Move on, don’t move on
Boy, MoveOn can’t win for losing. In the last few months they’ve apparently distanced themselves from anti-Iraq war activism. Arch-lefty Norman Solomon complained about this.

Two years after the invasion of Iraq, the online powerhouse MoveOn.org – which built most of its member base with a strong antiwar message – is not pushing for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

With a network of more than 3 million “online activists,” the MoveOn leadership has decided against opposing the American occupation of Iraq. During the recent bloody months, none of MoveOn’s action alerts have addressed what Americans can do to help get the U.S. military out of that country.

The funny thing is, people who already hated MoveOn for its anti-war activity haven’t noticed. Underneath his confused-looking new byline photo, Byron York just “exposed” the alliance of Barack Obama and MoveOn.

The Obama letter comes at a time when some centrist Democrats have expressed concerns that the party has become too identified with its most vocal elements on the left, including MoveOn. In February, the Washington Post cited Democratic-party strategists who “worry that the influence of grass-roots activists could push the party even further to the left, particularly on national security, reinforcing a weakness that Bush exploited in his reelection campaign.”

So they stop being anti-war, and they’re still slammed for being anti-war. Sigh.

At the risk of getting too pollyanaish, I think this is a positive development. It’s better for all concerned if MoveOn turns into a workaday liberal lobbying organization, rather than digging its heels into anti-war activism. I point you to any history of Students for a Democratic Society if you disagree.

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