New Orleans During the World Series we finally learned something interesting about Barbara Bush that wasn’t horrific. It turns out she knows how to keep the box score on a game. While the Georges were rubbernecking and Laura was talking over her shoulder, the Iron Fist of Texas was dutifully minding the box score. If you don’t know, then learn, because we are all being asked to keep a score card for the efforts offering to save us from something now in these moments of our anger and alienation.
For the most part the dominant prescription for the dealing with the grassroots movement of the Tea-People and others is not a grassroots movement but it seems money and moderation. It turns out that when the right is storming the halls of Congress and the White House, it’s an organic apple a day, if you please. The basic teams in the field still seem to be the Tea-people versus the Me-People, but let’s mark the scorecard.
Yesterday’s news of more players joining as free agents included the Liberals spearheaded by Rob MacKay, who was labeled as a Taco Bell guy, but is better known to many of us over the years as a supporter of serious reform in California on many fronts and more recently as a big whoop with the Democracy Alliance, a Democratic political club of a 100+ rich contributors, and David Brock of Media Matters and its allied organizations. Brock’s main quotes seem to focus on the fact that he was really good a raising money and that he was confident that he could raise money for whatever the Liberals wanted to do. Program will follow.
There was also news that Steve Rosenthal, another long time comrade and friend, was convening people in DC to look at moving something forward to save the day. Given Steve’s long history with CWA, DOL, and then as political director for the AFL-CIO, and then as labor’s point man in a number of efforts around battlegrounds and voter mobilization, it’s fair to believe that Steve would be the point man for Labor.