Wednesday, December 15, 2004

In an article for The Progressive entitled "Meet Mr. Rogers", Ruth Conniff analyzes progressive intentions to organize longterm along the same lines that the right has used. We'll have to begin, as many of us have bemoaned, by remaking the DNC. Conniff begins by describing our DNC wimps:
In the face of the right's 2004 election victories and shrieking triumphalism, the Democrats picked Harry Reid of Nevada, a pro-life, pro-war, anti-flag-burning buddy of President Bush, to be their leader in the Senate. One of Reid's colleagues, Sen. Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, had this to say about the new minority leader, who is taking over from Karl Rove's drive-by victim Tom Daschle: "When the conservative talk show hosts start saying bad things about Harry Reid, it will be like attacking Mr. Rogers."
This is the Democrats' idea of mounting an opposition to the rightwing takeover of all three branches of the federal government? Let us all unite behind our fearless leader ... Mr. Rogers!
Fortunately, while party leaders are busy putting on their cardigans and practicing their Bible verses in the hopes that the big bullies in Washington won't pick on them, out in the states progressives are organizing.
Many of the independent groups that worked so hard to defeat Bush are now turning their attention to the longer-term battle to take back the country. They are modeling their efforts on what the right did in the 1970s.

Conniff describes ALEC, the right wing organizing juggernaut, as a way of laying out a model for left wing organizers. Click here to read the article.

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