST by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: markomalley
A vote-crazed pathetic progressive who got shellacked by the nation,
Obama's on his knees all puckered up, in full reelection mode.

Here's a clue (/snix).

Last year's DNC poster.

This year's DNC poster

Obama is baptized in the fire of faith.
Obama's been saved. Thank you, Jesus.

3 posted on 01/25/2011 3:13:13 AM PST by Liz (There's a new definition of bipartisanship in Washington -- it's called "former member.")
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To: markomalley


4 posted on 01/25/2011 3:25:09 AM PST by Ulysse (I)
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To: Rocky

Yes, I emailed the link, and an alert to my personal list.

5 posted on 01/25/2011 3:32:50 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: markomalley

It all boils down to George Soros owns the Democratic Party.

6 posted on 01/25/2011 4:17:07 AM PST by BuffaloJack (What rights will the Obama's regime take from us today?)
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To: BuffaloJack

(Large black lesbian) Donna Brazile, Democrat Al Gore’s campaign manager during his run for the presidency ... started a furor within her own party — which was trying to appeal to the middle class, political independents and suburban voters —

when she said the pillars of the Democratic Party were African Americans, organized labor, women and homosexuals.

7 posted on 01/25/2011 4:59:08 AM PST by flowerplough (Thomas Sowell: Those who look only at Obama's deeds tend to become Obama's critics.)
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To: flowerplough
when she said the pillars of the Democratic Party were African Americans, organized labor, women and homosexuals.

She also said something pretty rude on This Week on ABC during the period after Obama's election, when she told her white ABC colleagues that they can basically suck it, a black man is President. It was a racist and uncalled-for comment which doubtless reflected her real views of white people. I don't recall the exact quote, but the manner of its delivery -- cold -- momentarily poleaxed her roundtable companions, who visibly winced and stumbled.

8 posted on 01/25/2011 5:43:00 AM PST by lentulusgracchus (Concealed carry is a pro-life position.)
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“Black president now” a common theme from her?

“... Brazile revealed that Obama left the blue blanket that each platform guest was provided, so she decided to take his.

Gibson teased her that he was going to call the police.

“We have a black president. This is free,” she quipped.”

Democratic strategist Donna Brazile’s inauguration view
January 20, 2009

9 posted on 01/25/2011 6:01:29 AM PST by flowerplough (Thomas Sowell: Those who look only at Obama's deeds tend to become Obama's critics.)
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10 posted on 01/25/2011 11:13:56 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: TexasRepublic

Roger that

11 posted on 01/25/2011 1:42:51 PM PST by txhurl
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