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December 18, 2008

24 Liberal Groups Band Together As Behemoth To Back Obama Stimulus -- Whatever Shape It May Take

They're not even waiting to see the details. Whatever The One wants, they'll support.

Leading liberal groups–24 of them–formed a new coalition today to push for passage of an economic stimulus plan, pledging a massive effort that will include field events and an ad campaign....

The coalition will support "whatever President-elect [Barack] Obama and congressional leaders come up with," Americans United for Change President Brad Woodhouse told reporters on a conference call this morning. ""This campaign is about getting as many votes in the House and the Senate" as we can, Woodhouse said.

The coalition, dubbed the Campaign for Jobs and Economic Recovery Now, includes the following liberal and progressive groups: AFSCME, SEIU, AFLCIO, NEA, Americans United for Change, USAction, Campaign for America’s Future, ACORN, Health Care for America Now, Sierra Club, People for the American Way Foundation, National Women’s Law Center,, Young Democrats of America, 21st Century Democrats, Community Action Partnership, Institute for Policy Studies – Cities for Progress , Progressive Future , National Priorities Project , Working Group on Extreme Inequality, YWCA USA , Economic Policy Institute, Women Voices, Women Vote, and the League of Conservation Voters.

Permanent campaign -- all those gonzo Obama supporters need to do something with their time post-election.

I always thought it was a fault of Bush's to not ask for pubic support and activist involvement more often during his presidency. It struck me he was trying to be the anti-Clinton. Clinton often urged the public (or whined to the public, depending on your politics) to help him fight for this or that. Bush seemed to take the position that the public wanted a time-out from politics altogether, and so didn't really bothering ginning up public outrage or support very often.

I think it's fair to say that Obama will not be following Bush's example.

I always feared the Obama Effect -- that an Obama victory would represent a rise in leftist power and enthusiasm and activism in a way that a Hillary victory would not. The left is both confident and re-engaged in a politics they had long written off as hopeless. It's going to take an awful lot of work by conservatives to blunt this attack on the American system.

On the Other Hand... Is card check already "on the brink," as Kaus hopes?

I doubt it -- so far I don't believe the public has engaged with this issue enough, not nearly like they did with the Comprehensive Piece of Shit. It took a lot of energy and action by the grassroots to get their representatives to back off of that, and we haven't seen anything like that yet.

Of course, the issue hasn't actually been presented yet. But enough GOP Senators may go along with Obama's horrible payoff to the unions out of a misplaced sense of... of what, I have no idea. But going along with liberal disasters in the making seems to be Republican Senators' default position.

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