US Politics: Rolling Stone Article and MoveOn.org



Randy Black sends this excerpt from the current issue of Rolling Stone :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….
 
MoveOn has already revolutionized Democratic politics, energizing the party faithful in ways Karl Rove would envy. It laid the groundwork for Dean's online insurgency in the primaries, taught Kerry to use the Internet as a campaign ATM that spews out millions in small contributions and transformed 70,000 online members into get-out-the-vote volunteers….
 
But many party insiders worry that an Internet insurgency working hand in hand with a former Vermont governor will only succeed in pushing the party so far to the left that it can't compete in the red states. "It's electoral suicide," says Dan Gerstein, a former strategist for Joe Lieberman's presidential campaign. MoveOn committed a series of costly blunders last fall: It failed to remove two entries that compared Bush to Hitler from its online ad contest, and its expensive television spots barely registered in the campaign. One conservative commentator, alluding to MoveOn's breathless promotion of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, branded the group the "MooreOn" wing of the party….

…So who is MoveOn? Consider this: Howard Dean finished first in the MoveOn primary. Number Two wasn't John Kerry or John Edwards -- it was Dennis Kucinich. Listing the issues that resonate most with their membership, Boyd and Blades cite the environment, the Iraq War, campaign-finance reform, media reform, voting reform and corporate reform. Somewhere after freedom, opportunity and responsibility comes "the overlay of security concerns that everybody shares." Terrorism as a specific concern is notably absent. As are jobs. As is health care. As is education. There's nothing inherently good or bad in any of this. It's just that MoveOn's values aren't middle-American values….

Like so many other Internet start-ups, MoveOn has raised -- and burned through -- tens of millions of dollars, innovating without producing many concrete results. Any reasonable analysis shows its stock may be dangerously overvalued. Those banking on MoveOn had better hope it is more Google than Pets.com. Because should the group flame out, the Democrats could be in for a fall of Nasdaq proportions.

Randy Black writes: Ronald Hilton thought that MoveOn.org had disappeared? Not a chance. They’re still asking for and raising money and spending it to defeat Republic initiatives. Their current front page calls for $500,000 to run ads opposing changes to Social Security. The irony of their position? When polled, 67 percent of those affected by the proposed changes (Pew Institute) approve of such changes. Yet, MoveOn would cause the initiative to fail without stating a valid reason for such an action.
 
Their additional causes appear to be aimed at censoring a group of television stations owned by an individual who runs conservative editorials that MoveOn has declared to be objectionable; holding anti-war rallies; to renaming liberals as progressives; and to defeating ANYONE that President Bush may attempt to appoint to the Supreme Court in the future.
 
One of the curious claims that MoveOn makes on their website (today) is their victory during the confirmation hearings for the new US Attorney General, Al Gonzales. MoveOn claims that because 35 progressive Senators voted against the nomination, MoveOn was victorious. Gonzales was confirmed 60-36. Go figure.
 
George Soros will never miss the $23+ million he gave to MoveOn, but it appears that few listened to him or them. RH: Money talks, but not everyone listens.


Ronald Hilton 2005

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