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Ever since 1% were given a few hours to decide a primary endorsement, Move On has lost any credibility with me – and lost ME.

Politico reports that a similar “vote” on the new direction was taken:

What they chose: universal health care; economic recovery and job creation; building a green economy/stopping climate change; and end the war in Iraq.

More interesting is what they didn’t:

What they didn’t: holding the Bush administration accountable; fighting for gay rights and LGBT equality; and reforming campaigns and elections.

Note that while gay rights were mentioned, women’s were not even an option.

Also, was this a typo? Holding who accountable? Bush? You mean like W used to blame Clinton for everything that went wrong years into his administration? Did anyone even consider holding Obama accountable?

I also think Pariser is deluding himself when he thinks what they picked constitutes

a happy alignment with Barack Obama’s agenda

I’ll believe the end of the war in Iraq when I’ll see it. back in July Pariser

wasn’t fully aware of Obama’s call for a residual force in Iraq and was trying to get a sense from MoveOn members on their views about Afghanistan .

You think he found out since?

And where are the members on Afghanistan? I didn’t see it on the list of issues to be voted on any more than women’s rights.

But their new mission

“make sure Congress is squeezed between a progressive president and a progressive constituency.”

Oh, and if this doesn’t sound delusional and cynical enough, wait till you hear from the blogo-propaganda:

In addition, argues Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, founder of the liberal blog Daily Kos, MoveOn can actually help the administration by remaining visible and vocal rather than pulling its punches. He notes that the right won’t stop agitating for its agenda, so the left must continue to make demands in order to keep the momentum. “I don’t think that it’s necessarily a bad thing for the administration,” he says. “A lot of times they can offer them political cover to do the right thing.”

Ummm – why is doing the right thing needs political cover anyway?

And how will they be different from the so called mainstream media?

And funny they remembered:

This kind of work won’t necessarily generate the kind of buzz – good or bad – that the group’s “General Betray Us” ad garnered.

Wasn’t that the buzz Obama expressly threw under the bus in his speech on patriotism?

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Monday, in a major speech on patriotism, criticized for referring to Gen. David Petraeus as General Betray Us last year

Looks to me like the love is unrequited.

Michael Goodwin has a column in Daily News after my own heart:

Say Good Night Caroline: How JKF’s daughter Flubbed the Audition to become the next Senator Kennedy

And he’d be absolutely right had the part not be cast without an audition. On box office estimates alone (extremely appropriate metaphor, BTW)

But a strange thing is happening on the way to the coronation. The wheels of the bandwagon are coming off. Fantasy is giving way to inescapable truth.

Her quest is becoming a cringe-inducing experience, as painful to watch as it must be to endure.

Everyone sees it.

But the minute she faced the routine questions that help define a candidate for virtually any office, she had nothing to say. There was no “there” there.

Will Ted’s political machine face the obvious ? Apparently not.

Sensing she’s not ready for prime time, her handlers, most of whom have connections to Mayor Bloomberg, suddenly insisted media questions be submitted in writing. The answers they provided, under their names, were vapid. And she will not, as is the campaign custom, release financial documents that reveal her wealth and holdings. We’re expected to trust she has no conflicts of interest.

And another tidbit I have not considered:

The point is that this self-described advocate for the public schools did not send her children to them.

It’s true, W broke the competence & experience barrier. He made Barack I-run-this-campaign Obama possible. But Caroline will take the absurdity to new levels.

More commentary with a telling video at the Confluence

Not Your Sweetie

December 2008