May 26th, 2009
05:14 PM ET
14 years ago

Liberal activists to descend upon DC

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Liberal political activists will descend on the nation's capital next week to plot strategy on issues ranging from healthcare to energy and the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

In previous years the conference was titled "Take Back America," but with President Obama now in the White House it has been renamed "America's Future Now."

Obama addressed the conference in 2006 and 2007, and has been invited to appear once again. So far, the president hasn't RSVP'd - but the 2,000 activists who have will be rubbing elbows with the likes of Jared Bernstein, Vice President Biden's economic advisor; former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean; and Mitch Stewart, who directs Organizing for America, Obama's political arm at the DNC.

Robert Borsage and Roger Hickey of Campaign for America's Future, who are organizing the conference, speak effusively about the president's policy goals, but acknowledge the liberal constituency will not always be supportive of Obama's decisions.

"We know there will be times when we disagree with the president," said Hickey, who added that the goal is to make sure when a conflict arises it can be worked out in a civil manner.

Some liberals are already frustrated by the president's support of preventive detention and his approach to banking reform.

While Borsage said he thinks that Obama is "prepared to do some heavy lifting" to help move his agenda through Congress, he added that it "remains to be seen what he will spend political capital on."

That is where the progressive movement comes in. "For progressives, now is the time to mobilize and drive these issues through," said Hickey, who added that liberals will focus their efforts on convincing Congress to embrace the president's agenda.

On Wednesday, Campaign for America's Future, in conjunction with Media Matters for America, will release a report in which they argue that the U.S. is not a center-right nation as has been portrayed in the media, but rather a centrist or center-left nation. That point of discussion will lead up to the conference, which begins on June 1.

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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Independant

    Great...another liberal activist judge. Only thing we are guaranteed are more abortions, more quotas for lazy people, more tarnishing our country with bogus political correctness that will make the US more of a laughing stock than it became with the latest election. Our founding fathers are turning in their graves....

    May 26, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  2. YJCal

    Sniffit, I hope you are not serious, right?
    (hopefully CNN will publish this...? right......? if they posted Sniffit's, i hope CNN posts mine..)

    exactly how not supporting her make you a racist?
    I really hope you are kidding because I really hope you are not some incompetent fool...

    Supporting her has nothing to do with race or even gender. it's her qualifications and her experience.
    get it right.

    May 26, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  3. Jon Krieger

    "Liberal activists descending on dc"?why?Is there no more room in hollywood?

    May 27, 2009 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
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