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Hoping to steal the spotlight away from the Tea Parties and Glenn Beck, some 300 liberal groups are descending on Washington this Saturday for a rally. The event, dubbed "One Nation Working Together," aims to faithfully represent America's "embattled middle class."

"The Tea Party has been getting much more media attention than it deserves, and it's been saying it represents the voice of middle-class America." said George Gresham an SEIU president speaking to The New York Times. "A lot of us feel we have to get a different voice out there speaking for working people, one respecting the diversity of this country, which the Tea Party does not."

Conservative pundits, emboldened by a strong turnout at Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally, are taking an acute interest in the event.

  • On Comparing Beck's Rally to this Rally¬† Byron York at The Washington Examiner breaks it down:

Attendance at the march will likely be viewed as a test of liberal organizing strength at a time when polls show Democratic base voters are far less enthusiastic about the upcoming election than their Republican counterparts. In particular, it seems likely the press will compare turnout to that of the "Restoring Honor" rally staged by Fox News personality Glenn Beck at the Lincoln Memorial August 28. (The One Nation march was already in the planning stages when the Beck march was held.) The comparisons will, however, have to take into account two significant differences. First, the Beck rally was essentially the work of one person, albeit one with a big megaphone in talk radio and cable news; the One Nation rally will be the product of the combined organizing power of the country's largest unions. And second, while the Beck rally was self-consciously non-political, the One Nation gathering will be frankly partisan. "It's time to stand up and march for the change we voted for," say organizers.
  • How Does This Represent the Middle Class? wonders Daniel Foster at National Review. The Times article mentions that the rally will consist of the NAACP, the AFL-CIO, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, National Council of La Raza and other liberal groups. "More telling still," Foster writes, "Is the ranks of those left out" of the New York Times article. Other liberal groups attending the rally include: Communist Party USA, International Socialist Organization, Planned Parenthood, Democratic Socialists of America and Code Pink. "A veritable tapestry of America's embattled middle class," Foster jokes.
  • Probably Will Be Union Dominated, writes Warner Todd Huston at Stop the ACLU: "It will be very interesting to see the numbers that turn out. Likely you'll see thousands of professionally printed signs instead of handmade ones (indicative of a lack of grassrootiness) and you'll be presented with a sea of purple shirts, red shirts and T-Shirts sporting other union colors showing that unions are the only real source of participants here."
  • They're Left-Wing Copy Cats, writes Stephan Tawney at The American Pundit: "Yep. These leftist groups are angry that independents, conservatives, libertarians, and even some Democrats have found common ground on a renewed platform of smaller government, fiscal responsibility, and personal liberty. That common ground has manifested itself in the form of many new Republican candidates on the path to victory in 2010."

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