From the grounds of the Coffee Party rises …

posted at 10:55 am on July 12, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Would that be One Nation Under God?  Er, not exactly.  After the Coffee Party ran out of caffeine, despite the attempts by mainstream media outlets to breathe life into it, progressives have decided to try again.  This time, the Washington Post reports on the latest effort by unions and other hardball political players to create a top-down “grassroots” organization to compete with the Tea Party, this time called One Nation:

If imitation is the highest form of flattery, the “tea party” movement must be honored.

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 foundering.

The large-scale attempt at liberal unity, dubbed “One Nation,” will try to revive themes that energized the progressive grass roots two years ago. In a repurposing of Barack Obama’s former campaign slogan, organizers are demanding “all the change” they voted for — a poke at the White House.

So who’s behind this?  It reads like a Who’s Who of special interests within the Democratic Party:

The groups involved represent the core of the first-time voters who backed Obama, including the National Council of La Raza, the Service Employees International Union, the NAACP, the AFL-CIO, and the United States Student Association. (The effort is separate from the Democratic Party’s plan to spend $50 million trying to reach those same voters.)

Separate?  Uh, sure it is.  The SEIU and the AFL-CIO never coordinate with Democrats, and neither do La Raza or the NAACP … right?  This overly credulous statement should embarrass the WaPo editorial staff.  If the Tea Party had been formed on the basis of massive funding from the NRA, the Chamber of Commerce, and Focus on the Family, would anyone in the media have written that the effort would have been “separate” from the GOP?

This isn’t imitation being the sincerest form of flattery.  It’s an admission by the Democratic Party and its chief special-interest supporters that the grassroots have failed to materialize on their behalf.  In its place, liberal groups will shovel tens of millions of dollars into faking it.  It’s an Astroturf campaign, designed to give the media something else to talk about other than the Tea Party, which has political momentum and enthusiasm and has conservatives organizing at the grassroots level for the first time since Reagan.

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What the Dems and the MSM don’t understand is that the Tea Party is, most simply stated, a mindset. It’s an archetypical expression of freedom and self-determinism that transcends petty politics.

We don’t need a national organization. I watched some of the original town halls last summer. The only stuff televised, even of Fox, was the emotional in your face screamy junk. The part I was captured by was rational, well-expressed American principles by people I admire for their courage and their recall and expression of FACTS. Much of what these citizens said resonated with my basic experience with what America is all about.

The progressive Dems can’t succeed because they can’t possibly recreate the underlying and animating mindset of the Tea Party…because their agenda, their aims, are in direct contradiction to freedom and the unique American psyche.

They just don’t know how much in the minority they are. Let them waste their money … like they did trying to elect a progressive in the Arkansas primary, of all places! They just don’t “get it,” which is a good thing.

That the “union” party is far lefties progressives unhappy with Obama can only help push Obama farther left. What could be finer? I hope the sink a TON of money in the effort!

There are scads of us who have never attended a tea party…who nevertheless are absolutely dedicated to the MINDSET.

marybel on July 12, 2010 at 4:23 PM

“counter the tea party narrative …”

You know, the one winning back-to-back, 24/7 coverage in the mainstream media.

Sigh. On the day that Rand Paul says, no one will hear the true narrative of the Tea Party until the movement buys paid air time for commercials.

Tea Partiers don’t care a wit about social issues. They are, however, obsessed with fiscal issues. That potent combination unites Republicans with Independents and some Democrats, and scares the death out of the liberal establishment.

So what do they do, where to they go?

Straight to race.

They have nowhere else to go.

Anil Petra on July 12, 2010 at 5:21 PM

One Nation? More like One World. Pathetically weak.

Oh, and save that list of backers- we’re gonna need it after November 2nd.

2ipa on July 12, 2010 at 6:33 PM

One Nation? That sounds strangely familiar.

One Nation. One People. One Fuehrer Obama.

Oh, yeah, baby. BRING IT ON!

njcommuter on July 12, 2010 at 6:59 PM

They need to re-name their pathetic group “Damn Nation,” in honor of Barry and his mentor, Rev. Wright.

Christien on July 12, 2010 at 12:18 PM

I think I’ll call it “Onanation.”

Mary in LA on July 12, 2010 at 9:13 PM

marybel on July 12, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Very well stated, you have captured it in a nutshell.

AZfederalist on July 12, 2010 at 11:01 PM

David Frum should join.

AshleyTKing on July 13, 2010 at 3:33 AM

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