Byron York, author of The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy (use my Amazon link, PLEASE) discusses the rising influence of MoveOn.org in the column linked above. Here's a telling excerpt:
MoveOn was started by the husband-and-wife software entrepreneurs Wes Boyd and Joan Blades. In a conversation last fall, Blades told me it began one day in 1998 when she and Boyd were having lunch in a Chinese restaurant near Berkeley, Calif., where they live. They were discussing the Clinton impeachment battle, then raging in Washington, and concluded that Republicans seemed to have gone crazy.
They found that everyone in the restaurant agreed with them. "We were hearing another table where people were saying, 'How can we be doing this?' " Blades told me. "We were just hearing all around us, 'This is crazy.' "
On the basis of that polling in one of the bluest areas of the United States, Boyd and Blades decided to create MoveOn. "Using e-mail and the Web, we can focus a broad and deep consensus in the American public into action," they wrote.
And the efficacy of MoveOn's approach? It has failed to reach its electoral goals in 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2004.