Accountability Now: About Time

The New York Times has an article on Accountability Now, a new PAC formed by progressive bloggers in alliance with the SEIU and MoveOn.Org. The goal of the PAC is to sponsor primary challenges from the left to excessively ‘moderate’ Congressional Democrats who hail from safe or liberal districts. For a long time, one of the strengths of the Republican party has been its ability to exercise party discipline, largely through the efforts of outside groups like the Club For Growth. It is about time that something similar was formed for Democrats.

Now, I think there exists the obvious danger of imposing excessively rigid ideological tests on Democrats, especially those from competitive and moderate districts or states. Ben Nelson, though his fetishistic centrism tasks me, nevertheless hails from Nebraska and is probably the best Democrat we can expect from his state. At least he doesn’t go on Fox News to trash the party *cough* Joe Lieberman *cough*. Dianne Feinstein, on the other hand, has repeatedly sold out her constituents in favor of corporate interests and is one of the key forces in the Senate that pushed for collaboration with the Bush administration’s unconstitutional national security policy. She is out-of-line with the current political leanings of California, and has increasingly taken to dodging public appearances. She notably hid away last year over the 4th of July to avoid the inevitable protests over her position on the FISA legislation. I would love to see a primary challenge against her in 2012.

All-in-all, I’m glad to see a move toward imposing some accountability on Democrats, and, while I will want to see how the PAC picks targets in 2010, in the meantime I’ll be cautiously supportive.

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Published in: on February 26, 2009 at 10:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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