Which had me scratching my head a little. I suppose I meant the term "establishment" to imply a centrist Democrat entrenched enough (i.e. successful enough under the current system) that he or she doesn't really want to rock the boat, the way we want it to be rocked. A Vichy, in my mind, is someone who is actively selling out to the other side, or is so spineless that they might as well be. If the Establishment moves left again, then Establishment Dems might move left too, while Vichys would be left behind. Establishment Dems might be worth leaving in Congress (e.g., I suppose, Hillary Clinton); Vichy Dems are the ones who need to be actively opposed, at least in the primaries and sometimes, as in the case of Joe Lieberman, maybe even in the general elections. (There ARE Republicans I'd vote for over Lieberman. We can argue about that later.)
I'd love to hear your comments, and your suggestions about who falls where. In the meantime, I leave you with this delightfully balanced tidbit from the always delightfully balanced (/snark) Adam Nagourney, who consistently proves that even the venerable NY Times can't always be relied upon to separate news from editorials. (And no, I didn't get the term from him.)
[A]mong more establishment Democrats, there is concern that many of the party's most visible leaders — among them, Howard Dean, the Democratic chairman; Senator John Kerry, the party's 2004 presidential candidate; Mr. Kennedy; Representative Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader; and Al Gore, who has assumed a higher profile as the party heads toward the 2008 presidential primaries — may be flawed messengers.
In this view, the most visible Democrats are vulnerable to Republican attacks portraying them as out of the mainstream on issues including security and budget-cutting.One of the party's most prominent members, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, has been relatively absent for much of this debate, a characteristic display of public caution that her aides say reflects her concern for keeping focused on her re-election bid.
Thanks to thereisnospoon for reminding me about the Nagourney piece.