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April 22, 2005

George Soros' Initiative To Begin a New Age of New-Leftism

As Time magazine would ask, were he a conservative, "Is it good for America?:

George Soros told a carefully vetted gathering of 70 likeminded millionaires and billionaires last weekend that they must be patient if they want to realize long-term political and ideological yields from an expected massive investment in “startup” progressive think tanks......building an ideas production line for liberal politicians...refer to themselves as the Phoenix Group...Rob Stein, a veteran of President Bill Clinton’s Commerce Department and of New York investment banking, convened the meeting of venture capitalists, left-leaning moneymen and a select few D.C. strategists on how to seed pro-Democratic think tanks, media outlets and leadership schools...

Senior Democratic National Committee (DNC) officials were quietly briefed about the meeting in recent weeks. DNC Chairman Howard Dean was aware of it... one senior DNC source said the organizers “kept that list [of attendees] kind of tight.”

I guess that doesn't count as "illegal coordination," right? No, let's keep investigating Tom DeLay's golf trips.

Why isn't the right doing this? I know we're in power now, but 1, you have to spend to recruit new talent if you want to stay on top and 2, damnit, if Soros keeps pouring money into liberals, I just might find myself saying, "You know, Nancy Pelosi really does have a point, whatever the hell it is she's talking about."

...The Democracy Alliance will act as a clearinghouse and is expected to channel much of its money to new organizations and existing ones such as John Podesta’s Center for American Progress and David Brock’s Media Matters for America...

Great. Make sure O-Chubb gets kept flush in Filet-O-Fishes while I have to scrimp just to get that cheese on my Whopper.


Participants were tight-lipped, saying they wanted to keep media expectations low...

Probably a sound idea. Because this isn't going to work. Because the fundamental problem is that while soft-liberalism has a good amount of popularity, it's still not quite as popular as center-rightism, and, even worse, the Democratic Party is prevented from playing its best game (that is, soft liberalism) by hard left socialists like Soros and Michael Moore.

Other participants included former White House press secretary Mike McCurry and New Democrat Network president Simon osenberg...Ingersoll said funding transparency is a priority, which she said would contrast with some right-wing groups...But transparency was not on display among the Scottsdale participants contacted by The Hill...One source at the DNC with direct knowledge of the agenda said that the Phoenix Group had three specific goals at the outset. It wants to create liberal think tanks, training camps for young progressives and media centers...

“This is bigger than that,” the DNC source said.."

The bigger they are, the more fun it is to laugh at them when they fall on their faces.

Thanks to RCL, who wants to know if the left will finally cop to the "Vast Left Wing Conspiracy" charge.

Or call it a cabal. That sounds more sinister. And the Wiccans will appreciate the hat-tip.

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