MoveOn.Org should hold Obama accountable
by desmoinesdem, Thu Dec 17, 2009 at 05:31:45 AM EST
I'm likely to ignore future e-mails from MoveOn.org Political Action after reading the last two appeals they've sent me. They are raising money off the health care reform battle while absolving President Obama from blame for the pitiful state of the Senate bill.
This arrived in my in-box earlier this week:
First, Joe Lieberman helped President Bush invade Iraq, and the Democrats in Washington forgave him. Then, he endorsed John McCain, and they forgave him again. Then, he personally attacked Barack Obama at the Republican National Convention, and still the Democrats forgave him.1
Now, Joe Lieberman is single-handedly gutting health care reform. The time for forgiveness is over. It's time to hold Senator Lieberman accountable.
First, we're going to launch a huge ad campaign to make sure every last Connecticut voter knows that Senator Lieberman is blocking strong reforms. Then, we'll push Senate leaders to strip him of his chairmanship and seniority. Finally, we'll work to defeat him in his next election.
Our goal is to raise $400,000 in the next 24 hours, to send a deafeningly loud message that we've had enough of Joe Lieberman. That'll take at least 3 donations from Urbandale--can you chip in $200?
From the follow-up e-mail:
It's outrageous: Joe Lieberman is single-handedly blocking our best chance at strong health care reform in years!
In less than 24 hours MoveOn members have donated an astounding $650,000 to send Lieberman home for good. That's awesome--thank you! Now we're aiming to raise $1 million together.
If we can hit that goal, we'll have the resources to make sure every voter in Connecticut knows that Senator Lieberman has been standing in the way of reform and to push Senate Democrats to take away his chairmanship.
That'll take at least 3 donations from Urbandale--can you chip in $200?
Sorry, MoveOn team. I detest Lieberman as much as the next decent human being, but you lost me when you tried to claim he is "single-handedly" gutting health care reform. President Obama has signaled all year that he's willing to ditch the public option. Appeasing the insurance lobby has been a higher priority than giving Americans an alternative to private insurance. The White House chief of staff instructed Harry Reid to accommodate all of Lieberman's demands. Not only that, Obama's administration worked to kill an amendment allowing re-importation of prescription drugs, which Obama supported as a senator and presidential candidate. That was one element of a deal White House staff cut with drug companies behind the scenes.
Senator Russ Feingold pointed out that
it would be unfair to blame Lieberman for [the public option's] apparent demise. Feingold said that responsibility ultimately rests with President Barack Obama and he could have insisted on a higher standard for the legislation.
"This bill appears to be legislation that the president wanted in the first place, so I don't think focusing it on Lieberman really hits the truth," said Feingold. "I think they could have been higher. I certainly think a stronger bill would have been better in every respect."
No kidding. The people at MoveOn.org Political Action know all this background. I assume they used the "blame it all on Lieberman" frame in order to collect money from progressives who still believe in the president as well as from Obamaskeptics like me.
I'll donate to Lieberman's Democratic opponent in 2012, but I'm not inspired to fund MoveOn.org as long as they are covering for Obama's broken promises on health care reform.