First, the bloggers sought a $1.2 million contribution from Meehan. They called him "cheap" when he didn't budge. Next, they ratcheted up the pressure, urging Democrats across the nation to e-mail Meehan. On Tuesday, they trotted out a Meehan supporter who has a son serving in the U.S. military in Iraq and fed the father to the press. The Lowell man implied that if Meehan didn't help the Democratic cause, his son might not come home on schedule. Yesterday, MoveOn.org's coordinator Adam Green sent an e-mail to Meehan's Lowell district manager, saying if Meehan forks over $250,000 "there is still time to make this a net positive instead of a net negative for Meehan."
Looks a lot like blackmail, doesn't it?
And what's more interesting to me: MoveOn has decided to attack someone I'd have described as a natural ally. Unlike those who hysterically scream "Inquisition!" upon being asked questions, this looks a lot more like a test of party purity: in other words, get set for the show trials from these people when they take power.
And you thought Fascism had gone away. Silly you.