takes off was launched today, with speeches by politicos and pundits ranging from the near left to the near right. A column by Matt de Long in the Washington Post offers a splash of cold water:

No Labels is the latest in a lengthy list of groups preaching moderation and reason as a cure to crippling partisanship. Some have had, well, moderate success, but others have crashed and burned.

The Coffee Party was not included in de Long’s (short) list of “groups preaching moderation and reason,” perhaps because it’s too soon to determine its success (or perhaps de Long has never heard of us).

No Labels starts with a bank account of $1 million, and shows obvious signs of having some professional help. They plan to have an office in every one of the 435 congressional districts.

Several of the kickoff speakers talked of the need to forge alliances with other groups. An obvious candidate is the Coffee Party. Has anyone heard of any reaching out between Coffee Party and No Labels?

About Hamilton Richards

I retired in 2006 as a Senior Lecturer in Computer Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. These days I volunteer technical support for Citizens' Climate Lobby (Austin chapter), Common Ground for Texans, (, Integrity Texas (, and several friends.
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  1. Linda says:

    Hi from Washington State. It is no surprise we would be left off the list. We are not close enough to the establishment. That is my take.
    Keep up the good work and get the word out.

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