Most netroots people I know are fairly center-leftish. My favorite thing that Kos guy ever said was when he talked about being a reform democrat who is practical, not far-left at all.
That's pretty much most of the dems I know.
If I believe in my president's cause, I mean deeeply and passionately believe in it, I will stand by him no matter the setback or the poll numbers.
It was always obvious that Bush's ferverous supporters would never have the guts or the balls to stick it out with this war.
This was proven about last year when his poll numbers started dropping on bad Iraq news and local republicans around here just gave up on the guy like the chickenshits they are.
History will show that the loudest supporters of this war never had the spine to stick it out.
Thomas Franks book made me want to jump in the bath and slit my wrists.
I read that he is writing a "What's the Matter with Liberals"-ish book. Great. Just what the party needs, more wrist-slittingly depressive self-loathing from public figures.
That chapter was truly great! Fire the consultants and Bob "0-8" Shrum! I was concerned that the book overall would be all problem and no solution, but for every screw-up of the party you listed, if not specific fixes are proposed, you at least attempted to grab the head of the donkey and point it in the proper direction which was cool.
I knew I would enjoy it when you opened it up with that great quote from the Santorum political rally.
The people at PLAN and a few other places seem to be beginning to try and put together and push a grand progressive vision for the country. That you addressed the need for this (and not just a list of policy agendas, etc.) was truly great and needed.
My favorite parts of the book were where you proposed repeatedly that it is not sufficient to play defense and win. We have to take on republican institutions of power, not just match their strength but trump them. With an aggressive, hopeful & grand progressive vision to guide the party, we can take the fight to their homefield.
Also enjoyed you calling out the interest groups fighting in 2006 like it was still 1983.
But you did it in a constructive way.
If there is a reason why most people feel the Democrats in DC have no ideas and no message, let me tell you it isn't because the RNC taught them that. It's because Democrats in DC keep repeating over and over that they have no message and no ideas.
I love your qoute about the mythical Dem leader.
If there is a lack of leadership in that town, it is only because our leaders refuse to lead.