On the Failure of the Netroots

I've tried to avoid saying anything about all the squawking coming from certain interested parties who say Cuellar's primary win shows the weakness of the netroots and the new thought in Democratic campaigning.  Here's the only thing I really have to say to those who hold that opinion:

Keep thinking it.

I'll see you in 20 years.

Update [2006-3-9 19:35:30 by sethco]: The point of this post, poorly made though it may have been, was to suggest that if people - conservatives and establishment types in particular - mistake netroots campaigns as the whole package, that's good for progressives. Why? Because in the meantime, we will continue to develop new, more effective ways of promoting progressive issues, values, and candidates.

Netroots campaigning will continue to be a successful part of new campaign models, as I think John Edwards's new blog shows, as does Mark Warner's. But it won't be - and was never meant to be - the solution, but an important part of complete strategies.

Tags: campaigns, netroots (all tags)

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Re: On the Failure of the Netroots

I think that failure is too strong, but my comments indicate that I believe that the netroots idea has been oversold, and is at this point merely a marketing device.

by dataguy 2006-03-09 10:16AM | 0 recs
Re: On the Failure of the Netroots

I understand where you're coming from, but I think that the disconnect in our discussion is that I don't think "netroots" was ever supposed to be the silver bullet. I believe netroots is, though, an important part of a new thinking about democratic campaigning.  The point of this post, poorly made though it may have been, was to say that if people - conservatives and establishment types in particular - mistake netroots campaigns as the whole package, that's good for progressives.  Why?  Because in the meantime, we will continue to develop new, more effective ways of promoting progressive issues, values, and candidates.

by sethco 2006-03-09 01:45PM | 0 recs
Re: On the Failure of the Netroots

Thanks for a perfect example of a completely meaningsless and empty diary which should lead to a ban.

by Populism2008 2006-03-09 11:56AM | 0 recs
Re: On the Failure of the Netroots

I don't really understand what this diary is about. So it's probably not a very good diary entry. So what? who's perfect?

by blues 2006-03-09 02:04PM | 0 recs
Re: On the Failure of the Netroots

Must fight urge to vote you a 1... must fight urge... no, seriously, that you would even suggest that this is an "offense" worthy of a ban is ridiculous in the extreme -- could the diary have been more substantive?  Sure.  But so could 99% of the stuff that's ever posted on these here parts of the web -- let's not take our selves too seriously; after all, in part, this is a place for idle chit-chat and for less idle chit-chat.  

by bedobe 2006-03-09 09:21PM | 0 recs

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