It’s time once again for The Future American’s FAIL OF THE WEEK! Every Saturday, I name a person or group who has spent the past seven days behaving in a particularly idiotic way. Since it’s my belief that idiocy knows no politics, nobody is safe.
This week’s fail was brought to you by . . . oh God, it kills me to have to say this . . . No Labels. Yes, after years of being one of their most passionate proponents and defenders, I’ve started to have enough. Since achieving a few successes in terms of their proposed changes to political procedure – the bipartisan seating trend at the State of the Union (SOTU) address, No Budget, No Pay – they really haven’t been doing much of anything. Or if they have, you won’t know it from their online activity.
- Exhortations for followers to send an online postcard to legislators, demanding that they #FixNotFight.
- Giving credit to politicians and No Labels brass who are “Problem Solvers,” or at least quoting them.
- Political trivia (with no prizes).
Their Facebook page is worse, especially when it comes to category #1. Their website is a bit better, with descriptions of their other procedural ideas, although those haven’t made headlines to the extent that No Budget, No Pay did. It has a section for legislation, although they don’t discuss the bills; they simply list their sponsors, always at least one Democrat and one Republican, which isn’t new. All told, No Labels has been doing the shtick for which various commentators have criticized them (at times wrongfully) from the beginning: the shtick of nothing at all.
This is what I wrote the last time I mentioned No Labels here:
Should No Labels achieve its procedural goals, it could eventually move on to identifying and funding candidates who suit their message, and perhaps even putting together a real policy shop, drafting and lobbying for the most mutually beneficial solutions for various legislative issues.
They’ve identified office-holders, and they’ve achieved a couple of procedural goals. But where are the signs that they’re expanding their infrastructure? Where is the indication that they’re becoming a truly influential nationwide movement? In Washington, No Labels is becoming this girl.
Washington’s problems are much more complicated than “fixing, not fighting.” No Labels is sticking to the most simplistic of one-liners in response. That’s not how anyone in that city gets things done; being opposed to catchphrase politics among wingers, they should be aware of that.