Much of the media is focusing on the fractures within the Republican Party while ignoring the potentially more devastating gulf widening between the Democratic Party and Democratic women. In this brilliantly angry article in Salon, Kate Harding reports that progressive women and their organizations (which direct nearly all their political contributions to the Democrats) are disgusted with the Party's eagerness to trade away women's rights--and gay rights and real health care reform--to gratify the reactionaries in the Party. The Democratic Party, in approving the Stupak-Pitts amendment has made itself indistinguishable from the GOP on matters which has defined the Party for the last 40+ years. Why, then, should women -- and gays and single-payer advocates -- continue to support a Party which has removed nearly all the reasons for support?
And it's not just the women -- or just the staunchest pro-choicers -- who are fed up with Democrats who act exactly like Republicans did before their party moved so far right it landed on a different planet. Kos... is reminding people today that donations to the DCCC will support Democrats who "voted for the Stupak-Pitts coathanger amendment," as well as anti-healthcare reform ones. Moveon.org is also going after Democrats who voted against the bill. And gay rights activists have launched a "Don't Ask, Don't Give" campaign, encouraging progressives "to no longer donate to the DNC, Organizing for America, or the Obama campaign until the President and the Democratic party keep their promises to the gay community, our families, and our friends." Suddenly, for a host of different reasons, progressives are sending the message that we will not support these people if they keep breaking their promises and acting against our interests.