[Well, this is embarrassing: Jeffries of course won his nomination, because the Good Lord looks after fools, drunks, and the United States of America. Everybody have a good laugh at me; I somehow crossed wires on this one. Corrections and annotations below. - Moe Lane]
Politicker has the background. Basically, it went down like this: over in NY-08 the choice for the Democratic nomination was between Hakeem Jeffries and Charles Barron. The major difference between the two was that Mr. Jeffries did not have a history of praising Muammar Qaddafi and Robert Mugabe, calling Israel a terrorist nation, and/or advocating physical attacks on white people*... and while in a civilized party having an opponent who did all these things would pretty much guarantee you the nomination, in the Democratic party none of this is an insurmountable obstacles to a nomination. So, MoveOn.org - like a good little fully-owned subsidiary (and toady) of the Democratic establishment, went full-bore against Mr. Barron. To quote them: "There are some people who don’t belong in elected office. Charles Barron is one of those people." Which is a reasonable statement, no matter what your partisan alignment is, right?
Alas... Charles Barron
won [lost, thank God] his nomination battle, so you'd expect MoveOn.org to then put basic human decency about abjectly pitiful partisanship and start [be happy about it (and never mind backing Republican Alan Bellone)]... HAHAHA! I slay myself. No, of course MoveOn.org went into full reverse and started begging Barron's pardon:
Last month, you received an email from MoveOn about Councilman Charles Barron, a candidate for Congress in your district. It was offensive and inflammatory—and we shouldn’t have sent it.
On behalf of the MoveOn staff, I apologize to you and to the Brooklyn community.
Although I half-believe that apology represents true regret, actually. It must have been quite a strain for MoveOn.org to not cleave to the Jew-hating racist in the first place; being able to go back to Charles Barrons' bigoted embrace must have been fundamentally reassuring to them on, and I use the term fairly loosely, a spiritual level. In that context it's almost a shame that Barron made them crawl like that, but then... it's MoveOn.org. They chose a long time ago to be convenient... receptacles... for their Democratic betters; I can't be expected to respect them if they won't even respect themselves. [Umm... actually, that pretty much can stay the same. In fact, the fact that Barron lost this race reinforces the above paragraph.]
One last note: during their earlier - and possibly? probably? forced - disapproval of Charles Barron, MoveOn.org sought to insult Barron by calling him the dirtiest term in their particular, and rather debased, lexicon ('tea partier'). Two points about that. One, the typical length of time that any filth-mongering racist scum of Barron's caliber would spend at a Tea Party function before being shown the door would be, at best, measured in minutes. Second: while I understand that Moveon.org is upset that the Tea Party gets respect while it does not, I politely suggest that one major reason why this would be so is because the Tea Party's favored reaction to losing a particular internal political fight is not to abjectly surrender. [As well as winning a particular internal political fight, too. Seriously: the more I think about it, the more depraved this Moveon.org apology is. The bad guy lost this primary, remember? So why apologize to him?]
Have a nice day! [Also still true: and, in fact, I am keeping this up on the front page anyway. This is pretty disgusting stuff on MoveOn.org's part, really.]
Moe Lane (crosspost)
*They were also upset that Charles Barron is against same-sex marriage. I happen to disagree with him on that, too - but I'm not seeing where that's even close in equivalence to suggesting that the entire nation of Israel is made up of terrorists. Opposing same-sex marriage is, in point of fact, one of two mainstream positions in American contemporary political thought; while Barron's blind hatred of Israel is a fringe position found only among the most miserable of wretches.