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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

John Deeth Blog: DFA's Role in Democratic Party Evolving

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog
An organization growing out of a defeated presidential campaign might have seemed likely for a quick fizzle. Yet in the three-plus years since Howard Dean's presidential campaign, Democracy For America -- originally Dean For America -- has flourished. ... Alta Price of the Quad Cities DFA organization told Iowa Independent she had never caucused before supporting Dean in 2004. ... Could a scenario develop where DFA could endorse, for example, a Green candidate over a Democrat in a partisan race? "DFA doesn't have to toe the line," said Price. "I don't think our first loyalty is to the Democratic Party – it's to progressives and progressive issues." ... "You can be Genghis Khan and still be a Democrat," said former gubernatorial candidate Ed Fallon. He sees a key difference between liberals – "who want an activist government and like to spend money" – and progressives: "A progressive puts people before profit, and has the interest of the general public as a greater priority than corporations." ... "The corporate element of the Democratic Party needs to be replaced by true progressives who aren't afraid," said Fallon, noting that DFA has a role to play in that change.

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