I would agree with that, I'm just guessing the overall number of posts is from a very small group of people, the same individuals over and over again, and too small a portion of the overall membership to count as part of the netroots.
When Kerry drops out of most polls, his numbers are redistrubted to other name-recognized candidates (Edwards, Obama, Clinton, Gore) and not the credible lesser-knowns like Biden. I imagine Gore is the same way.
I disagree. How many people are posting on those boards versus how many people are members of the group? It's very easy to click "join a group" on Facebook or MySpace and then never look at the group again. In fact, that's what most Facebook users do. They like the group, they join it to support the cause or because it's funny, they have the group name on their profile, and they never actually look at it. MyDD or DailyKos, on the other hand, attract people who actually want to read or disucss; there's no one posting who's uninterested, unlike FB group members. The netrootish people in the group are generally exceptions, not the norm.
I agree with the buzz that MySpace and Facebook are not valid indicators of support. You must remember, MySpace is far more popular than DailyKos or MyDD. It may be on the Internet, but that doesn't mean all its users are members of the "netroots." They may be plagued by the same Obama-Clinton-Who Else Exists? ignorance seen in most of the population. Biden et all don't have "friends" not because they're not supported, but because they're still unknown.
Furthermore, I would imagine many of the candidate's "friends" are minors who can't vote. MySpace is HUGE among high schoolers. Wait until ads start airing and a debate or two has been held to gauge the real support, and don't use MySpace to do it.
A very liberal friend of mine from Chatanooga says he's a moderate all right; the real problem is that he's corrupt. But even if he's not a moderate, he's not pushing the nuclear option and he hasn't said you can catch AIDS from tears. So, yay.
I wound up not going, but will get info from a friend who did.
I, too, am of mixed minds about protests. They're easy for politicians to dismiss; lawmakers aren't in town to see it on a Saturday, and opinion polls tell you more about the overall electorate anyway. But there is an upside: this is a visible symbol to the rest of the world that not all the people of our country stand behind George W. Bush and his policies. Knowing this might make it easier for other countries to respect and listen to us again once we've had a change in leadership. This sort of protest can also give new life and energy and to activists, and could be the last sign a fence-sitter is waiting for.
Agreed - the nation's best leaders are those who build consensus, not shove narrowly popular measures down the throat of a huge population swath. Going 51-49, 49-51, 51-49 is no way to govern. Examples: FDR, Reagan (policies aside, he could lead)
I don't think money is why the Blue Dogs are more powerful than the progressives. If the progressives vote with the Blue Dogs, everyone stays in office. If the Blue Dogs vote with the progressives, we might lose a few November '08. Add in the fact that the progressives are staying Democrats, but Blue Dogs have been known to switch parties when they don't get their way - and with such a slim majority, we can't afford to lose those seats. As wonderful as pushing harder and harder on our priorities is, we must be realistic about what can get done politically. Something the religious right is pretty good about is maintaining a dual political and cultural focus. Progressives could use a bit more of that cultural clarity.
This phenom is real, all right, but I wonder - will it continue if Obama doesn't get the nod? How many of these are Democrats who like Obama, and how many of them are plain voters who like Obama? And if they did vote for a Clinton, Edwards, or Biden, would they volunteer/become activists with the same gusto?
Perhaps Cornyn was putting concisence ahead of the polls. I certainly disagree with his stance on the issue, but I'm not going to ask him to vote against his personal beliefs because he has to run for re-election. And the fact is, he may very well be invincible. Texas isn't as solid Republican as it was a few years ago, but the state Democrats are fairly conservative (ala Connelly), and if they're unable to pick a strong candidate to run against Cornyn soon, they won't have enough time to raise the money they need to beat him.
Sununu - Live Free or Die. The fewer laws, the better. NH voters (I'm in NH now) are more libertarian than anything, though I do imagine this paritcular vote will hurt him.
Anyone who ever thought McCain was a moderate was nuts. He's always rated very high on ACU-type scorecards. He's a maverick, and he's not an idealogue, but neither of those things means he's a moderate. Same with Hagel and apparently Graham.