Thursday, April 28, 2005

MoveOn myopia

Byron York has an excellent piece on in today's NY Post. Full column here. He makes some interesting observations:
Last month, another MoveOn rally in support of filibusters, held at a hotel near the Capitol, featured an appearance by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, along with Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Charles Schumer, Robert Byrd, Edward Kennedy and others. The 87-year-old Byrd worked the crowd into an almost evangelical fervor, waving his copy of the Constitution and yelling, "Praise God!" and "Hallelujah!" as he denounced Republicans.
Well, so much for Hillary's "centrist" facade. Of course, the MSM will sit on that one. Also, notice that MoveOn's "dignified" (ahem) speakers included a drunken murderer socialist in Uncle Teddy, and the galloping Klansman Robert "Sheets" Byrd? Byrd does what Klansmen do best: invoke the name of God to perpetrate hate. I'm amazed that Sheets didn't get lynched himself, for uttering the word "God" to the agnostic masses there. Continuing...
MoveOn was started by the husband-and-wife software entrepreneurs Wes Boyd and Joan Blades. In a conversation last fall, Blades told me it began one day in 1998 when she and Boyd were having lunch in a Chinese restaurant near Berkeley, Calif., where they live. They were discussing the Clinton impeachment battle, then raging in Washington, and concluded that Republicans seemed to have gone crazy.

They found that everyone in the restaurant agreed with them. "We were hearing another table where people were saying, 'How can we be doing this?' " Blades told me. "We were just hearing all around us, 'This is crazy.' "

On the basis of that polling in one of the bluest areas of the United States, Boyd and Blades decided to create MoveOn. "Using e-mail and the Web, we can focus a broad and deep consensus in the American public into action," they wrote.
Hahahahahahaha! That's hilarious! They listened to people in Berkeley, and thought they were mainstream Americans! What's next? Before too long, some liberal running for president will be in front a Hollywood crowd that uses profanity and that liberal will say these Hollywood elites represent mainstream America. Oh wait...that happened last year! My bad!

York points out that MoveOn didn't stop impeachment in 1998. They lost in 2000. They lost more in 2002. They lost even more in 2004. They haven't won a single battle yet, but Democrats are rushing to them en masse. Seems to me like liberals are acting an awful lot like the rubes they think make up mainstream America.