Donald Trump is MoveOn.org’s worst nightmare.
The decades-old “left-leaning” organization is still very much a live concern.
The group’s original mission was to urge then-President Bill Clinton’s censure, rather than his impeachment . . . and then “move on” to normal governmental business.
Over the years, the organization has backed “progressive” candidates, and promoted causes like campaign finance reform.
Trump annoys MoveOn folks doubly, I gather. Though he’s super-rich, he parlayed social media to leverage major media to gain billions in free coverage — which is precisely what MoveOn attempts to do.
Trump also sports a tongue that flouts all past decorum, thus making Clinton’s Lewinsky scandal itself seem . . . almost . . . quaint.
Oh, and this: Trump seems to stand for everything MoveOn supporters are against. That is, if you can figure what, precisely, Trump stands for on most issues.
Robert Reich wrote an email, the other day, reveling in his role as a video propagandist for the organization for over a year, but fearing that isn’t enough to defeat Trump. So, he explains, “instead of just producing an online video every few weeks, MoveOn’s gearing up to produce one practically every day.” He writes to pitch for money.
MoveOn’s videos may be very effective — at getting progressive types to hate Trump all the more, and to vote against him.
Less certain is their reach. Can the new professional videographers preach beyond the eager choir?
Oh, and it’s worth noting that this is precisely the kind of thing campaign finance reform is designed to squelch.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.