AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 3/03/2005 12:25:00 AM ----- BODY: Funniest Thing You'll Read All Day - Rolling Stone has a story on MoveOn.org. One of the lines made me laugh out loud, because I'm evil:
Wes Boyd - the software entrepreneur who used his fortune from creating the Flying Toaster screen saver to co-found MoveOn - blithely acknowledges the need to produce some electoral wins "in the classical sense." But he sees the rise of MoveOn's progressive populism as a moral victory in and of itself.
"In the classical sense." How priceless is that? In other words, actual...you know...wins. Where one candidate beats another candidate. It's a remarkably catty article. The lead sets the tone quite nicely:
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.
In other words, these guys have made more political miscalculations than Bob Shrum. In the next few years, Hillary is going to denounce MoveOn and Michael Moore in her campaign to fool everyone into thinking she's a conservative. Shortly after that, the group will fade from the political scene. Until then, though, these guys are going to be a money-wasting albatross around the neck of the Democrats. Not that there's anything wrong with that... --------