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Friday, February 01, 2008

Move On Members Endorse Obama

When you think of a political ideology like liberalism then one of the front runners in that thought process is Move On. I like to think of them as my loony friends on the left simply because I love being a moderate liberal. I’m not an extremist but I believe in my heart many of the same thoughts that Move On proposes as they seek a progressive liberal agenda. They give a sense of direction for the political junkies amongst us and in that direction millions more that are not members or affiliated with Move On tend to lean on the fence post and listen, read, and form our own opinion.

Move On is endosing Barack Obama and over at the New York Times they have this little piece on it…

February 1, 2008, 12:11 pm
MoveOn Endorses Obama
By Jeff Zeleny

LOS ANGELES – Senator Barack Obama has won the endorsement today from the membership of MoveOn.

In a vote of the group’s members, Mr. Obama outpaced Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton 70 percent to 30 percent. The political action committee of has 3.2 million members across the country, including 1.7 million members who live in the 22 states with Democratic primaries or caucuses on Tuesday.

“Our members’ endorsement of Senator Obama is a clear call for a new America at this critical moment in history,” said Eli Pariser, executive director of MoveOn. He added, “The enormity of the challenges require someone who knows how to inspire millions to get involved to change the direction of our country, and someone who will be willing to change business as usual in Washington.”
- New York Times

After watching the love fest debate of Obama and Clinton on CNN in California several differences emerged between the two candidates. Politicians are sneaky and vague for the most part but one thing I noticed was the use of two simple words. When and If. Two little words but when they are used in a political debate they can portray a great difference between the candidates talking about the issues. Those two words play to the back of your mind and depending on the topic and how they are used can have a direct effect on how you subconsciously perceive the discussion.

In the debate I found it ironic that in many of the replies that Senator Clinton gave were started with “If” which opens up the question of doubt as to her ability to achieve the high goals she has set for her platform and candidacy. So many “If’s” seem to have to happen “If” she can deliver the promises she proposes in her universal health care plan. That in itself wreaks of a true politician telling you what you would like to have happen in our nation “If” we can overcome all the hurdles she spoke of. It almost seems that she is afraid to cross the secret line of politicians in Washington? You tell me?

On the other side of the cookies and milk debate was Barack Obama using the word “When” in many of his responses. Along with that word he used the word “We” which seemed more appropriate when you are talking about the political issues that will effect 300 million plus Americans. “When” we negotiate with the pharmaceutical industry for lower prescription costs and “When” we pass health coverage is just more believable. Backing it up with an insistence on CSPAN coverage of the actual debate on health care for all takes the closed doors discussion of screwing America out of the equation.

In the end the debate was not a debate in the sense where one politician calls another on the carpet on any issue. The questions were all softball lobs and played into both of the candidates best interests.

It’s all politics but I have to go with the majority of Move On members and believe that Obama is the path to a new America and the force for change in all of our lives.

Hillary can be very articulate in her answers to any question but she proved last night during the CNN debate that she can circle the question directly asked with the best of them and never answer the question asked. I tend to think that as things go, “If” Senator Clinton were the party nominee, and “If” she were to become President, then we could be faced with two many “If’s” and not enough “When” or “We“.


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Blogger B.J. said...

I was a member for years, fought the good fight against the “Freepers” who came on our forum to disrupt discourse and wield personal attacks again members, and made quite a few great friends in the process.

I left moveon, as I wrote its founders, Wes Boyd and Joan Blades, because they (and Eli Pariser) allowed this great grassroots organization to become marginalized and demonized by right-wing pundits and Fox News. They seemed aloof, thought themselves above the fray and didn’t fight back. Bill O’Reilly declared to be “the most dangerous organization in America.” Soon, the MSM took up the drumbeat portraying moveone as “far left” and “radical.”

I was among moveon voters leading to the endorsement of former presidential hopeful Gov. Howard Dean, and that didn’t turn out too well. This endorsement might be less than beneficial in the general election, particularly in light of the Petraeus/Betray Us ad. By and large, moveon is an “anti-war” organization – apparently perceiving Obama to be “anti-war” rather than anit-Iraq War - and this country does not elect an anti-war president.

It matters not whether Hillary or Barack win the nomination, the right-wing will go after either with a venegeance. Endorsements by Ted Kennedy and (and by extension George Soros) will be used against Obama in the general election. The bottom line for me: the Democrats must take back the White House NOW, or this country may move past the point of no return.

9:43 AM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

I think that all organizations start out with the right message but sometimes loose the objective. The bigger picture is lost in the ideology and desire to out maneuver an opposing political thought. Nobody likes a bully in the school yard at recess.

5:20 PM  

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