After Senator Schumer came out against the Iran deal, because New York getting nuked would interfere with his political prospects, MoveOn, which had failed to move on after defending Clinton, announced that it was seeking a donor strike.
MoveOn didn’t bother reading what Schumer actually wrote or even linking to his position, because then their echo chamber might have to cope with points like…
In the first ten years of the deal, there are serious weaknesses in the agreement. First, inspections are not “anywhere, anytime”; the 24-day delay before we can inspect is troubling. While inspectors would likely be able to detect radioactive isotopes at a site after 24 days, that delay would enable Iran to escape detection of any illicit building and improving of possible military dimensions (PMD) — the tools that go into building a bomb but don’t emit radioactivity.
Furthermore, even when we detect radioactivity at a site where Iran is illicitly advancing its bomb-making capability, the 24-day delay would hinder our ability to determine precisely what was being done at that site.
Even more troubling is the fact that the U.S. cannot demand inspections unilaterally. By requiring the majority of the 8-member Joint Commission, and assuming that China, Russia, and Iran will not cooperate, inspections would require the votes of all three European members of the P5+1 as well as the EU representative. It is reasonable to fear that, once the Europeans become entangled in lucrative economic relations with Iran, they may well be inclined not to rock the boat by voting to allow inspections.
Even more importantly, the agreement would allow Iran, after ten to fifteen years, to be a nuclear threshold state with the blessing of the world community. Iran would have a green light to be as close, if not closer to possessing a nuclear weapon than it is today…
After ten years, it can be very close to achieving that goal, and, unlike its current unsanctioned pursuit of a nuclear weapon, Iran’s nuclear program will be codified in an agreement signed by the United States and other nations. To me, after ten years, if Iran is the same nation as it is today, we will be worse off with this agreement than without it.
So MoveOn seriously addressed these points. In some alternative universe maybe. No, they ranted that Schumer was an evil warmongering Jew who unacceptably deviated from the Party.
It is outrageous and unacceptable that the Democrat who wants to be the party’s leader in the Senate is siding with the Republican partisans and neoconservative ideologues who are trying to scrap this agreement and put us on the path to war.
This is Obama without any of the niceities. But then MoveOn went right to the anti-Semitic dog whistles.
“Our country doesn’t need another Joe Lieberman in the Senate.”
Not John Kerry, Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton, who voted for the Iraq War. Joe Lieberman. What do Lieberman and Schumer have in common? Oh right, they’re both Jews. It’s telling where MoveOn’s brain goes to.
So MoveOn sagely and wisely shrieked, “Don’t give the Jews any money!”
In response to Senator Schumer’s decision to side with partisan war hawks, MoveOn.org’s 8 million members are immediately launching a Democratic Party donor strike. We will organize grassroots progressives across the country to withhold campaign contributions from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and from any Democratic candidate who succeeds in undermining the president’s diplomacy with Iran.
Because the DSCC is notorious for its dependency on “grass roots fundraising”.
Senator Schumer’s donor base doesn’t overlap much with MoveOn’s donor base consisting of…
1. People who think Bush did 9⁄11
2. Howard Dean’s book club
3. That unshaven guy in your neighborhood who smells funny
4. George Soros
And Schumer made this move to protect his own donor sources which are going to be a lot more useful to the DSCC than MoveOn’s 8 million member network, 7.9 million of whom have been putting its hysterical emails in their spam folder since 1999.