Sarah Palin has spent much of the past year endorsing conservative, pro-life women and getting a number of others to enter the political fray. Well, Emily’s List, according to an article in Politico, has decided to fight back. This organization, as we all know, is an interest group that seeks to elect pro-choice women to public office. Silly me, I thought that this group had followed Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign to its ultimate demise.
But no, Emily’s List has found a new target for funds from its supporters. They are starting a campaign called ‘Sarah Doesn’t Speak for Me’. They intend to form a website that will publish stories and revealing ‘information’ about female candidates who Sarah has supported. It’s sort of hard to determine what makes this any different from previous Emily’s List campaigns since, according to their spokeswoman, ‘the campaign is national in scope and will focus on helping all the candidates Emily’s List has endorsed this year rather than zeroing in on any specific states or races.’
A counter-group, Susan B. Anthony List, has formed this year in response to Palin’s call to action. This organization supports women candidates who are pro-life. Much as Emily’s List has included itself into the Democratic Party, the SBA List is only supporting pro-life Republicans. Their first target was a bus tour across Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana to pressure Democrats who represent those states who voted for health care reform.
I assume that both groups understand the political truism that once an interest group is subsumed within one political party, it cannot achieve any of its real goals, and instead will be provided with symbolic benefits to appease its membership.