Air America was formed specifically to be a counter to what many Liberals view as an overwhelming bias towards the Right in talk radio. So far, AA has not only failed in its core mission to reach listeners and get the Liberal word out, but they’ve also embroiled themselves in a scandal that will probably pound the final nail in their coffin.
America Coming Together was supposed to be a way for the Left to invigorate itself, soliciting donations and encouraging voter turnout to defeat the Republicans at the last election. The organization performed brilliantly and met all of the stated goals beyond expectations. Voter turnout was the greatest this country has ever seen in raw numbers. The only problem is that the Democrats lost anyway. ACT is currently in the initial stages of shutdown, and it appears that no one will try and save the organization.
Now the Liberals are trying a new strategy. A group calling itself The Democracy Alliance has recently been formed, and they’ve garnered the support of several rich Liberal donors. According to the news item linked to above, it would appear that DA is going to have at least $80 million donated to it over the next 5 years. The goal of the organization is to increase that to $200 million, which is exactly the same amount that ACT managed to raise during the last Presidential campaign.
The reason they need all this money, the organizers say, is because the Republicans have more money than the Democrats. They specifically need to set up Liberal think tanks in order to counter the influence that Republicans have over public policy through their own Right-leaning think tanks. Sort of closing the think tank gap, as it were.
To be frank, I have no idea how much money is spent to promote either ideology. I would have to say, however, that it seems that the Democrats would have an advantage over the Republicans. For one thing, the Democrats always take pride in their grass roots initiatives, such as the Million Mom March.
(It’s true that MMM failed, like so many efforts by the Democrats to get people fired up about their ideas. But it’s a good example of how they seem to be able to whip up huge demonstrations and public displays of support with very little trouble or preparation time.)
Media coverage is also consistently favorable towards Liberal ideals while any idea that smacks of the Right is treated with mild hostility at the very least. Something tells me that no one bothered to ask how much it would cost if America enjoyed a truly non-partisan press and the Dems had to pay a PR firm for their positive exposure.
In this article at NRO, Byron York discusses the role that America Coming Together played in the last Presidential election. York says that the main idea behind the formation of ACT was a perception by the Democrats that they needed to get more money in order to counter Republican advantages. All they had to do was spend more, get the message out, and the voters will come to the polls and pull the handle for their side. Except, of course, that it didn’t happen that way.
The Left has been doing the same thing for the past 30 years. The same old talking points, the same old causes, the same strategies for winning elections. They don’t seem to realize that the world has moved on. They’re losing elections and becoming ever more insignificant, not because there’s a problem with their skills at organizing, but because the majority of Americans are rejecting their message. Forming new groups so they can solicit more donations from rich Liberals, and endlessly repackaging the same ideology, won’t change that.
I wonder how things are going to turn out for DA. Either it will fold in a year or two like ACT just did, or else the wealthy donors will keep it going for awhile after they come to the realization that changing the acronym won’t make a difference.