After a brief experiment in dissent, a West Side liberal finds no appetite for an anti-Obama insurgency

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Over the weekend, an unhappy progressive from the Upper West Side mailed 1,800 fliers to state Democratic Party-affiliated people in his area of Manhattan, asking them to join him in recruiting a liberal candidate to challenge President Obama from the left.

So far, he's gotten three responses. Worse, two of those responses were prank emails, and the other one was from, um, me.

The man behind the mailer, former state Democratic committee member Bob Ginsberg, an attorney, told me in a phone interview last night that the low level of the reaction to his mailing is "what surprised me," and said that "among the rank and file, the crusade is over."

He said that notwithstanding general grumbling from the left about the president, the lack of response to his mailing tells him there's no appetite for an actual primary challenge.

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"I don't think I'll get many people interested," he said, adding, "If there's that little interest, I'm not going to do anything." 

Ginsberg said many of the rank-and-file party members in New York are progressive, but not actually reformers.

"They brought back the establishment philosophy," he said.