Update [2005-1-26 7:56:1 by Fiat Lux]:
Ron Brownstein gets the MoveOn scoop in this LA Times piece
that explains MoveOn's plan for "state-by-state endorsements from its nearly 3 million members."
Firmly planting its flag in the race as a prime mover to ramp up public interest and turn up the heat on the DNC, MoveOn is taking indirect democracy to a new level.
MoveOn's political action committee will ask its members to suggest questions for the candidates in the DNC race. Within a few days, it expects to forward the most commonly requested questions to the candidates. After posting the answers on its website, the group will ask its members in each state to vote on their preference for the party chairperson. Then it will send the results to the DNC members.
If you think MoveOn's involvement is a net positive in influencing DNC members (if not the mainstream media), then this obviously helps Howard Dean. But MoveOn's plans may pale in comparison to the other news mentioned in this article. And, if what Jerome surmises
is true, this development could help put Dean over the top:
Another key party group is also planning to jump into the DNC race with a high-profile endorsement. A group of about two-thirds of the state party chairs plans to endorse a single candidate Sunday after meeting with the contenders in New York City, said California Democratic Chairman Art Torres.
More on the flip...
The original post follows...
From a Washington Post article ("Prominent Black DNC Members Back Dean for Chair"):
In another development, MoveOn.org, a liberal advocacy group, announced plans to get involved in the race for DNC chair. The involvement of the group, which mounted an active Internet and grassroots effort during the presidential campaign, initially would seem to help Dean -- with the organization calling for election of a chair who will express "strong opposition to Republican extremism" -- though it also could help build opposition from the moderate wing of the party.
The battle has been joined. I don't think MoveOn would be getting involved if it didn't think Howard Dean needed a left flank.
Good move? Bad move?
For MoveOn? For Dean? For the Party?
What say you?