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  •  I think both you and flipperwaves are right (7+ / 0-)

    Let's keep in mind the situation going in. Bivens was completely unopposed. No challenger, none, zero, zip, nada. The old guard is comfortable this will go like all re-org meetings in the past: their decision on chairman will be endorsed. They have no reason to think anything's up.

    But, early in the meet, in the morn, the Progressive Caucus caucused, came up the the insurgent effort, Eckerstrom bought in and they all put together a campaign and executed it the very same day. They literally had people running to Kinko's to run off copies of 'vote Paul' stuff in between the caucus and the nominations. And then they pull off the win. Fucking killer. I love it.

    Not unique, as you say liberaldemdave, in that it's a ground-up insurgent effort.

    Totally unique as flipperwaves says in that it was almost spontaneous, a serious effort, and immediately toppled the Old Guard. On the first ballot.

    I think part of the uniqueness here is also the fact that progressives caught the old guard completely flat-footed. Blindsided them big time. They secured the victory before the old guard could react. I was very impressed. Still am.

    •  both tactics have been tried... (2+ / 0-)
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      boadicea, Very Plaid

      ...here in texas.

      there was a real "movement" to replace the TDP chair several years ago that failed. it failed because there wasn't a SINGLE "face" for progressives. there were at least 3 GOOD choices that siphoned votes from one another (the vote went to 2 or 3 ballots, if i recall correctly).

      what happened subsequently, is that the current "party structure" has used the committe chairman/chairwoman positions to "enforce" the status quo. i know of more than one county chair that has been castigated by their chair person for speaking critically. those county chairs are then more likely to squelch any dissent at the county level.

      at the last state convention there was a "stealth campaign" and it failed because the "status quo" was already braced for dissent.

      VERY frustrating.

      "A time comes when silence is betrayal." ~ MLK, Jr.

      by liberaldemdave on Mon Jan 26, 2009 at 02:07:01 PM PST

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