You know, I was saying this in the comments last night, but I really think this whole Senate vote to censure MoveOn.org and President Bush’s pissy little meltdown may end up being the best thing that’s ever happened to them. This came in my email today:
Dear MoveOn member,
Yesterday, an amazing thing happened. After the Senate’s shameful vote, and after President Bush called MoveOn “disgusting,”1 our email started to fill up with messages like this one:
I’m currently in Iraq. I do not agree with this war, and if I did support this war, it would not matter. You have the RIGHT to speak the truth. We KNOW that you support us. Thank you for speaking out for being our voice. We do not have a voice. We are overshooted by those who say that we soldiers do not support organizations like MoveOn. WE DO.
YOU ARE OUR voice.
And then came the donations. By midnight, over 12,000 people had donated $500,000—more than we’ve raised any day this year—for our new ad calling out the Republicans who blocked adequate rest for troops headed back to Iraq.
The message from MoveOn members was loud and clear: Don’t back down. Take the fight back to the issues that matter.
For you see, every time the Bush administration demonizes an opponent, an angel gets its wings.
There is so much seething anti-war sentiment in this country, and the Vichy Dems in Congress are assuredly not representing the will of the people. Someone has to speak for us. It looks like MoveOn has stepped up to the plate.
Like everything else the Bush junta attempts, they’ve made a complete cock-up of the tarring and feathering of MoveOn. In fact, they may as well have anointed them with oil and crowned them with laurel leaves.
BushCo needs to learn what smart bloggers know. You don’t open fire at someone less powerful than yourself unless you want everyone to see you fighting nose to nose, on the same level. By personally attacking MoveOn, President Bush has raised their profile in a way that they would have had to pay a PR firm millions of dollars to do. He has forcibly thrust them into every living room in America.
And by god, that jumped-up piece of rich Connecticut trailer-trash has demonstrated the business acumen he was known for in the private sector by doing it pro bono.
What a mensch.
More of the emails received by MoveOn after the jump.
All day, messages from vets and military family members kept pouring into our email, many of them aimed at the Senate:
I have given a son to this country. My brother, my father, my uncle have all served honorably and bravely. I am a loyal American. I am outraged and sick to death of the tactics this administration uses to try to silence dissent to a war that is unjust, built and maintained on lies, political power, and greed. I was content to let others fight more loudly, but no more.
–Sharyn W., NC
I am a prior soldier who served in Iraq for 13 months, and am now an expecting mom with a husband who is deployed in Baghdad. I don’t think I can ever forgive the Bush administration for the lies that tricked America into this war and hurt my family so badly. I am ashamed of those American politicians who would condemn an organization for practicing the Freedom of Speech that so many soldiers have died for.
–Danielle B., OH
As a US Navy veteran and an Iraq war veteran of over a year I want to ask, What has happened to us? What has happened to our voice? Where is this country going with stopping free speech and free press? … Every time I think of the long nights I had in Anbar remembering what I was fighting for, well here it is….
–Ahmad H., LA
These folks have made sacrifices many of us can’t imagine. Their charge to us was clear: keep speaking the truth about how President Bush and the Republicans have betrayed our trust.