Rolling Stone points out the MoveOn.org’s far left agenda hurts the Democrats more than it helps:
They signed up 500,000 supporters with an Internet petition — but Bill Clinton still got impeached. They organized 6,000 candlelight vigils worldwide — but the U.S. still invaded Iraq. They raised $60 million from 500,000 donors to air countless ads and get out the vote in the battle-ground states — but George Bush still whupped John Kerry. A gambler with a string of bets this bad might call it a night. But MoveOn.org just keeps doubling down.
Actually, I think most conservatives appreciate MoveOn.org. It acts like a magnet for left-wing loonies, sucking them into a liberal blob of incoherent, angry rhetoric. Republicans appreciate them because it fractures the Democrats in half, leaving the centrist Democrats choosing between supporting the Republicans or joining hands with the loony ones.
Right now, MoveOn is spending $500,000 dollars opposing Bush’s Social Security reforms. Why? As far as I can tell, only because Bush proposed them. A better use of money would be to air ads that proposes changes to Social Security that MoveOn wants, but that would require them to come up with ideas instead of just opposition. So not only is Social Security broke, MoveOn wants it to stay broke. That’s the message I’m getting from MoveOn.
Now that Howard Dean has been named chair of the Democratic National Committee — an ascension that MoveOn helped to engineer — the Internet activist group is placing another high-stakes wager. It’s betting that its 3 million grass-roots revolutionaries can seize the reins of the party and establish the group as a lasting political force. “It’s our Party,” MoveOn’s twenty-four-year-old executive director, Eli Pariser, declared in an e-mail. “We bought it, we own it and we’re going to take it back.” The group’s new goal is sweeping in its ambition: To make 2006 a watershed year for liberal Democrats in Congress, in the same way that Newt Gingrich led a Republican revolution in 1994.
Heh. They might make blue states bluer, but they’re alienating red states, making them redder. And since population trends are giving red states more electoral votes, MoveOn is effectively gutting the Democratic party, ensuring they’ll stay the minority.
We’ll see what 2006 brings, but my instinct tells me that the Republican Senate will end up with more than the 55 votes they have now.