by Jerome Armstrong, Mon Jul 09, 2007 at 09:44:43 AM EDT
LOL, OpenLeft gives the Open Diss to MyDD by not including this website in their blogroll, but I'm glad that Chris was able to come on MyDD to tout the launch. As Ari Melber writes, it's a partnership between someone that's been a player in the more traditional liberal groups, Mike Lux, and Bowers and Stoller, coming out of the blogosphere. As long as Stoller can self-edit himself of name-calling; the blog can resist ideological purity rants that claim moral authority; and PFAW will financially support it; it will be successful.
It seems that Lux is enaged in a bit of revisionist history, in claiming that the "birth of a movement" one which blogs like MyDD and DailyKos are involved in, actually has it's roots in the 1990's effort Lux and his "colleagues at PFAW and a few Clintonites like Carville and Stan Greenberg" were doing. Who knew!
The notion that Moveon's petition is the birth, which Stoller has also voiced, is less suspect, but needs a clarification and historical education. I was online at the time, and remember the online petiton. It was decidingly non-partisan, as was the original slogan to "Censure and Moveon". It was presented with web pages that had moderate Republicans partnering with the effort. The Moveon that has evolved out of that time is a very different language.
The general gist of this, of people-powered politics and organizing outside of the traditional political structure, is much more accurate while talked about in 'waves' of involvement, rather than a birth. And each wave has things that were not involved previously.
I tire of all this "movement" language altogether; besides, move over, we are all beached; Obama owns the movement now.