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.
The Scottsdale, Ariz., meeting, called to start the process of building an ideas production line for liberal politicians, began what organizers hope will be a long dialogue with the “partners,” many from the high-tech industry. Participants have begun to refer to themselves as the Phoenix Group. [...] 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.
The Democrats and the Left have truly become the party and the "movement" of BIG MONEY AND THE ELITES, and they are no longer the blue-collar party of the people.
UPDATE: Well, well, well: This post - and the one on BOLTON (below) - have sure struck a nerve in the heart of the Left! Here're my responses to some of the Leftie commenters -
(1) NOBODY repeat N-O-B-O-D-Y spent more money in the last presidential race than Soros and Peter Lewis - TWO UNABSHED LEFTIES. That's just a simple a fact; go to OPENSECRETS.ORG to verify. Soros alome spent $25 MILLION. Lewis around $15 MILLION. That's more than any Righty or any GOP millionaire. (2) Bush got more small donations from more people than Kerry. VERIFY THAT AT OPENSECRETS.ORG, too. (3) Blogosota (a commenter to this post) reveals the basically ANTI-FREE SPEECH/dialogue/debate attitude of the Left; it's why they are so anti-Fox: they just don't think that the Right has any right to public discourse. How PERFECTLY Stalinist.