MSNBC Host Calls Left-Wing Group Co-Founded By Obama 'Non-Partisan'

June 30th, 2010 9:55 PM

ROTF, laughing my Demos off . . .

Barack Obama is president.  Oil is gushing in the gulf.  America was eliminated from the World Cup.  Looking for a laugh break? Try this: MSNBC has described DEMOS as "non-partisan."  OK, I hadn't heard of them, either.  But their web site just happens to mention that Barack Obama is "a founding Board member."

But that didn't stop Chris Hayes of the lefty Nation mag, on MSNBC this evening subbing for Ed Schultz, from, yes, describing DEMOS as "non-partisan" in introducing the group's Washington, DC director, Heather McGhee.  And who is Heather?  From the DEMOS site: "previously, she was the Deputy Policy Director, Domestic and Economic Policy, for the John Edwards for President 2008 campaign."

View video here.

Predictably, McGhee spoke in favor of the Dems' financial regulation bill.  Her argument included this pro-Obama gem: "People understand that we've now got someone in Washington watching out for the consumer," etc.  Don't you sleep better at night knowing Barack Obama's in the White House?

Poking around the DEMOS web site, we find this  description of the group's "four overarching goals":

    *  a more equitable economy with widely shared prosperity and opportunity;

    * a vibrant and inclusive democracy with high levels of voting and civic engagement;

    * an empowered public sector that works for the common good;

    * and responsible U.S. engagement in an interdependent world.

Shall we translate?: income redistribution, lax voting enforcement, bigger government, weaker defense.

Yup, sure sounds non-partisan to me!

Note: My first instinct was to Google "DEMOS" + "Soros," and while I can't independently verify it for the time being, sure enough I got some hits, as here, listing the group as being funded by the far-left's biggest financier.