Name One Race the "netroots" has won?
by mrgavel, Wed Dec 07, 2005 at 04:51:34 PM EST
Like many readers of blogs, I am fascinated by the ease of communication that the internet provides. It is cheap and capable of reaching millions of people at a fraction of the cost of other means of communication. Having said that, however, I have to ask this question: other than raising money for candidates, what has the netroots accomplished? More importantly, in the context of political campaigns, what campaign has it won?
Although internet activists fueled the Dean campaign, that campaign didn't win. Although it fueled the Hackett campaign, that campaign didn't win. Those are the two most prominent campaigns that netroots activists have engaged in, at least as far as I can recall, and neither one of them resulted in a victory.
Indeed are the netroots actually counterproductive when it comes to political organizing? Do internet activists spend all their time talking to each other instead of building alliances that will result in political victory? Or am I missing something?