Endorsements and Scorecards
by Matt Stoller, Thu Jun 01, 2006 at 08:34:34 AM EDT
"Homosexuality is wrong" - Joe Lieberman to the New Haven Advocate
"Senator Lieberman is a trusted ally in Congress." Human Rights Campaign
"I think if two people want to get married let them get married." Ned Lamont
I don't think it's particularly controversial to point out that HRC's leadership has become corrupted and inept, betraying the people who make up its membership. Or used to make up its membership, anyway.
Corruption takes different forms in different institutions. Modern corruption comes from the desperate need of institutions and stars to garner mass media attention and direct mail donations. On the right, it turns people into raving Darwin-deniers and Duke Cunninghams. On the left, it allows institutions like the Human Rights Campaign, LCV, and the Sierra Club to become wedded to their largely irrelevant scorecards.
This is infrastructure that needs to be rescued and turned around to support a progressive agenda. Moving beyond the access game and towards the movement power game is key.