The MoveOn Fiasco
by Robert Parry
The furor over MoveOn.org’s silly “General Betray Us” ad – which led to a bipartisan Senate condemnation
of MoveOn after Republicans blocked a move to include right-wing smears against military veterans like
Democrats Max Cleland and John Kerry – carries a bitter lesson for the American Left.
How can the Republicans block everything they don't like
when the Democrats were powerless to block anything - ever?
Simply put: This is what happens when one side of American politics – the Right – spends three decades
and many billions of dollars building a sophisticated and powerful media apparatus and the other side
– the Left – does next to nothing on media infrastructure.
Yes, it’s true that many Democratic senators behaved spinelessly, but a leading reason for their political
cowardice is the Republicans’ extraordinary ability to whip up national frenzies over anything that can be portrayed as an affront to them or their allies.
There is nothing remotely comparable – in size, reach or funding – on the Left.
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