Christopher Hayes bravely tries to show how moveon.org remains relevant, but if the best it can do is bring out people like "Sandy Tracy in the streets with a bullhorn," we're not going to move on to a progressive future very quickly, I'm afraid.
Moveon just appealed for funds for an MTV ad tagged "Brain on Hope," intended to counteract a new McCain MTC ad. It's about as vapid and content-free as any political spot I've ever seen.
Moveon has been effective in connecting people and energizing them politically (they have energized me to learn more and occasionally take action), but by advocating at the lowest common denominator of progressivism, moveon is unable to describe where to move on to. I find them in danger of parodying themselves and becoming runon.org.
On the other hand, their new video "29 Guesses" hits hard, scrolling through the names and affiliations of twenty-nine lobbyists supposedly affiliated with John McCain. Opening with an offshore drilling rig, it shows how McCain voted on key measures of interest to the fluid energy lobby.
I think moveon, by acting as a middleman for issue-based and partisan media makers, does perform a valuable service. I wish they would lean toward more gritty content and give their members more say in what videos they decide to promote.
Jul 29 2008 - 8:22am