April 5, 2005

UNITED BY HATE:

MoveOn.org Raises Money to Support Senator: The online liberal advocacy group has shown both its potential as a Democratic asset and a Republican target. (Ronald Brownstein, April 5, 2005, LA Times)

With an early fund-raising blitz, the online liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org has shown both its potential as a Democratic asset and a Republican target in the 2006 elections.

In less than three days last week, the group's political action committee raised from its members nearly $833,000 for Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.), who next year could face his first competitive race in decades.

The amount represented more than three-fourths of the total Byrd collected between Jan. 1 and March 31, and was the most money MoveOn has raised for one candidate at one time, according to the group's officials.

"Sen. Byrd would be the prize for Republicans in 2006 that Tom Daschle was in 2004," said Tom Matzzie, MoveOn's Washington director, referring to the former Senate minority leader from South Dakota who lost his reelection bid in November.

Byrd, Matzzie said, "is just such a gigantic figure for progressives that we felt like we had to be supportive."

But the torrent of MoveOn money drew quick fire from Republicans, who signaled that they intend to make the group's support an issue not only in West Virginia but also in other states.


More evidence that Democrats think Senator Byrd is in trouble. It's almost as beautiful as a tropical sunset, watching the far Left scramble to save him.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 5, 2005 8:34 PM
Comments

I'm sure there's a way to tie the MoveOn donations to Sen. Byrd's past history with the KKK, his filibuster of the Civil Rights Act, and his unique ability to have hundreds of buildings named after him while he's still alive.

I'm just sure there is.

Posted by: Steve White at April 5, 2005 9:28 PM

They could change their name to HoodsOn.org.

Posted by: John at April 5, 2005 10:58 PM

Tie a noose behind a pickup truck, drive down a country road, and call the whole thing Movin'On.org.

What's good for the goose.

And make sure to repeat Byrd's take on white trash. And then ask every member of the Black Caucus what they really think of Robert Byrd.

And we haven't even started talking about how to squeeze Howard Dean yet.

Posted by: ratbert at April 5, 2005 11:05 PM

This is just too brilliant--MoveOn is just writing the Republicans' campaign ads for them. Byrd is going to be tough to beat--or would be if he wasn't cruising to be known as the "MoveOn.org Candidate" in West Freaking Virginia. This is like the Christian Coalition going all out for Lincoln Chafee.

More evidence, I suppose, that Rove is the one running things.

Posted by: Timothy at April 6, 2005 1:08 AM

Byrd, Matzzie said, "is just such a gigantic figure for progressives that we felt like we had to be supportive."

One must surely wonder what Martin Luther King, Jr, Medger Evers,Cheney, Schwerner, Goodman and the countless other victims of racial violence in the American South are thinking about that one.

The reality is that in West Virginia, competing with Arkansas as America's most benighted state, an association with the KKK will be a vote gainer.

Posted by: bart at April 6, 2005 6:57 AM

I am amazed that these dingbats have the chutzpah to call these people "progressives." They haven't been in favor of a progressive initiative in 50 years!!

Posted by: dick at April 6, 2005 4:55 PM
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