With a star-studded list of Democratic party members scheduled to attend the May 16 event, the Center for American Progress is putting the final touches on a liberal-slanted, CPAC-style event.
Known as the Idea Conference, CAP will be hosting the event at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington D.C. where discussion to advance the economy, climate change, civil rights, and other issues will take place.
“So much of our time right now is engaged, and rightfully so, in fighting Trump. On any given day, he issues one affront to progressive values after another,” said Neera Tanden, the president of CAP, and former Hillary Clinton adviser. “It’s obviously critical that we provide a positive alternative of how we’re going to address the country’s challenges.”
Already confirmed to attend are notable Democratic Party representatives, such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Chris Murphy and Kirsten Gillibrand. Montana’s Governor Steve Bullock and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti have also RSVP’d.
Much like the current format of CPAC, organized panels and speakers will comprise most of the day, with representatives from various progressive organizations likely to take center stage.
The Idea Conference will also provide an outlet for various factions of the Democratic Party to organically realize which of its many organizations is best-suited to steer liberal America.
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“There’s a level of energy out there that I haven’t seen, and it’s not our role to pick winners and losers,” Tanden said. “I think there will be a process. Some people will be really successful. Some won’t. It’s great to have that trial and error out there.”
The Democratic National Committee (DNC), CAP, PAC Priorities, as well as the Barack Obama and Eric Holder supported National Democratic Redistricting Committee will be among the groups vying for the attention of the crowd.
While some may look at the event as a waste of funds and not strategically viable enough to counteract what awaits in the 2018 elections, some see it as a way to brainstorm the Party’s proper mindset.
“There is a lot of grassroots energy out there right now and that’s a good thing and it should be encouraged. The party can play a role, however, in bringing such groups together to help develop a strategy and a message moving forward that is smart and inclusive,” said Democratic media strategist David Eichenbaum. “Shared goals are the ones most likely to be achieved.”
The new chairman of the DNC, Tom Perez had a very similar message.
Said Perez, “Over the next few weeks and months, I will be working with the new DNC leadership to make sure the DNC is the focal point in bringing progressives together and translating this momentum into a movement, and earning votes for Democrats up and down the ballot.”
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