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Soros sees a tough fight ahead for the Demo-crats in 2006. Interestingly,
The Age of Fallibility,
Soros argues that the principalreason why Democrats must win in 2006 is sothat moderates can recapture the
Party:Because of the way congressionaldistricts have been gerrymandered,capturing the House [by the Demo-crats] will be no easy task in spite of the swing in public opinion againstthe Bush administration. Moreover,the Republican Party is supported bya well-financed conservative move-ment, and the Republican NationalCommittee has an electoral machin-ery that is far superior to that of theDemocratic National Committee…Theultimate objective has to be to recap-ture the Republican Party from theconservative and religious extremistswho now control it….If we are torestore the balance, the extremistsmust be routed. A resounding Demo-cratic victory in 2006 would achievethat.Is that surprising? In 2005 Grover Norquist,president of Americans for Tax Reform, intro-duced Soros as a surprise guest speaker athis celebrated Wednesday morning meetingof the “center-right coalition.” At the meet-ing Soros observed, “I probably would bemost comfortable as a moderate Republican,but [the party] has virtually eliminated itsmoderates.” Later, Norquist reportedly inter-rupted the meeting to reveal that VermontSenator Jim Jeffords, a liberal Republicanturned Independent, had just announcedthat he would not seek re-election. Noted theWashington Times, “Nearly everyone presentbut Mr. Soros broke out in applause.”In 2004, Soros was a big believer in large-scale get-out-the-vote drives. In that elec-tion cycle, Soros won global notoriety byspending, according to most estimates, morethan $27 million to mobilize voters. This pushfocused on what are known as 527 politicalaction committees, which derive their namefrom a part of the U.S. tax code.A 527 group is permitted to accepted unlim-ited contributions and use these towardsadvocacy efforts such as voter mobilizationand political advertising – provided it re-frains from working directly with a politicalparty. Three 527s benefited most from Soros:the Joint Victory Campaign ($12 million),America Coming Together, or ACT, ($7.5million), and MoveOn.org ($2.5 million). [Formore information, see www.opensecrets.org.]MoveOn.org is the 527 that in 2004 helpedcirculate a video that juxtaposed PresidentBush’s image with a speech by Adolf Hitler.Another video circulated by MoveOn.orgused similar imagery accompanied by thewords: “What were war crimes in 1945 isforeign policy in 2003.”Even in an age of attack ads, this is 150-proof stuff. But it pales in comparison toSoros’s own in-your-face approach. In aWashington Post op-ed that appeared inDecember 2003, Soros wrote: “If Americansreject the president’s policies at the polls, wecan write off the Bush Doctrine as a tempo-rary aberration and resume our rightful placein the world. If we endorse those policies, weshall have to live with the hostility of theworld and endure a vicious cycle of escalat-ing violence.” Nearly three years after thisprediction, violence persists, but the U.S. hasfaced no repeat of 9/11. However, this has notdeterred Soros, who continues to argue thatBush policies create violence rather thanforestall it.In September Harold Meyerson, a Wash-ington Post columnist and editor of the leftistAmerican Prospect magazine, examined theDemocrats’ voter mobilization strategy andnoted that Soros-linked 527s play a muchsmaller role in November’s contest.“The most important Democratic player inturning out the base in 2004 can’t point to ahigher level of activity this year,” wroteMeyerson. “Indeed, it has ceased to existaltogether. America Coming Together(ACT)…which pushed Democratic turnoutto record, if insufficient highs in [variousstates], died a quiet death last year when [topfunders George Soros and Peter Lewis] pulledthe plug.”Apparently the billionaire decided hismoney was not well spent. That month, speak-ing to an audience assembled in Washing-
Soros’s decision to cut off funding for‘527’ groups has alienated key Demo-crats like Congressman RahmEmanuel (above).