We see groups pop up all of the time that are going to change the political landscape. More often than not they fizzle out before they even really get started.
If I were a Democrat, that is if we slid into some weird alternate universe, I may actually be concerned about this story. Bloggers and unions form group to push Democrats to the left.
The article is about a PAC being started by liberal bloggers, unions, and liberal organizations. Some of the members are The DailyKos, MoveOn.org, and the Service Employees International Union. These are some heavy hitters.
So what is the goal of this new group? To recruit candidates that are more liberal than current Congressional members to mount challenges in the 2010 congressional primaries. Evidently they are concerned that our current crop of Democratic Representatives and Senators are not liberal enough. I'm afraid to see someone more liberal than Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Harry Reid, or Barbara Boxer. Who's to the left of them, Cynthia McKinney and Cindy Sheehan?
Now I am not, as a Republican real concerned about this group. In fact, I not only wish them well, I'm thinking about donating to their cause. This is a bad idea for the Dems though.
Primaries are voted on by members of the party. It is often easy for a more extreme candidate, with the right funding, to win a primary. There are fewer people voting, they are all at least marginally supportive of the more extreme ideas, and primaries are often made up of people more strongly aligned with the bedrock principles of the party.
The problem is that these candidates will get beaten in the general election more often than not, especially if they are running against a more centrist candidate from the other party.
The most important part of this group is that it is made up of some heavy hitters. These member organizations bring a lot of money and influence to this undertaking.
If I were a Dem I would not be happy with this.
As a Republican, I'm thrilled.