Clark and Dean pump up a crowd that’s a little less giddy
I’m at Netroots Nation, watching speeches from Wesley Clark and Howard Dean. I must say — not to be a downer — that I don’t feel the same sense of giddy excitement in the room this year. There’s less of a sense of "wow, we matter!" and more of a sense of, "hm, what now?" Being inside the political economy is a lot more complicated than being agitators outside of it. The novelty is gone; now it’s a matter of coordinating and power brokering.
I know Kate already mentioned this, but I’ll be on a panel tomorrow at 1:30: "Debunking the Issue Silo Myth: Why the Broader Progressive Movement is Green." If you’d like to watch it live, check out ustream.tv. All the videos will be archived, um, somewhere afterward as well. I’ll let you know.