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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

I Heart Markos

Kos gets it, I mean really gets it, on stuff like this:

NARAL says:

With the Roberts nomination front and center, choice is being talked about more and more, especially on some of the most well-known political blogs. But what's disturbing is that choice and abortion are being discussed--in blogs and in the media--more as a political tool than as an issue that affects women's lives.

So NARAL is issuing a call to action. We've listed five of the some of the most well-known progressive blogs below--go to them and make your voice heard. Use their comments sections to make sure that choice is being discussed as something that affects women, not just politics.

The call to action includes links to Daily Kos, MyDD, Swing State Project, Atrios, and Left Coaster. Their message -- choice affects women, not just politics.

Problem is, politics can't be divorced from the issue. So NARAL goes around endorsing Republicans like Chafee because they talk a good game about choice. But then, Republicans like Chafee vote for people like Trent Lott and Bill Frist as majority leaders. And then they vote to confirm reactionary anti-privacy, anti-choice judges like Janice Brown.

Meanwhile, anti-abortion Democrats like Harry Reid don't vote for Frist or Lott, and they don't vote to confirm reactionary anti-choice judges like Janice Brown. There's no doubt Chafee will vote to confirm Roberts, regardless his record on choice, and yet NARAL would still rather endorse Chafee?

You know, nothing says they have to endorse an anti-abortion Democrat, but clearly they don't understand that good politics -- turning the Senate Democratic is far more beneficial for their issue (women rights) than anything the Republicans can muster.

Until NARAL (and the rest of the single-issue groups) understand that building a movement is more beneficial to their causes than singular devotion to their pet causes, I can't take them seriously.

Divided those groups are being picked off, one by one. Trial lawyers, you're next up. United, the Republicans stand.

The groups I take seriously? MoveOn, Democracy for America, National Political Hip Hop Conference, the bloggers -- groups that are working to build an effective progressive movement, not a single issue. Because when Democrats regain power, choice, the environment, worker's rights -- the whole gamut -- will be protected.

Spot on. We've seen this right here on a local level. Please correct me if I'm wrong on this, because I've only read or heard about this through others- The two major groups opposing the PGA deal here in SA were COPS/Metro Alliance and SA environmentalists. Once COPS/Metro were able to grab their living wage pledge from the PGA, they promptly left the table and all of our environmentalists, leaving them in a very weak position. I mean, what does it matter what sort of wage you make when your town's drinking water is undrinkable? It truly is hard to take these sort of groups seriously.

For a vigorous defense of the other side, see Matt Singer.