WASHINGTON--Former Commerce Secretary William Daley penned an op ed in the Thursday Washington Post imploring Democrats to not drive moderates from the party. His peg is the defection of Alabama Republican Parker Griffith.
Now the Midwest chairman for JPMorgan Chase, the brother of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley was the chairman of Vice President Gore's 2000 presidential campaign.
"The announcement by Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith that he is switching to the Republican Party is just the latest warning sign that the Democratic Party -- my lifelong political home -- has a critical decision to make: Either we plot a more moderate, centrist course or risk electoral disaster not just in the upcoming midterms but in many elections to come."
"...All that is required for the Democratic Party to recover its political footing is to acknowledge that the agenda of the party's most liberal supporters has not won the support of a majority of Americans -- and, based on that recognition, to steer a more moderate course on the key issues of the day, from health care to the economy to the environment to Afghanistan."