Here”s a great way to block conservative nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court: Have a party!

That’s the strategy of, the group that did so well last year blocking a conservative nominee from being re-elected president of the United States? One of MoveOn’s extremely successful pre-election strategies to defeat George Bush the Evil was to urge its members to have parties at their houses, invite all their friends (and even some strangers) who were ideologically just like them–and have a blast! That would surely generate some votes for Dem candidate John F. Kerry.

Now, MoveOn is doing it again, with even more house parties designed to persuade the Senate not to ratify any Bush nominees who don’t meet with “progressive” approval. And oh, man! Remember all those depressed Dems who threw things at the television set and signed up for therapy after Election Day last November? They’re depressed no more! Washington Post reporter Hanna Rosin files a delicious report on how having a party can make a big, fat difference in the way you feel:

“‘It’s like the Howard Dean days,’ says a lady who is standing over by the pool, eating a piece of sushi. And in form, at least, it is: groups of strangers meeting in suburban back yards or tiny downtown apartments on a Saturday night, telling stories of ‘how I got involved,’ resuscitating that common enemy from the heady pre-election days, known in these circles as ‘the fascist government’ or ‘the people destroying this country’ or sometimes simply ‘Them.'”

Here’s Rosin’s description of of one of the MoveOn hosts, Chuck Fazio of Mt. Vernon, Va.:

“So now he finds himself host to his own mini-movement in his backyard. He is barefoot, waving a water bottle, sweating with the heat and his own excitement:

“‘Enough is enough These people are scary and they’re trying to take over. They’ve got to be stopped. I mean, the jig is up, man. These people cannot continue to lie because we know the whole story now.'”

And here are some of the guests:

“At Fazio’s party, guests get to say why they came. One talks about the nature of liberalism, another about being comfortable with yourself. They are drifting. ‘Folks, we really want to focus on the Supreme Court,? Fazio reminds them for the second time.

Here’s another party, in Washington, D.C.:

“Here, too, the guests go around and explain what brought them here. They pass around a lime, and only the person holding it gets to talk. One woman is from a family of activists and complains about the ‘fascist administration.’ A man from Iceland says he feels ‘sorry for you Americans.’ A teacher says she is ‘more and more scared about what’s happening to our country.'”

Doncha wish you hadn’t missed out on the fun?