We Need a Progressive Tea Party
Progressives must bring us back to the center: EJ Dionne
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 3, 2011 12:08 PM CDT
Obama needs a Tea Party of his own.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Ever since President Obama got elected, the right has controlled the media conversation. We’ve gotten a picture of a president much further left than he really is, which has hurt progressives and moderates, writes EJ Dionne in the Washington Post: “The political center doesn’t stand a chance unless there is a fair fight between the right and the left." So it’s time for progressives to unite with a Tea Party of their own.

The president’s supporters got quiet after he won the election, and the administration liked that—because it didn’t need any new enemies. Trouble is, “the absence of a strong, organized left made it easier for conservatives to label Obama as a left-winger," Dionne argues. Now is the time to build that organized left. Meanwhile, the administration needs to open up to outside support from a progressive movement like the ones that backed FDR and LBJ. Let’s “usefully instruct Americans as to just how moderate the president they elected in 2008 is—and how far to the right conservatives have strayed,” Dionne writes. Click through for the full column.