THE PLANK MAY 31, 2007
MoveOn runs radio ads against Michigan Sen. Carl Levin. Here's some of the script:
woman: It's sad.man: I just feel let down.another woman: I expected more from him.announcer: They're talking about our Senator, Carl Levin. We were so proud when he voted against going to war in Iraq, proud when he became Chairman
of the Senate Armed Services Committee. But that pride has turned into disappointment. ... Isn't it time for Carl Levin to make us proud again?
I knew the base was extremely displeased with Levin's unwillingness to back Feingold's resolution limiting war funding, but I don't quite get MoveOn's calculation here. Levin is incredibly beloved in Michigan, and it's not likely such ads could seriously damage him heading into '08. He's also proven to be one of the senators most resistant to the base's pressure on Iraq; being an object of severe contempt on the blogs doesn't seem to have touched him. It seems to me the ad money would be better spent against Sununu types.