The Daily Beast: RIP, Netroots (2001-2012).

This is going to be the funniest goram thing that you read all day:

Netroots Bloggers Mark 10th Birthday in Decline and Struggling for Survival

What began 10 years ago as a network of progressive bloggers offering a voice they thought missing from the mainstream press has all but disappeared as a force in the Democratic Party, David Freelander reports.

At least, if you’re somebody like me.  And sometimes these posts get to be just for somebody like me.  I don’t think that this is an unreasonable desire, yes?

Executive summary: once upon a time, there were a bunch of Lefty bloggers.  They met online, created an organization, cheerleaded the Democrats when the Democrats retook Congress in 2006… then supposedly fell apart in 2008 because of Obama – HEY!  Stop rolling your eyes – and are now all disorganized and life sucks and nobody’s around anymore and Daily Kos sucked up all the resources used by all the smaller blogs (for which on the VRWC we deeply appreciate the Daily Kos doing) and everything’s on Facebook and Twitter and blah blah blah.  Instructive, it is, that neither the author nor the people interviewed for it even remotely suggested that any of the problems facing the Netroots might possibly have been due to, well, themselves; I suppose that I should be grateful that they didn’t blame the whole thing on the VRWC.

In fact, we’re not mentioned at all, even in contrast.  Take this winner of a quote:

“The days when people could be very influential in the blogosphere aren’t here anymore,” [Susie Madrak] said.

No, Susie, the days when you could be very influential in the blogosphere aren’t here anymore, if indeed they ever existed in the first place.  Some of us are doing just fine. And when I say ‘just fine’ I mean ‘electing candidates’ and ‘pushing policy positions’ and the ever-important ‘low growling in the back of the throat, the better to keep our politicians thoughtful.’  The Netroots never could figure out how to do that last one properly.  Real shame, that.

Moe Lane

9 thoughts on “The Daily Beast: RIP, Netroots (2001-2012).”

  1. I’d heard it was Ace of Spades, but .. yeah.
    See, if the nutroots had understood Moe’s final point about growling, they would have made sure Obama didn’t rebuff Rowe.
    Tolkien applies yet again, “Oft evil will doth evil mar”, although “Heh. Leftys are stupid” also works.

  2. The Dems have no fear of the netroots, just like the peace groups, useful idiots when the republicans are in charge. Otherwise safely ignored

  3. It’s all about respect and the Democrats don’t respect the Netroots. To quote Ferris Bueller: “She won’t respect him, ’cause you can’t respect somebody who kisses your ass. It just doesn’t work.”

  4. Actually it’s the second funniest the funniest being the development of an anti-electronics missile shoot a couple of those over Iran just to mess with them.

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