MoveOn Seeks to Flex its Muscle in Dem Party Chair Elections

January 26, 2005

The LA Times is reporting that:, the online liberal advocacy group, threw its weight into the race for the Democratic National Committee chairmanship by announcing a plan Tuesday for state-by-state endorsements from its nearly 3 million members.

Their motive? To help get their main man Howard Dean elected. According to the article, this represents an effort by MoveOn to “institutionalize its influence within the Democratic Party.” How about just institutionalizing its members? (Just kidding for those stray libs who may be reading this).

Interestingly, some party officials are said to be resisting the move to anoint Dean because “they believe he will project too liberal an image.” Note that they aren’t concerned that he is too liberal in fact, just that he is too well known as a liberal, which some Democrats have figured out belatedly doesn’t sit well with the electorate. Dean’s mistake here is being who he is. If he would just follow the lead of Hillary Clinton and pretend to be conservative he might fare better.

It will be interesting to see how MoveOn types react to Hillary’s shenanigans the next four years. Will they give her a pass, knowing that this Lib will never change her colors? Or will they begin to get frustrated the more she pretends to be something she’s not — and something they are not: conservative? For what it’s worth, it should be noted that MoveOn officials apparently deny their move is designed to help Dean win the DNC chairmanship.