WASHINGTON -- The "No Labels" movement descended upon Washington on Monday complete with about 45 protesters, who staged a 20-minute protest on the Capitol's west lawn under a blazing afternoon sun.
The goal of the protest was to encourage lawmakers to strike a deal to raise the debt ceiling, according to attendees. Any deal would be fine, they said, but few would elaborate beyond that.
The group was founded in December with the goal of serving as a counter-balance to what its members see as hyper-partisanship in American politics. But the low-profile event Monday bore little resemblance to the group's launch event last winter in New York City, a splashy event featuring Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), New York Times columnist David Brooks and MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski.
In the past six months, the group has been criticized in outlets ranging from the left-leaning Slate to right-leaning George F. Will's column in The Washington Post. In both instances, the writers questioned the group's vague, generic goals, as well as the apparent hypocrisy of organizing a political movement aimed at rejecting political movements.