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Unity08 Meeting 4/16/07

A new staffer at Unity08 has asked people to come to a meeting in Washington, D.C. on April 16, 2007 to talk about Unity08. Just passing it on if you are close and interested — make a request by following that link and, yes, signing up on Unity08.

This is a meeting for the “most enthusiastic and committed Web site users,” which does not include me, since I am neither enthusiastic nor committed to Unity08. I have two young kids I can’t leave behind in Columbus, but even if I could leave them behind I wouldn’t in this case. I’m not going to crash the gates of Unity08 in an uninvited manner, especially because I’ve come to the conclusion that without a) a favorable ruling from a judge allowing Unity08 to collect unlimited-size donations and contributions or b) the co-optation of Unity08 infrastructure by a billionaire like Michael Bloomberg, Unity08 is clearly going nowhere. I will continue to watch the organization as it either follows Route A or Route B (in which case Unity08 will deserve any populist’s ire) or dies a slow death (in which case I will be mightily relieved).

5 thoughts on “Unity08 Meeting 4/16/07”

  1. D says:

    I was once enthusiastic and committed. Is there a Route C for anyone to travel?

  2. Jim says:

    Yes, there is, at least in my mind. I think I’m going to start writing about that in a few days.

  3. Ralph says:

    It would be a real shame if Unity ’08 died quietly and was forgotten.

    I think Unity ’08’s demise is a classic textbook lesson for would-be activists about what you can do to research a grassroots organization before you put your support behind it.

    It’s a heartwarming story of a real grassroots activist outmaneuvering fake ones. This time around, honesty and openness actually conferred a significant tactical advantage that a single stay-at-home dad used to outmaneuver an “army of lawyers.”

    I hope a book comes out about it some day.

  4. D. says:

    Me too! Sign me up for a copy as well. By the way, what do you think the title of the book would be?

  5. Iroquois Honky says:

    Mmmmmmmmm….signed by author.

    In all seriousness, there are several levels to the story. There is the third party aspect, the wannabee consultant aspect–you might think of U08 as Peak Media’s resume–, and then there are the roots themselves. I wonder who they are and what compels them to actually go to DC to meet with U08–and whether this will be a “Bambi meets Godzilla” story. Jim is certainly uniquely qualified to tell some of these stories. But would this be an impartial academic text “statistical ruminations on third party politics in the twenty-first century”, or the irregular answer to “rules for radicals” that Ralph is looking for, or a sexy NYT bestseller like “all the president’s men”? Hmmm, I hope Jim is keeping a little journal or something.

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