Matt voiced his objections and concerns at the time. Ezra Klein had an alternate take that he introduced with some comments I candidly had trouble connecting to Matt's previous points, but that was just my experience.
The meeting was relatively brief and not geared toward having this kind of strategic conversation, from Mrs. Edwards' point of view, and we got as far as we could, with statements of intent all around to follow up. For reasons I don't quite understand yet, Mrs. Edwards people did not do any follow up as they stated they would, though for my part, I did call back to thank them for their hospitality.
All of this recollection is subject to the filter of my own experience and the passing of time. But Matt did try to get his ideas and concerns across during the meeting.
Then, because I felt good about the post, and because it touches to the roots of my latino family, I sent the link to my mother. I talked with her on the phone later, and she said, among other things, "I didn't know whether to be angry or incredibly sad."
Later, after I got off the phone, I had my mother's words floating around my head. I thought of my immigrant grandparents.
And then I cried.
This is not who we are supposed to be. Look what we're doing to these kids and families.
Casey was not the only possible option in PA, though Rendell and the gang were insistent. Santorum was meat no matter what. But the Lamont betrayal, whose details have not yet been fully aired, is unforgiveable, and I'm surprised to see LAmont supporters chucking this down the memory hole.
I know, and in a way, I agree with you. It feels petty. But then, so does the backhanded slight.
These posts live a long time on the Internets. I just don't see how a post that all about giving credit needs to include what comes across as a backhanded dig at a man who's done such incredible, innovative, indefatiguable work. I think Jerome is great; I just think he typed a little thoughtlessly.
"Markos and I used to give Bowers a lot of shit in emails for being too concilitory and not calling a spade and being tough enough, but no more. It's been terrific watching Chris take the lead here and be able to make the whole 'netroots to grassroots' notion a reality in his own life."
Jerome, I know what you're trying to say, but that does not come off like a compliment. If I ever wrote somethng like that about one of our writers or activists at FDL, I'd be called on the carpet for an apology, and my critics would be right.