Have at it, kids. MoveOn.org, that “new” technology relic of the Clinton era (no, really) seeks powerful, Native American woman to defeat corporatist, hedge-fund-laced relic of the Clinton era.
WASHINGTON — Some Democrats are “Ready for Hillary.” MoveOn.org is ready for Elizabeth Warren.
The liberal group is poised to spend $1 million on a campaign to draft Senator Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat, into the 2016 presidential race, an indication of an appetite among some activists for a more progressive alternative to Hillary Rodham Clinton.
MoveOn.org’s executive director, Ilya Sheyman, said the group planned to open offices and hire staff in Iowa and New Hampshire, the states that kick off the presidential nominating process, and ultimately to air television ads in those states. The group will begin its push with a website, “Run Warren Run,” allowing supporters to sign a petition urging Ms. Warren to pursue a White House bid and featuring a video about her.
“We want to demonstrate to Senator Warren that there’s a groundswell of grass-roots energy nationally and in key states and to demonstrate there’s a path for her,” Mr. Sheyman said. He added that the effort was not being made in coordination with Ms. Warren and that the group advised her staff about it only last weekend.
The fightin’ liberals at Daily Kos have an even better idea. After years of agitating, taking over the consultant class of the Democratic Party, getting a liberal president and 60-vote Democratic Senate elected, the progressive activist community thinks America still sucks because it’s dominated by a centralized, powerful upper class of elites that has too much influence over government. They are also irony blind. This predicament, of course, has nothing to do with the people they supported to run the government being centralized power-hungry upper-class elites interested in increasing the domain of their power at every turn, and the perfect solution is a super-old socialist. Hear them out:
To reiterate, success depends on the intersection of both street politics and electoral politics. But for today I am focusing on the latter.
In all the midterm autopsies published or broadcast in the past month, the one agreement among the dissectors is that a lack of enthusiasm even worse than usual kept away voters who could have made the outcome very different Nov. 4. But that’s pretty much where the agreement ends. I’m in the camp that says if the Democratic Party is going to survive, much less thrive, it’s got to have a message that will resonate, not just in presidential years when a candidate at the top can mobilize people but also during the midterms that have been so damaging in most of the past 20 years.
Not a focus-grouped message of campaign consultant mush, although special care with language is important. But rather a message with real meaning. Sen. Bernie Sanders has provided such a message. A message and simultaneously a platform of economic populism.
Do join the race, Sens. Warren and Sanders. We all look forward to your contest with Madame Inevitable. Some liberal activists, however, may see the counterproductivity of this populist movement and advocate for something that may be even more scary. I saw this graphic floating around today:
Yikes, hide your female colleagues. The War on Women has only just begun.