I was actually on this call (for part of it anyway, I got a call from my sister part way through), but Eliot Cutler and Charlie Crist hosted a town hall by phone event, with over seven thousand listeners. It was pretty interesting, and I”m looking forward to doing more of them. Its good No Labels is finally doing some things like this in the evening… as I can rarely make their calls in late mornings because of work, which I’m sure is the case for a lot of people.
The Kennebec Journal has a nice write up on the call:
The event was arranged by No Labels, a new Washington, D.C.-based group that is seeking to foster bipartisanship, and attracted more than 7,000 listeners from Maine and across the country.
Cutler and Crist took six questions — all from Mainers — during the call that lasted about 35 minutes.
“We need everyone working together — all the folks who feel politically disenfranchised — we need channels of communication, places to congregate, we need to organize and apply our strength,” said Cutler.
Nancy Jacobson, one of the group’s founding members, told listeners that the group is not asking political leaders to give up their partisanship, just to set aside the label “so we can do what government should do and solve problems.”
“We are a movement just like the tea party is a movement, just like Moveon.org is a movement,” said Jacobson.
To be fair, that last part isn’t really true. There isn’t, yet, a No Labels movement. I hope there will be at some point, and I think No Labels is learning from some early mistakes, but it is still inaccurate to call this a movement. A movement does not require a central organization to continue and grow.
But Cutler is spot on. Organizing the politically disenfranchised, who are mostly centrists and moderates, should be priority number one. I hope they succeed.