Liberals Organizing a Tea Party of Their Own

Progressives hope to mimic success with new group
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2010 10:12 AM CDT
In this April 15 file photo, Samantha Johnson of Phoenix joins thousands attending a Tea Party Tax Day rally in Tempe, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

(Newser) – Liberals may not like the Tea Party's politics, but they admire its organizing skills. About 170 left-leaning groups are forming a coalition known as One Nation with a pledge to "counter the tea party narrative," reports the Washington Post. Progressives have been generally disappointed with the Obama administration (Eric Alterman articulates it in a widely discussed essay in the Nation) and want to regain their mojo on everything from immigration reform to unemployment relief to the pro-union card check bill.

"Having been confronted with the specter of the tea party, we felt it urgent to organize the majority of this country, which voted in 2008 and has gone back to the couch," said NAACP chief Benjamin Jealous. "We've been split off in different directions." The first goal is a major march in Washington in October.

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