Friday, December 10, 2004

MoveOn to Dems: We Bought You, We Own You

I noticed this little story this morning depicting the mode of political thought MoveOn's working these days:

::::::::WASHINGTON - Liberal powerhouse MoveOn has a message for the "professional election losers" who run the Democratic Party: "We bought it, we own it, we're going to take it back."::::::::

Yep, that's right. MoveOn's claiming ownership of the party because they bought it. I'm sure that they're not happy with the DNC (and why would they be?) and they'd like to see some change. But to come out and openly say they expect it because they bought the party so they own the party?

:::::::: A scathing e-mail from the head of MoveOn's political action committee to the group's supporters on Thursday targets outgoing Democratic National Committee (news - web sites) chairman Terry McAuliffe as a tool of corporate donors who alienated both traditional and progressive Democrats.

"For years, the party has been led by elite Washington insiders who are closer to corporate lobbyists than they are to the Democratic base," said the e-mail from MoveOn PAC's Eli Pariser. "But we can't afford four more years of leadership by a consulting class of professional election losers."

Under McAuliffe's leadership, the message said, the party coddled the same corporate donors that fund Republicans to bring in money at the expense of vision and integrity.

"In the last year, grass-roots 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," the message continued. "Now it's our party: we bought it, we own it, and we're going to take it back."

Well, it's certainly not my fight, but I rather thought that a political party was a group of individual citizens unifed toward a set of common goals. Those people sure aren't for sale, so just what, exactly, was being bought? Good luck, fella's, and let us know how it turns out.