NARAL: Trolling for a New Generation of Suckers
At least now we know why NARAL endorsed Obama. From The Politico (emphasis mine):
In an interview with Politico, NARAL President Nancy Keenan said the group’s nine-member political action committee chose Obama after extensive deliberation that included studying the two Democratic candidates’ delegate counts (both pledged and superdelegates), their viability in a matchup against the presumptive Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain, and their cash on hand.
I feel so much better knowing that they are so committed to supporting my rights that they essentially sold their endorsement to Obama. And it wasn't just a chance to raise money, it was also a chance to tell long time supporters to go fuck themselves:
But there was something larger at work in this endorsement, Keenan said. “Right now, when you have the mobilization of a new generation of people coming and participating in this democracy, there’s a moment when they are listening, and in my judgment, they are listening now.”
But back to those dwindling coffers. Perhaps the reason NARAL's PAC doesn't have all that much cash is it does a lousy job advocating for its ONE ISSUE. From Jane Hamsher's classic takedown:
And what did they do with all that cash? They sat on it and didn't do a damn thing, didn't lift a finger to fight Samuel Alito. Worse yet, when the Gang of 14 decided to vote in favor of cloture, they said that they did not consider cloture votes "significant" and would not be considering them in their scorecard. They then went on to add insult to injury by asking their membership to thank Lincoln Chafee and Joe Lieberman for the beatings they delivered with their "aye" cloture vote by pretending that their "nay" floor votes were significant. They then poured salt into the wound by endorsing both "short ride" Lieberman and Chafee over their opponents who made it clear that they would not have voted for cloture for Alito, which gave us the 5-4 decision we have today.
Don't reward failure. Tell your friends. Don't give money to NARAL when they come knocking on your door to tell you that choice is going down the crapper unless you give them a lot of money, because what you'll be giving money for is Nancy Keenan's ability to point her little pinky over tea at Washington cocktail parties and tut-tut over the state of choice in this country at the hands of the fundamentalists. She'll take no responsibility for the fact that NARAL will not fight, will not back those that fight, and worse yet, that NARAL sucks up all the pro-choice money so nobody else can mount a meaningful fight, either.
Big surprise. NARAL does a lousy job defending choice, loses its donor base and then decides to remedy the situation by further pissing off its donor base. Hell, even Obama supporters thought it was stupid. From that Politico article:
Even some Obama supporters, while ultimately believing that their candidate is the strongest on these issues, were unhappy with its handling, said Conlin. “The supporters of Obama that I know on our board and in our membership thought it was ill-timed and ill-advised and really antithetical to people coming together in common purpose to beat John McCain,” she said.
Given the “massive healing” needed to keep Clinton’s staunchest women supporters in the fold should Obama become the nominee, Conlin said, the endorsement was like “throwing a flaming spear into a tinderbox of raw emotion.”
That doesn't matter, however, because Nancy has hooked NARAL up to the Obama cash machine. Of course, I fully expect the Obama donors to get the same level of service (read: pathetic) the old donors got.
NARAL sucks or at least its national PAC does. Don't give it a dime. This is not about its Obama endorsement, this is about it trying to replace one group of suckers who paid for lousy advocacy with another.
(h/t commenter IzikLA at Talk Left)