Netroots Power, Local Races, Young Candidates
by billfrick, Thu Sep 08, 2005 at 09:47:30 AM EDT
In my view, we are seeing netroots activism infiltrate deeper into politics. At the first stage, it took over the biggest race of all, the Presidential campaign. Next, it has moved into critical, high-profile federal races. With the leadership of the guys at MyDD, Kos, SwingState, ActBlue and others, the Hackett race became a watershed event.
I think that netroots progressives can make a huge difference by also looking at the state and local level. I created DemBench LLC as a 527 that would identify promising young Democrats and showcase them for the online progressive community for support. With just a fraction of the support that Hackett and other federal candidates have received, we could be putting these people on the map. $10K is an entry fee at the federal level, but it's a lifeline in a City Council race. The netroots community could be the equalizer that allows young progressives to be competitive with older, more entrenched candidates.
That's the vision and the idea. But like any good online project, it will be much better with community input and involvement. I'd love your thoughts on how to get from here to there -- what we need to offer the netroots community, what the pitfalls are, and how to build credibility and support among the target audience, so as to provide the maximum boost to our stable of young pols.
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