by Locker Room contributor
So there’s just no doubt that No Labels is about getting it done. But what is it? That’s not so clear. Sure, No Labels activists believe we should cut the deficit and improve health care and become energy independent. But after listening to a few hours of speeches at the group’s rollout, it was not at all obvious that the attendees would ever agree among themselves on how to do those things.
No Labels was formed by a group of Democratic and Republican political consultants. On the Democratic side, there is Nancy Jacobson, a former finance director of the Democratic National Committee and veteran of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. On the Republican side, there is Mark McKinnon, who worked for former President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain before announcing, as the 2008 general election race got under way, that he would no longer work for McCain because, as he said at the time, “I just don’t want to work against an Obama presidency.”
Of course there were people there who have voted for Republicans for president. But at times the No Labels rollout just felt like a Democratic campaign event. For example, before lunch the group’s college-age volunteers, all wearing orange No Labels T-shirts, filled the stage to sing Akon’s anthem. I wish they didn’t have no labels, they chanted, swaying with the music. There’d be more change with no labels. The music was interrupted with brief clips from speeches by John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama.