Expanding on Unity 09 – a Progressive Democrat group – from last week:
“Unity ’09 comes at a time of increasing coordination on the left, including an effort this week by the Democratic National Committee, Obama’s grassroots network and other groups to defend Obama’s budget and attack the GOP as obstructionists. But Unity ’09 is setting a broader, and longer-term agenda, aiming to exert grassroots pressure on lawmakers in their home states over the next several years on the entire spectrum of political issues.
“When progressive activists are working in concert and the right is forming a circular firing squad, you know it’s a new day,” said consultant Paul Begala, who said he’s not involved in the new organization. ”
“Unity ’09 is, informally, the field organizing compliment to another new organization, Progressive Media , which launched a month ago to coordinate the liberal groups’ messages and their attacks on Republicans and on critics of Obama’s policies. That group’s 8:45 a.m. daily conference call has helped bring such unlikely groups as the League of Conservation Voters into an effort to cast Rush Limbaugh as the leader of the Republican Party, and has coordinated attacks on two leading critics of Obama’s health care plans.”