Longtime Democratic dissident makes a mailer attacking Obama for ‘wimpiness’

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Democrats should find a more liberal alternative to President Barack Obama, says a mailer sent to 1,800 New York State Democratic Party officials by a former Democratic district leader state committee member from Manhattan, Bob Ginsberg.

The mailer was scanned and forwarded to me and other political bloggers by a reader.

"In 1968, we Progressive Democrats were able to end the Viet Nam war quicker by running Eugene McCarthy against President Lyndon Johnson," says the mailer sent by Ginsberg, a trial lawyer who worked on Eugene McCarthy's presidential campaign in 1968 and who in recent years has supported the presidential candidacies of Ralph Nader and Dennis Kucinich.

Ginsberg didn't return a message left on his cell phone.

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Ginsberg equates Obama with Jimmy Carter, who, he notes, was challenged from the left by Ted Kennedy.

"If only Kennedy had won, the country would have been spared 8 years of Ronald Reagan," Ginsberg wrote. He notes that Carter was supported by Mario Cuomo "and his son Andrew -- for which I have never forgiven either."

Ginsberg doesn't go as far as to suggest a specific challenger for Obama, but he writes, "It is our obligation -- to set up an organization and to find a good candidate to run!"