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Posted at 3:40 PM ET, 12/13/2010

No Labels = No Content

By Jennifer Rubin

The Post reports today from New York:

A mishmash coalition of Democrats, Republicans and independents came together here Monday to launch a political organization that the members hope will change behavior in what they decried as an increasingly hyperpartisan system.

No Labels will form a political action committee to participate in competitive primary campaigns to help defend moderate candidates against attacks from the far-right or far-left bases of their respective parties, said political columnist John Avlon, another founding member. . .

The group will not advocate specific policy positions, the founders said but will aim to foster a more civil discourse in Washington and help lawmakers arrive at compromises on the major issues facing the country, such as lowering the federal debt.

The group is comprised of a lot of midterm losers (oops, mustn't label) and retirees. And while they decry name-calling, Avalon immediately denounced partisan loyalty as "cowardly." (Do these non-labelers put a dollar in the jar every time they use a label?)

It turns out it's hard to operate without labels. "We're going to call ourselves the radical center, the people who care about results, not rhetoric," said former congressman Tom Davis. "Radical" and "center," Mr. Davis? For shame.

The group says it has raised $1 million already. That suggests that people will spend their money on anything, or rather nothing. Really, why is disbanding "labeling" a virtue? It's a con job, really to demean those who have strongly held beliefs for which they rigorously advocate. That is, after all, what small "d" democracy is all about. So as for me, I'll stick to candor, truth in advertising and robust debate.

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 13, 2010; 3:40 PM ET
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No labels is double plus ungood.

Posted by: loop9004 | December 13, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I really like this idea. It will probably be filled with people who are staunchly pro-Israel, pro-business & conservatives who are socially liberal. It will probably support the repeal of Don't ask. Its hopefully a road to the South Park Republicanism that much of the younger conservative 7 independent movement would kill for.

Posted by: Natstural | December 13, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

This is a mere stunt from Frum, therefore I label him, Frunt.

Posted by: megapotamus | December 13, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

WOW does this movement scare you so much Jennifer?

maybe you can go have a good cry with John house weeper Bohner.

Posted by: PennyWisetheClown | December 13, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

And on a different topic Jennifer i have read a few of your articles and just have to say you have some anger issues and maybe you should seek some help.

Posted by: PennyWisetheClown | December 13, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

No Labels lost me when I saw "Park51 mosque" Daisy Khan was part of it.

Both parties are increasingly extreme. No Labels is not the answer. Not that I know what is the answer except to disenfranchise the leftists who hijacked the Democratic Party and the social conservatives who still think their agenda requires a federal solution.

Posted by: K2K2 | December 13, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Limbaugh bashed the idea as well this morning. I am sure we will hear Colter, Beck, Olberman and Ingram slam it as well. All the people who rely on hyperpartianship to continue to rack in their 8 figure salaries will come out against it.

Posted by: voltz71 | December 13, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Labels are inherent in all human communication. We cannot think and follow a logical argument without naming people and everything else encountered in human existence. David From and his friends are humiliating themselves. They are calling for something that is intrinsically impossible. At best, our labeling can be precise as possible.

Posted by: DavidThomson | December 13, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Groups like this are invariably front groups for lefties. Remember the "coffee party"? It peddled exactly the same line, but it was a front group for Soros. The confirmation will be when you hear it being talked up on MSNBC.

Posted by: Larry3435 | December 13, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

"So as for me, I'll stick to candor, truth in advertising and robust debate."

. . . except where it has anything to with foreign policy, specifically Iran, Iraq, Gitmo, Israel, Russia etc.

Posted by: 54465446 | December 13, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

In other news, Michael Steele is running again, because there's always one person who didn't get the message the party is over, and has to be told to go home!

Posted by: 54465446 | December 13, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like a club for liberal loons. They have been running away from the label of "liberal" for years. 20% of the electorate like the liberal label. Now, the no label crowd hopes that no label will sell better. Cheap gimmick; doomed to fail.

Posted by: TheStatistQuo | December 13, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

The "no labels" people sound like the liberals - who just pulled the BAIT AND SWITCH on their promises to be "bipartisan and compromise"

The country has already seen them go back on that pledge

Sounds like the liberals are up to another trojan horse - lie like hell to get themselves elected, and then claim the voters just gave them a "mandate" for a far-left agenda.

sounds like a bunch of liberals who just realized they ruined their own label with high spending

and with hypocrisy and deceptions.


Posted by: RainForestRising | December 14, 2010 1:00 AM | Report abuse


It's time to re-think this Compromise package as unnecessary borrowing - seriously folks



"Moody's warned Monday that it could move a step closer to cutting the U.S. Aaa rating if President Obama's tax and unemployment benefit package becomes law.

Moody's estimates the tax bill could cost up to $900 billion.

The plan agreed to by President Obama and Republican leaders last week could push up debt levels, increasing the likelihood of a negative outlook on the United States rating in the coming two years, the ratings agency said.

A negative outlook, if adopted, would make a rating cut more likely over the following 12-to-18 months.

For the United States, a loss of the top Aaa rating, reduce the appeal of U.S. Treasuries, which currently rank as among the world's safest investments."

- from CNBC

This is serious stuff folks.

Posted by: RainForestRising | December 14, 2010 1:01 AM | Report abuse

This is a great organization for liberal "moderates", liberal "conservatives" (aka RINOs), and that group of people who just don't know what to make of it all.

Label them "people who have no firm convictions about anything and think that is the way it ought to be".

But, since they shun labeling we can only label them...........BLANK.

Posted by: battleground51 | December 14, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

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