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democracy1st Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 12:56 AM
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Ari Berman: Why Progressives Worry About Jim Messina, New Campaign Manager for 2012 Obama Campaign
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Republicans and Democrats are already gearing up for the 2012 election, projected to be the most expensive in history. Obama is expected to formally kick off his re-election bid on April 14, and his campaign could raise as much as $1 billion. In a move criticized by progressives, Obama has appointed former White House deputy chief of staff, Jim Messina, as his campaign manager. Obama's move has drawn scrutiny over Messiana's ties to corporate America, his push to drop the public option from healthcare reform, and his lack of support for gay rights.

Democracy Now! interviews journalist and author Ari Berman about his new profile of Messina in The Nation magazine. "Messina has a 'take no prisoners style,' but what he is doing is often taking Democrats and grassroots prisoner," Berman says.

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Meet Jim Messina, Obama's 'Enforcer' Against Progressives
He's been called "the most powerful person in Washington that you haven't heard of."

In March 2009 the Campaign for Americas Future, a top progressive group in Washington, launched a campaign called Dog The (Blue) Dogs to pressure conservative Blue Dog Democrats to support President Obamas budget. When he heard about the effort, White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina, who was regarded as the Obama administrations designated fixer, called CAFs leaders into the White House for a dressing down, according to a CAF official. If the group wanted to join the Common Purpose Project, an exclusive weekly strategy meeting between progressive groups and administration officials, CAF had to drop the campaign. We know how to handle the Blue Dogs better than you do, Messina said. Not wanting to sour its relationship with the White House at this early date, CAF complied, and the campaign quickly disappeared from its website. Despite Messinas assurance, however, the Blue Dogs would remain a major obstacle to the realization of the presidents legislative agenda.

http://www.alternet.org/news/150467/meet_jim_messina%2C... /

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Charleston Chew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 01:01 AM
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1. Dylan Ratigan, Sam Seder, Ari Berman
Dylan Ratigan, Sam Seder, Ari Berman discuss PFC Bradley Manning 12/20/10

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bbgrunt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 01:19 AM
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2. true colors......
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iwishiwas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:23 AM
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3. This is a MUST see and LISTEN video. Pass it on.
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iwishiwas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:25 AM
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4. Saying Messina only had a one-way relation with Progressive groups
--HE talked -telling groups what to do with no feedback from the groups.
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:31 PM
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5. Yea!11! Four more years of centrist, corporate, shit on the little guy policies!
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-11 09:56 AM
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6. K&R
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democracy1st Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-10-11 04:25 AM
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7. all this crap from this admin has been adding up for me for quite some time now,
hopefully more people are starting to wake up.
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