In a shot across the bow of Dems, the labor powerhouse SEIU is starting a new third party in North Carolina that hopes to field its own slate of candidates, part of an effort to make the Democratic Party more reliable on issues important to labor, I’m told. That is from Greg Sargent's Blog
Renegade Eye Adds: The SEIU leadership naming their party the North Carolina First Party, is a signal, that they are not bidding for national dominance over the Democratic Party. At the same time, it reflects that there must be rank and file service workers, unhappy about the Democratic Party. This party is trying to get on the ballot, to run against House Democrats, who voted against healthcare reform.
In this period, that I'll call the school of Obama, we will see progressive movements taking on a different character than under Bush. They might be initially smaller, but of higher quality. Being against Bush was safe for liberals/left. Having to focus on Obama and Democrats as their opposition, raises the level struggle. The fake left will critique Obama and Democrats, and still vote for them. The positive alternative is to campaign for a labor party, based on the unions. With labor's resources, it can be a first party.