Boy, does this sound familiar:
While conservatives say they know they have little chance of defeating Mr. Obama’s choice because Democrats control the Senate, they say they hope to mount a fight that could help refill depleted coffers and galvanize a movement demoralized by Republican electoral defeats.
“It’s an immense opportunity to build the conservative movement and identify the troops out there,” said Richard A. Viguerie, a conservative fund-raiser. “It’s a massive teaching moment for America. We’ve got the packages written. We’re waiting right now to put a name in.”
That’s exactly what NARAL did when Sandra Day O’Connor retired:
"NARAL Pro-Choice America surpassed its fundraising goals in the hours following Justice O’Connor’s announcement," said President Nancy Keenan. Donors "are deeply concerned that President Bush will choose to further divide this nation by nominating a radical right-wing conservative."
Moderation is not the tone of fundraising appeals in the nomination contest. "This is big, people. Huge," NARAL wrote to supporters. "It’s true, there is no freedom without choice. Without choice, we are not free."
After sending out a bazillion lizard-brained fearmongering direct mail flyers and raising heaps of cash, NARAL proceeded to sit on their hands for the Alito fight. After the Gang of 14 cleared the way for his confirmation, they announced that they didn’t consider cloture votes "significant," and had their members thank Lieberman and Chafee for their subsequent "no" votes on the floor.
Many liberals at the time refused to act like suckers and called them out for manipulating people and using them like ATMs. I wonder if anyone on the right will have that kind of clarity this time around.
Because this one just has "sucker" written all over it.