Recall how last year as the Tea Party emerged in response to the big government initiatives of Obama and the Democrats, Beltway insiders and Democratic leaders were quick to call them Astroturf? This despite no evidence whatsoever that conservative groups spearheaded the movement and abundant evidence of spontaneous protests across the country.
Indeed, the conservative groups who got involved were johnny-come-latelies, trying to latch onto a popular uprising. Now, we have another example of liberal groups trying to imitate the success of the Tea Parties, only it’s leaders of left-of-center organizations trying to spearhead the movement:
In an effort to replicate the tea party’s success, 170 liberal and civil rights groups are forming a coalition that they hope will match the movement’s political energy and influence. They 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 grassroots two years ago. In a repurposing of Barack Obama‘s old campaign slogan, organizers are demanding “all the change” they voted for — a poke at the White House.
H/t: Mark Hemingway.
Wonder if Nancy Pelosi will call this Astroturf.