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Fretful progressives meet, will march on the Treasury Department

In the Bush years, the progressive Campaign for America's Future held annual, CPAC-style conferences of like-minded activists and politicians, called "Take Back America." When Barack Obama assumed the presidency, the gathering's title changed to "America's Future Now."

The second AFN conference of the Obama era is underway, and The Post's Phil Rucker is on the scene. How has the attitude changed from last year, when progressives met for panels such as "Community Organizing, ACORN, and the Building of a Progressive Agenda" and "Green Jobs Now: A Movement That's Finally for the People and the Planet"? Here's a sample of the more dour panels from this year's event:

Working Class Anger: Does It Go Right or Left?

Tea Parties, Beck, Bachmann and Blarney

Fixing Citizens United and Changing the Supreme Court

The Big Fix: Progressive Path to Growth Out of Deficits

The Congressional Fix: Can Congress Work in Polarized Age?

Where RIghts Went Wrong: What Happened to the Rights Revolution?

Last year, the event ended with a brunch. This year it ends with a "March On The Treasury: We Want Our Money Back." That speaks volumes about which of our two political movements had a happier 2009.

Below the fold is a forum from last year's conference: "Kick Them When They're Down: How the Right Plans to Come Back and What can be Done About It." See what the experts got right.

Kick Them When They Are Down? At America's Future Now! from AmericasFuture on Vimeo.

By David Weigel  |  June 7, 2010; 4:42 PM ET
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