by goplies, Wed Feb 22, 2006 at 02:39:25 AM EST
Call for Volunteers and support for the upcoming events of Easter week
[Please post/distribute this widely to your networks, lists and
We at The Crawford Peace House are excited about setting up Camp Casey
at Easter for a five-day action to end the war as well as a celebration
of the third anniversary of the Peace House.
by Chris Bowers, Tue Feb 21, 2006 at 10:03:19 AM EST
Here are some quick hitters. Of course, you can always see Breaking Blue
for more of these:
- Remember to contribute to the netroots candidates over at ActBlue: Ciro Rodriguez, Ned Lamont, Francine Busby, Jon Tester and BlogPac. I have given $50 to each of these candidates, except for Ned Lamont, to whom I gave $250. It is not that I favor Ned Lamont over the other causes, just that he is running in a district five times larger than Tester, Busby and Rodriguez.
You will also note that all of the campaigns listed on the netroots page are special elections, Democratic primaries, or blogosphere infrastructure. I think that this is a smart tactic. The blogosphere and the netroots always do better when most of the country isn't playing, so primaries and special elections are great chances for us to make a big impact.
- Larry Sabato has his new listing of the fifty closest House races for 2006. It is pretty similar to my House forecast. Right now, Sabato sees Democratic gains of 5-10, which is only slightly less optimistic than my forecast of Democrats gaining twelve seats.
- Democratic recruitment for the House continues to excel. Already, Democrats have candidates for at least 382 House districts, and possibly as many at 390 (eight are listed as questionable according to Barry Welsh). That is a larger number seats than Democrats ran candidates in 1998. The Democratic best on this front since 1994 has been only 401 seats, so we look pretty well set to pass that. The Republican best was 419 seats challenged in 1994, and I would really, really like to beat that.
- Interestingly, of the 45 districts where there is definitely no Democratic challenger at this point in time, 27 of them are in the eleven states that once made up the Confederacy, and another 4 are in border-states Oklahoma and Missouri. Overall, 31 of the 94 Republican held seats in these thirteen states definitely do not have a Democratic challenger as of this writing. By comparison, only 14 of the 138 Republican held seats outside of these thirteen states definitely do not have a Democratic challenger, as of this writing. Our fifty-state strategy is clearly lagging in the South. This has to change.
- Over at the Agonist, Sean Paul comments on the two-faced nature of the established news media's attitude toward bloggers
- Dave Johnson has some interesting thoughts on how to create a change election. By contrast, Sterling Newberry doesn't think that a change election is possible for Dems in 2006.
- The Progressive Legislative Action Network has launched. This is a new organization that could make a huge difference in our national fortunes over the long term.
- Yearlykos has announced its comprehensive agenda and has started fundraising. Help it out.
- Democrats remain 7-9 points up in generic congressional ballots, and Bush's job approval remains in the low-forties. Both of these metrics are past the points I forecast they need to be in order for Dems to retake control of the House, but just barely.
So, what else in on your mind?
by goplies, Fri Feb 17, 2006 at 04:22:03 PM EST
Ok Scott, I read your post and I read about the controversy of Upper Level Bloggers vs Average Joe's. What you all seem to be missing is that the majority of us simply want to share information. We are, in a sense, human servers dedicated to politics and various other interests. We interact with communities which you have no connections with, we have different resources, sources, and networks. As such we seek to be recognized when we bring something we feel is important into the discussion. It is not every day that I send an email to one of you. In fact I have sent a total of 5 emails to the various upper level bloggers and only one ever received an answer. It was from Chris Bowers who was kind enough to respond with some good advice.
We don't want a writing position with some godforsaken corporate interest. We don't want to be stuffed shirt politicians. We simply want our politicians to listen to us, the American people. And if our Progressive Leaders won't even listen to us, what chance do we have of gaining the ear of a larger audience. It is your responsibility, like it or not, to listen and interact. Deal with it.
In our minds as soon as you start making money off of your audience or because of your audience, you have ceased to be a part of the revolution and have simply found yourself a niche market. We don't want physical upward movement, we want to see advancement of our ideas, words and actions by you, the top level bloggers.
by costanzageorgia, Fri Feb 17, 2006 at 03:30:31 AM EST
I found this diary at Daily Kos. I have heard the same story from multiple sources, so I know it is true. Sad, but true.
Sherrod Brown's swiftboating Paul Hackett was just the latest in a long line of Rovian tactics by a supposed progressive. Before this, Brown managed to get Ohio's most popular blogger fired just because he dared post the truth about Brown's campaign.
Awhile back, Buckeye Politics, the most popular blog in Ohio, went dark. There was no indication why. Here's the real story.
According to numerous sources inside and outside the campaign, Sherrod Brown directed his staff to do opposition research on a local blogger (among other folks who opposed Brown).
They turned up past legal issues on the blogger. Then they pitched the story to every news outlet in Cleveland. They even faxed the information to a radio station when the blogger was supposed to appear.
by Chris Bowers, Wed Feb 15, 2006 at 06:40:25 AM EST
Yesterday, in a longer post about class and progressive activists
, I hoped that the anger in the netroots over Paul Hackett demonstrated to the established news media are more partisan than ideological, and certainly are not hard left. Later yesterday, I wrote a post arguing that what the progressive netroots wants in Democratic candidates is also what the general public wants
. Now, I would like to point out that the topics and issues the netroots focuses on are the same issues on which the general public and / or the Democratic Party is focused.
To demonstrate this point, just check out the most popular subject tags at Dailykos
- 1. George W. Bush (4717)
- 2. Iraq (3482)
- 3. Samuel Alito (1362)
- 4. Democrats (1161)
- 5. 2006 (1151)
- 6. Republicans (1138)
- 7. Dick Cheney (1121)
- 8. Supreme Court (1079)
- 9. Karl Rove (909)
- 10. Congress (879)
- 11. PlameGate (863)
- 12. Senate (833)
- 13. NSA (827)
- 14. media (821)
- 15. war (819)
- 16. Jack Abramoff (800)
- 17. Patrick Fitzgerald (750)
- 18. torture (742)
- 19. scooter libby (734)
- 20. Hurricane Katrina (731)
- 21. Valerie Plame(729)
- 22. Recommended (699)
- 23. ELECTIONS (641)
- 24. Tom DeLay (620)
- 25. filibuster (565)
- 26. corruption (555)
- 27. impeachment (545)
- 28. Iraq War (543)
- 29. Bush Administration (492)
- 30. CIA (473)
Dailykos has long been the best place to go in order to get a sense of what direction the netroots are taking. What strikes me about this list is how utterly normal it is. This list shows a particular emphasis on five topics: general Bush administration, elections, Iraq, the judiciary and corruption. In the world of politics, it is difficult to get any more normal than that. Everyone knows that Iraq is the number issue on the mind of the electorate
, and had been for some time. Everyone has also known for some time that Democrats are going to run on a "culture of corruption" theme. Also, talking about elections and the Bush administration is just par for the course in politics these days. Perhaps the progressive netroots are far more focused on the udciary than the electorate as a whole, but we are still nowhere near as focused on it as conservatives and the conservative netroots are.
Mainstream issues, mainstream candidates, and mainstream ideology. For all our carping about the "MSM" (and I really hope we can all dump that term), it turns out that within the world of politics, we, the progressive netroots are as mainstream as any institution comes.