Friday, February 27, 2009

More And Better Democrats, Now All Rolled Into One!

It sounds like a sales pitch and well, in a way it is. If you are in the Democratic Party, chances are you want to see more Democrats in office. Yet, some of them have a tendency to stray from the party's values and vote against the best interests of the people they are sent to Washington in order to represent. It can be frustrating and in some cases, propels voters to switch to the other side, even in very Democratic districts. Of course you can always go volunteer for a Democratic challenger in a primary race, and that is a good start. But wouldn't it better if you could easily connect with a group of like-minded partisans...with a serious amount of funds behind them so challengers would actually stand a chance against the incumbent who has lost his or her way?

From The Huffington Post:

Accountability Now PAC will officially be based in Washington D.C., though its influence is designed to be felt in congressional districts across the country. The group will adopt an aggressive approach to pushing the Democratic Party in a progressive direction; it will actively target, raise funds, poll and campaign for primary challengers to members who are either ethically or politically out-of-touch with their voters. The goal, officials with the organization say, is to start with 25 potential races and dwindle it down to eight or 10; ultimately spending hundreds of thousands on elections that usually wouldn't be touched.[...]

It is a concept bound -- indeed, designed -- to ruffle the feathers of powerful figures in Washington, in part because the names behind it are now institutions themselves. With $500,000 currently in the bank, Accountability Now will be aided, in varying forms, by groups such as MoveOn, SEIU, Color of Change, Democracy for America, 21st Century Democrats and BlogPAC. FireDogLake's Jane Hamsher and's Glenn Greenwald will serve in advisory roles, while Markos Moulitsas of DailyKos will conduct polling, with analytical help from's Nate Silver.
This is a serious pool of resources coming together to do exactly what Barack Obama has talked about on the campaign trail and now from the White House. We as citizens must effect change and push Washington in the right direction. 'Pushing' isn't just about writing letters and making phone calls to our elected officials, it is about replacing the ones not doing what we want with those that will work for the change we seek. In Washington, the name of the game is protecting incumbency, but that is not what it should be. Instead of just complaining about the problem, we should actively work to change things in our favor, so sign up now and be a part of that change.