"We have to close the enthusiasm gap," NAACP president Ben Jealous said in an interview with the Associated Press Friday. "The danger of the Tea Party is that people see them and think about periods in history when groups like them were much more powerful than they are now, and so a lot of what we spend energy doing is explaining to people what reality is, and that the reality is that the majority from 2008 still exists."
Uh huh...who is the one denying reality here?
The majority of Americans support Arizona and the approval numbers for Obama have reversed in 18 months...
The "One Nation" initiative is astroturf any way you slice it...
In an effort to replicate the tea party's success, 170 liberal and civil-rights groups are forming a coalition they hope will match the movement's political energy and influence. The groups promise to "counter the tea-party narrative" and help the progressive movement find its voice again after 18 months of floundering.
The large-scale attempt at liberal unity, dubbed "One Nation," will try to revive themes that energized the progressive grass roots two years ago. In a repurposing of Barack Obama's campaign slogan, organizers are demanding "all the change" they voted for, a poke at the Obama administration.
But the liberal groups have long had a sibling rivalry, jostling over competing agendas and seeking to influence some of the same lawmakers. In forming the coalition, the groups struggled to settle on a name. Even now, two of the major players disagree about who came up with the idea of holding a march this fall.
Liberals can't play nice with each other, how long until "One Nation" turns into another ineffective paper tiger? It is just like liberals to insist a top down solution can even possibly match the energy and authenticity of a grass roots movement.
Hat tip to SondraK.