In the last year, grassroots contributors like us gave more than $300 million to the Kerry campaign and the DNC, and proved that the Party doesn't need corporate cash to be competitive.2 Now it's our Party: we bought it, we own it, and we're going to take it back.
Next, an excerpt from today's John Bresnahan article, "Dems find Bush, GOP hold cards on Iraq" appearing in this AM's Politico.com
“Reid is in a terrible position,” noted a Senate Democratic leadership aide. “He has to strike a balance between moderates and liberals and the [Democratic] presidentials in our caucus, and then he has to cut a deal with [Minority Leader Mitch] McConnell, and then he has to sell it to Pelosi and the House guys, and then he has to sell it to MoveOn. There is no way he can make everyone happy, just no way.”
Last piece of evidence... an excerpt from the Sept 15th, 2007 NY Times article, "Behind an Antiwar Ad, a Powerful Liberal Group".
MoveOn, which has raised tens of millions of dollars for Democratic candidates since its inception in 1998, clearly enjoys friendly relations with Democratic Party officials. Its leaders have met several times over the year with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, to discuss policy and strategy on ending the Iraq war.
MoveOn representatives also take part, as co-founders of a coalition of antiwar groups together under the umbrella Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, in a daily conference call with the Democratic leadership staff on Capitol Hill to coordinate efforts.
This privileged access to liberal Congressional leaders places MoveOn's powerful mouthpieces - most specifically Eli Pariser, PAC Exec Director - on a par even greater than the much maligned NRA. Unlike the NRA, however, the Dems don't portray MoveOn as the devil personified because it suits their own particular flavor of special interests.
Yet if one were to examine the goals of each PAC, one is far more strict Constitutionalist than the other. The NRA battles for the 2nd Amendment and the rights of individuals to bear arms. By contrast, MoveOn's prime focus is to wrest the Constitutional control of the US military away from the Commander in Chief, and place it in the hands of Congress.
So much for the Pelosi promise of a new era of honesty, ethics and transparency. The DC beltway of corrupt pols (all parties) continues business as usual.... as easily seduced subjects of wealthy SIGs, and open to blackmail.
Now, as the marionette to a PAC dedicated to mutilating the Constitutional right of a CIC, I think it's fair to say the American people were misled and lied to by the Democrats' campaign promises merely to grab the Congressional reins of power, and alter the structure of the Constitutional powers for the future.
Or, as the old joke punchline goes, we've now established the Dem Party as just another political whore, paid for and owned by the MoveOn special interest group. As their dangerous power grab for control over the US military has not been realized, and with a 2008 presidential campaign looming, they will continue to haggle over the going price for their proffered services to MoveOn for some time to come