It is hard to boil down anything about the highly diverse and often fractious Democratic Party to an either/or choice.
But there appeared to be two major schools of thought at the sixth annual Take Back America conference in Washington, D.C., this week — organized by the liberal group Campaign for America’s Future and attended by a mix of 3,000 pamphlet-pushing activists, headphone-wearing bloggers and buttoned-down political pros.
The organizers of Take Back America say that the American electorate is moving to the left and bringing the Democratic Party with it. “What you see is that progressives are driving the national debate,” said Toby Chaudhuri, spokesman for the Campaign for America’s Future. “They are driving the debate in the Democratic Party and the Democratic Party is driving the national debate.”
But Chaudhuri conceded that the many members of progressive organizations are cautious about identifying with a political party. “To these folks, it isn’t necessarily about Democrats or Republicans, it’s about the progressive agenda,” he said.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
"Liberals Convene — and Air Differences Over Democrats"
NY Times (from Congressional Quarterly):