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Tom Hayden is correct as far as he goes. Yet he sidestepped MoveOn's transformation. As soon as Moveon endorsed Obama's campaign, it ceased being a gressroots peace organization and became a de facto grassroots extension of the Obama campaign. Once wedded to Obama, MoveOn became unable to voice alternatives that did not toe the party line.

MoveOn faces that problem today. This raises an important issue: was MoveOn ever a progressive movement at all? Or was it simply a convenient mechanism for Democratic Party liberals to advance a liberal agenda? Although Tom Hayden notes that MoveOn's privately held list contains peace advocates, I wonder how many on the list are progressives. This progressive has felt sold out by MoveOn ever since its move to the Democratic Party.