Our Roots Project, Texas group has already begun spontaneously to look into this. I'll send you a contact person email, Chris, so you can help them think through the process, maybe. It could be a nice pilot group. They are motivated.
working for Warner and pushing him, and MyDD is his blog. However, I don't know that this translates into any editorial control or influence over what Chris, Matt, Scott or any other front pagers write. I'd recommend and appreciate some comment from Jerome on this, actually.
I agree Warner is not a movement progressive. He is more of a pragmatic, Democratic centrist. I live in Virginia. He was a good governor and he did some good things. I expect that, once the '08 field develops, I'll be favoring other(s), since I am a movement progressive.
I'm willing to give Edwards a look. He has progressive instincts. He just needs to show he knows how to draw blood, and get past the Howdy Doody thing. If he can do that, and recognize his best possible constituency is us, and not the DC media/consultant class, then he could go very far.
The link you quote makes this argument about my writing on this subject:
Furthermore, nothing is accomplished by insane rhetoric, like that from Pachacutec, that accuses the Bush administration of creating the war on terror in order to shred the Constitution and enrich a few people. It's just not supported by facts nor is it supported by the general public. I think the intentions of the Bush administration are in the right place and arguments about what has gone wrong and why should depart from that point.
Notice the attempt to walk back from the failed metaphor of the WoT while leaving the right wing power grab intact. That my argument is not (yet) the majority position is irrelevant as to its truth. As to the truth of my "insane" argument, the writer makes no attempt to grapple with the many links in my piece backing up my writing, nor does he wrestle with Glenn Greenwald's How Would A Patriot Act?, currently under moderated discussion at Firedoglake:
Chris, I tend to agree with the critique of this commenter. Galvanizing people to action means telling a widespread story about a) the problem and b) the solutions. I spend a lit of time organizing netrrots people to action, in a consultative fashion, and this is my take on it.
By setting up an early dynamic of opposition to fruad theories and evidence, Markos and others creatied an unnecessary festering wound. The only way this got partially resolved at dkos was through the leadership of Armando from the front page, issuing his challenge to offer publicity in exchange for credible evidence, and georgia10, who compiled the credible eviidence as it existed at the time. If they had not stepped into the breach to lead, far more community damage would have been done.
I just don't get all this argument about laziness when we, in my view, equally have a responsibility to our online communities to help people put their anger and passion into effective action.
Chris, I think you're making a substantial point about taking action - one I often make in my appeals at Firedoglake for Roots Project volunteers - but not at all examining the role of other leadership to step in and help people organize their efforts. What you've done locally can also be done in our online comunities. But not if front plage bloggers launch preachy screeds about laziness every time this issue comes up.
It may comfort us to vent some spleen, but it incurs a huge opportunity cost, pushing talent and energy away from us when we could be channelling and using it.