Democratic civil war update: MoveOn raises money to attack Dems who voted against health care

Last week the left-wing activist group MoveOn announced that it had raised $3.6 million to attack any Democratic senator who does not fully support “health care with a public option.” Now, MoveOn is raising money to attack the House Democrats who voted against Obama-PelosiCare.

“We won a big victory on health care on Saturday when the House of Representatives passed a bill that includes a public health insurance option,” writes MoveOn's political team. “But dozens of conservative Democrats sided with Big Insurance to vote against it.”

MoveOn says it is essential to show those conservative Democrats that “voters will make them pay a political price for standing in the way of health care reform.” Therefore, MoveOn is “rushing to launch a major new TV ad campaign in the home districts of Democrats who voted against the bill.”

It is important to make an example of the errant Democrats, MoveOn says, “because fence-sitting Democrats in Congress are watching carefully to see what happens to those who oppose real change.” If those fence-sitters see there is no price to be paid for opposing health care, that will make it harder to pass a final bill. “So we've got to act quickly and forcefully to demonstrate that any politician who sides with corporate special interests will suffer for it back home.”

Even though it has been in high gear for more than a week, MoveOn's campaign against both House and Senate Democrats has so far received little attention in the press — far less than the attention paid to divisions in the Republican party.
 

Just Posted

SF supervisor candidates back car-free streets

District 5 hopeful Preston pitches network of bike-only roads to prevent traffic deaths

Climate strike organizers say SFUSD blocked student participation

The organizers behind Friday’s Climate Strike in San Francisco are accusing the… Continue reading

City puts closure of long-term mental health beds on hold

In response to public outrage over a proposal to suspend 41 permanent… Continue reading

Here we go again – new dog rules in Golden Gate National Recreation Area

The GGNRA released a 2019 Superintendent’s Compendium that makes significant changes that appear to implement parts of the ill-fated Dog Management Plan.

Most Read