The anti-label crusaders from David Frum’s mushy-middle, (and pointless) No Labels project, and the mushy middle pretenders of the Coffee Party are on the march, and dang if they don’t sound like they could be the same group. David Frum didn’t need to waste his time with No Labels. He should have just joined the Coffee Party.
NL: We are not labels – we are people.
CP: We maintain our independence from all political parties and labels.
NL: We care deeply about our country.
CP: Love of country is based on shared values and ideals that define us as a people.
NL: We are frustrated and concerned about the tone of politics.
CP: Critical policy discussions are subjected to a perpetual cacophony of misinformation designed to breed cultural resentment.
NL: We are passionate about addressing America’s challenges.
CP: We believe that by talking and learning together – we can take action to solve the problems facing our nation
NL: We are Democrats, Republicans and Independents.
CP: …we are non-partisan
NL: We believe hyper-partisanship is destroying our politics and paralyzing our ability to govern.
CP: The ugliness on television, on talk radio, and on blogs and conspiracy emails is alienating to the vast majority of Americans.
NL: We may disagree on issues, but we do so with civility and mutual respect.
CP: Our message of civility and trans-partisan dialogue has allowed us to create an email list of over 65,000.
NL: We believe in the vital civil center — a place where ideas are judged on their merits.
CP: We encourage deliberation guided by reason amongst the many viewpoints held by our members.
NL: We believe that together we can make the future better and brighter — and give us what we all deserve — a government and a political system that works — one driven by shared purpose and common sense.
CP: In the coming months and years, we hope to transform our disappointment in our current political system into a force that will return our nation to a course of popular governance, of the People by the People for the People.
And so on…
The purpose of No Labels, of course, is to give the most irredeemably stupid “independent” voters an excuse to keep voting for Democrats. The mere fact that “No Labels” gets an 808-word free advertisement on the op-ed page of the Washington Post should tell you all you need to know about this alleged movement: It’s a ginned-up Establishment scam with no real activist constituency.
It is a group of snobs, elitists, true believers, and other left-of-center Democrats and Republicans who share nothing in common except being rich, pretty white, repudiated by the American political system, and convinced that if they are good enough and, doggoneit, serious enough, they can bring Aaron Sorkin’s West Wing to reality. Oh, and they are very serious. Just ask them.
The year 2010 may have been defined by Tea Party fervor and success, but some reporters and politicos are trying hard not to notice. Washington Post reporter Philip Rucker painted as significant a new group calling itself “No Labels,” founded by among others, a Bush strategist who adored Barack Obama too much to make ads against him in 2008 and CNN analyst John Avlon, who wrote a book with a label for a title: “Wingnuts.”