A simple, early test of a political organization is whether it’s able to follow through with its promises. The New Progressive Alliance, which as its name implies, is a new progressive alliance, made a simple promise earlier this spring. It promised to create a web site through which it would represent the efforts of its members to achieve a goal: Support for a liberal to challenge Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012.
That promise has been kept. The New Progressive Alliance web site is now online at NewProgs.org. It’s not a huge achievement, but it takes the group a step beyond the level of disgruntled citizens who meet to complain that someone ought to do something.
The New Progressive Alliance doesn’t have tremendous organizational might. Still, the group is taking action. It’s working on media outreach, identifying potential candidates, contacting those candidates, forming specific plans for involvement in the 2012 election, and asking for other voters to join in the execution of those plans.
Can the new Progressive Alliance move its organization forward quickly enough to participate as a significant electoral force by the time of the primaries in Iowa? Let’s keep an eye out to track their progress.