MoveOn.org grew out of the impeachment crisis, as lefty Democrats grew disgusted with Republicans and with what they considered to be round-heeled Democrats.
Today The Victory Caucus is seeing tremendous traffic for a site that is five days old, and an impressive commitment of resources from virtual volunteers around the country. Before long the Caucus will be identifying the congressional districts which have twice voted for George W. Bush but which are represented by Democrats. It already has a list of the 17 white flag Republicans up. I expect a great deal of effort to go into the identification of candidates for these 68 districts, candidates committed to supporting victory in the war.
Leadership isn’t going to come from the Hill which didn’t even whip today’s vote. And time-serving backbenchers like Lawnboy Ric Keller aren’t going to get a pass. Their colleagues in the House GOP should refuse to shield them from the political fallout. Today was a significant day for seriousness on the war, and the clarity the vote provided is very useful indeed.
The effort to recruit, support, and elect victory Congressmen is going to require a great deal of effort, and NZ Bear has set up easy to understand ways to get involved. The first set of tools are there, and the Victory Caucus is not going to pursue any other agenda except victory in the war. If that matters to you, get involved and tell your friends about it.
UPDATE: From an e-mail from an active duty military in Keller’s district:
You asked what kind of support I’d have for a primary candidate against Keller. I’ve always strongly believed that as an active duty military person I had an obligation to stay out of politics, and maintained an independent stance save for using my right to vote. If there is an avocado running in the primary against Keller, I will register Republican to vote for the avocado. I will also donate money to the avocado’s campaign, and if feasible volunteer to get it elected. I’d do it myself–and lose horribly, I might add; I’m less electable than an avocado, not built for politicking–but I’m still on active duty and thus will avoid that embarrassment.You’ve got to stand for something. Keller natters on about lawn care. Maybe Keller could ask the Iraqi man Michael Yon wrote about last week, the man who protected children and families from dying from a suicide bomber dressed in a burka. Keller could ask the man if the Iraqis are doing enough. Maybe pass on some mowing tips.Oh, wait. Keller can’t. That man gave his life for his community by blocking the blast with his own body.