I think it is interesting to note that MoveOn is testing the waters, trying to find out from their members if there is a consensus about going after right-wing Democrats (Vichys) in the coming primaries. I received an email this morning, and the following contains the gist of their query:
"Should we challenge right-wing Democrats?
Our top goal is ending right-wing Republican control of Congress but to make progress on core issues we think MoveOn should challenge right-wing Democrats in primary elections. What do you think? Give us feedback."
It is very nice of them to ask so politely, but the answer seems obvious: Yes! Hold their feet to the fire! However, they have set up a feedback page if anyone would like to add their two cents to the issue HERE.
It appears they already have Henry Cuellar in their sights. If MoveOn can apply some pressure to any of the Democrats In Disguise, good for them. But I think the model that has been established here - a fast, direct action movement that can get several thousand contacts made before some committee has even finished its meeting and drafted its email petition - is well on its way to carving out an important niche in grassroots political action.
Thersites said it best when he wrote, "Our goal here is nothing less than helping build a new kind of movement that capitalizes on the Internet and other communications technologies that no citizens, in the history of the world, have ever had before. If the Dean campaign and MoveOn used the Internet to build "grassroots organizations," then we can use it to empower the grassroots themselves. We can bring a new thing into the world: Internet-driven, rapid-response, politically nuanced, direct grassroots democracy. I'm convinced that can be powerful."
And I give that a strong second.