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Finally Left Leverage on Healthcare

Niagara FalSenator Bernie Sandersls, Ontario           Maybe progressives and liberals are finally willing to exercise some leverage rather than watching painfully as conservatives and moderates strip every bill that arises down to the bone with health care reform being the latest front page casualty?  There are signs of a stirring.

            SEIU and Andy Stern after having seemed for so long to have been a White House annex office at their headquarters on Dupont Circle finally is snapping back at the evisceration of health legislation.  Trumka and the AFL-CIO are unhappy and balking at the compromises.  MoveOn which has been indistinguishable from Obama’s Organizing for America is sending out emails targeting Lieberman and praising Senator Bernie Sanders and his threats to NOT vote for the health care bill’s Senate version.  There are real discussions everywhere that people gather where folks are trying to find a way to still rationalize supporting so little at this late date in the fight.

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Thanks to Zack Exley

Zack Exley

Zack Exley

New Orleans A little less than two months ago I got an email out of the blue from legendary internet and political organizer, Zack Exley. It was a one line note that said, essentially and in so few words: Wade, what the frick is wrong with your blog – I can’t make heads or tails of this!

We might be making a muck of it somehow, but I’m not stupid, and I knew immediately that if I had aroused some pique in Zack, there was trouble in web-land! So, I dusted myself right off and shot back a note with a big, fat HELP. Knowing Zack’s record both with SEIU years ago when he was a union organizer and more recently when he shook George W to his boots, then was organizing director for MoveOn, and so forth and so on with the New Organizing Institute and Thoughtworks, as he pioneered the use of the web and whatever as a top flight organizer, I knew if he didn’t get it, then no one probably did.

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