On the one hand, he attacked Hillary Clinton—and by extension the DLC Democrats more generally—for living in fear of the bear.
The reason is that the DLC wing of the party is much more top-down than the MoveOn wing.
The DLC spoke to, and for, a Democratic rank and file that was considerably more moderate than party establishment.
(Significantly, Obama kept his distance from the DLC during his brief stint in the Senate).
Some pundits are arguing that the DLC was a victim of its own success at remaking the Democratic Party.
But stylistically the DLC could not have been further from the new zeitgeist.
Such sentiments didn't end with the waning influence of the DLC in more recent times.
Democrats faced accusations about the party being divided, and the DLC and DNC (Democratic National Committee) were often at odds.
Someone will start a centrist Republican Leadership Council, just as people started the centrist DLC back in 1985.