Netroots AWOL? Huh?


    ( – promoted by lowkell)

    For those who don’t know, I am a Republican blogger.  But I think the denizens of the blogosphere should look out for each other, and when I saw this piece by Daniel Lyons I just had think, “well, that’s horses**t”.

    Lyons argues that the Netroots abandoned Obama.  From where I watched it was the other way around. Clearly the Netroots-when allowed-slugged away for progressive candidates of their choice.  A prime example is Blue Virginia, where every effort was made to re-elect Tom Perriello.

    I suspect this article reflects what will be an ongoing tendency in US politics. The Netroots/Rightroots operate at an emotional level, sharing information and motivating activists, who in turn motivate and turn out  voters. The MSM and internet savvy folks who don’t understand the need to motivate activists and the ability of The Roots to do so, will continually undersell their importance and give less than full credit to their activities and efforts.


    UPDATE by Lowell: Thanks to “rightosphere” blogger Bwana of Renaissance Ruminations for posting here. We don’t agree on a lot of things, but I’ve always admired him for his writing ability (superb) and his intelligence (also superb). His political judgment, on the other hand… 🙂  In all seriousness, though, Bwana’s a smart, sane conservative, and I’m always interested to hear what he has to say.  On this topic, I tend to agree with him. If you’re interested, see the comments section for my semi-long, semi-rambling response to his diary. Thanks.