There was an article over on the Daily Beast about the decline of the netroots. David Freedlander interviewed the usual people in putting this together, and it’s interesting reading.
Now, however, the Netroots, which were once thought to do to the political left what evangelical Christianity was supposed to do to the professional right, are 10 years old. In that time they vaulted Howard Dean to within a scream of the presidency, helped Democrats take both houses of Congress and several statehouses across the country, and gave the party what many in the movement believed to be some much-needed spine.
But with another critical election two weeks away, politicians, political operatives, and even the bloggers themselves say the Netroots are a whisper of what they were only four years ago, a dial-up modem in a high-speed world, and that the brigade of laptop-wielding revolutionaries who stormed the convention castle four years ago have all but disappeared as a force within the Democratic Party.
The people interviewed gave their take on “what went wrong,” which they attribute to a diverse set of causes. What made it interesting to me was how they – and the reporter – missed the obvious conclusion.
It’s Monday, and (I guess) the end of the Great Daily Kos Boycott. We’ll see how it works out, but as I said, I don’t hold out a lot of hope for any permanent changes over there. On an administrative note, I’ve changed around the organization of my blogroll, after some comments in the previous post. There are blogs I read regularly – if not every day, at least twice a week – and blogs that I read once in a while, or which have an interesting slant. The blogroll now reflects that. What’s been fun has been to watch the DK exiles find out that they’re not alone.
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Last week, Markos Moulitsas conducted a purge of Daily Kos removing a good number of people he considered to be “problems.” What didn’t escape notice was that a good many of the banned were people who pushed back against the “purity” group, posting defenses of the President, and a sizable percentage of the African-American posters. In reaction, a boycott of Daily Kos was called, and at least one very respected community, Criminal Injustice, took itself off of the site entirely. Having read many of the comments regarding this, in addition to being a former Kossack myself – although mine was entirely self-imposed – I have some thoughts on the matter.
Recently, on several blogs, and principally Daily Kos, there has been push back from some about the criticism they’re receiving from many other progressives. What they say, either overtly or walking around it, is that they’re just “demanding that people stand firm on their principles.” Yes, they want Democrats to emulate the Tea Party Republicans, and never compromise. Those of us who accept compromise as a part of the process are considered “weak-spined,” “appeasers,” and “compromising for the sake of compromise.” Right. As if they’re such sterling examples of “standing firm.”
After a few years of listening to the general screaming, moaning, bitching, whining, and intermittent chest-beating of the so-called progressives, I’ve decided to give a list of things that would actually cause me to pay any serious attention to them. It’s not by any means a comprehensive list, just a fairly short list of things they should have been doing to get serious attention by anyone, including politicians.