Private Leftists Groups : "there's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make change on some very long-held progressive goals"
Meanwhile Rush and Steele are fighting over who is allowed to use the word republican in front of their name.
Code Pink first made headlines by disrupting congressional hearings with anti-war rhetoric. Today, it's helping disrupt health care meetings -- even though it's in favor of reform.
What's up with that?
Call it a classic case of Washington mission creep -- and Code Pink is hardly the only group facing it.
A host of progressive advocacy groups that spent years warring with Republicans are now finding new causes to justify their existence and stay relevant in the Democratic-controlled city.
MoveOn.org is returning to its roots as an issue advocacy group.
And the Center for Community Change, a granddaddy in the progressive movement, is shifting its organizing strategy to concentrate on Washington instead of the local communities that have been its usual domain for pushing immigration, health care reform and other social justice issues.
"My group and other groups have made a radical switch in our approach because we think there's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make change on some very long-held progressive goals," said the center's executive director, Deepak Bhargava.
Still, he concedes: "It is a very difficult challenge because most of us have built up a culture that is deeply adversarial and oppositional."
Are you kidding me?