I, like quite a few, I would wager, at times ponder the shift in political power over the last few decades.
Some maintain that the public has shifted to the Right, like Zell Miller,I am more of the mind that "I never left the Democratic Party; they left me."
One thing is certain that as the DNC shifted more and more Leftward, they became more and more dependent upon funds raised by massive Transnational Progressive NGOs.
It is moot now, which was cause and which was effect, it is so. To the extent it is broadly proclaimed, not by their detractors, but by the very NGOs themselves.
Liberal powerhouse MoveOn has a message for the "professional election losers" who run the Democratic Party: "We bought it, we own it, we’re going to take it back."
That is true in a manner, never before seen. It has been a golden age for fund raising for the Orgs on Left.
The reason is not too hard to understand. No Grand Inquisitor was ever able to raise a howling mob with cries of "HERETICS!".to the extent that the mere whisper of the word Bush, can rouse the Faithful to a frothing frenzy and -- mail in checks.
If anyone thinks I exaggerate? Consider the "Therapy Sessions" after the last few elections where traumatized Bluebloods gathered to shriek, foam and spew at the photo of the man they did not want to be President, and in doing so illustrated their manifest fitness to hold the Fate of the Nation in their hands.
Yes, it has been a golden age for fund raising on the Left. Their coffers overflow with donations and a tithe of that bounty goes to politicians they support.
But one wonders, what happens if the Democrats succeed in their efforts? What happens if the Evil Repugs are driven from the Seats of Power of the Nation?
Simple, the overflowing river of donations dries to a trickle. Where there is no threat, there is no desperation, there is instead a danger of complacency.
The politicians will still need campaign funds, might they not turn to and listen to more moderate sources?
PERISH the THOUGHT
So one is left with a question.
Is it wise for a Party to be so financially dependent on a source of funding,in whose best interest it would be for them to Fail?
I have a picture in my mind of the NGO Fund Raising Gnomes, gathered , plotting how best to maximize their donation efforts.
Smiling and thinking of the Golden Rule.
"He who has the Gold Makes the Rules."
And then explaining to the candidates how they want their money spent.
Telling themselves, "at the end of the Day, when the bitter reality faces our candidates, we can ALWAYS blame it on Karl Rove." ;-)
Bear in mind, for maximum effort the carrot must be placed just beyond the donkey's reach.