It’s no secret that I have a love hate relationship with MoveOn.org. Two days ago, the strong dislike intensified when an email from them entitled Should we take on right wing Democrats? landed in my inbox. A snippet from this email:
This year our top goal is breaking the right-wing Republican stranglehold on Congress. That is our main focus every day.
It is also part of our work together to hold Democrats to their Party’s highest values on issues like foreign policy, economic prosperity and good government.
The story about “the Democrat who sold out” has become too familiar. Too often progressives tip toe around these betrayals. But there needs to be real consequences for these Democrats.
Replacing a right-wing Democrat with a more progressive Democrat will help voters more clearly understand what Democrats stand for—and that will help Democrats win.
Yes, MoveOn.org has now taken it upon themselves to decide who is Democrat-y enough to represent certain districts. Not only have they decided to throw their weight around in individual districts (because the constituents of those districts are obviously not smart enough to choose the right Democrat), but they are purporting to define what is and isn’t proper Democratic principle.
I wrote previously about the huge chasm in the political spectrum. MoveOn.org’s position will only further widen the abyss as middle of the road Democrats are pushed either to the left or out all together. The Democrats that would have (or did) appeal to the other end of the spectrum would be gone. In my mind, the Democratic cause would be immeasurably harmed by these actions — and with that the rest of us “middle-of-the-road”-ers are punished as well.
Sadly, an email declaring that 84% of MoveOn.org members agreed that right-wing Democrats must be unseated found its way to my inbox today.