An e-mail from MoveOn
I checked my e-mail this morning and found a forwarded message from “the MoveOn team” at MoveOn.org.
Dear MoveOn members,
This is a real emergency. The polls in California show Schwarzenegger pulling ahead, while the truth about his character is only now starting to get out. We have just a few days to make sure everyone in California knows who this man is. Today we ask you to do two things: (1) contribute to a TV ad that we will run across the state of California on Sunday and Monday and (2) send this message on to friends, so they know the details that are only just now getting into the press.
Please contribute to the ad at:
We need to raise $500,000, by the end of day today.
This morning the Los Angeles Times published the stories of six women who say they were physically abused by Arnold Schwarzenegger as recently as three years ago. We’ve included excerpts from the article at the bottom
of this email. The stories are shocking, but they fit a pattern of previous reports.
We’re launching a television ad devoted to putting Arnold’s problem with women into the public eye. We feel that this is a critical step that absolutely must be taken, but we need $500,000 to make this happen.
The stories published in the LA Times today are consistent withstatements Schwarzenegger has made and incidents he’s been involved in throughout his entire career.
If you think his personal views and behavior can be separated from his new career as a politician, think again: Schwarzenegger has not included a single woman on his economic council. In a state where there are tens of thousands of women in positions of power, there was not even one he respected enough add to his team.
Schwarzenegger has a serious problem with women, reflected in both his actions and his words. His own statements — even just months ago — paint a clear picture of a man who has absolutely no respect for women.
And so on, for another dozen paragraphs. MoveOn, you’ll remember, was the organization devoted to impeaching Bill Clinton because of his sexual abuse of female employees.
Ha, I’m just kidding.
Across the United States today, a diverse group of online Americans launched an Internet political campaign and petition drive called Censure and Move On. Angry and disgusted by the behavior of our representatives in the nation’s capital, we are using email and the world-wide web to crystalize public opinion.
Censure and Move On is a bipartisan group of concerned citizens organizing around a single issue: speedy resolution of the Lewinsky sex scandal. We are not affiliated with or funded by any other organization. The vast majority of the American public understand that a continuing obsession with this scandal will do great damage to our institutions, our economy, and our power and prestige in the world. We expect our representatives to understand this as well, and show real leadership. Now that the special prosecutor’s report is in, the issue is totally in the political domain. A resolution of Censure is clearly the only path to speedy closure.
What’s good for the good is apparantly unspeakably evil for the gander.
So would I have more respect for these activists if they remained consistent about what was and wasn’t relevant information for a public official? You bet. I don’t blog about Bill Clinton on this site because I didn’t care about any of his sexual habits (although I did care about his perjury). If MoveOn can’t apply vaguely similar standards to a moderate Democrat and a moderate Republican (though, to be fair, Arnold hasn’t been accused of cheating on his wife), they deserve to be treated with all the seriousness of … well, Gary Coleman, I guess.
And note how Republicans in 1998 were obsessed with “the scandal,” but the pious and forward-thinking MoveOn crowd is concerned with “make[ing] sure everyone in California knows who this man is.” Golly, what a bunch of scumbags.