Saturday, July 19, 2008

Netroots Nation 2008: “On the Street”-from Florida Bloggers

Markos Moulitsas, the founder of the Daily Kos political blog, told a huge annual gathering of online activists that they have shown their power and must continue pushing Democratic politicians to remain progressive.

On the Street” Interviews From Florida bloggers Kenny, Alison and Susan in Austin, TX, reporting Live (and taped) from Austin.

WaPo reports: And while some highly-visible bloggers have been critical of Obama's stance on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act on their blogs, J.D. Gins, a Texas field organizer from Obama for America staffing the Obama table, said that, at the conference, "overwhelmingly it's been a positive reception." Of the hundreds of people who've stopped by, only two have wanted to engage in criticism of the Obama campaign, he said.

TampaBay Blue worries that progressives have lost their voice and become absorbed. Obama supported FISA.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a landmark lawsuit today to stop the government from conducting surveillance under a new wiretapping law that gives the Bush administration virtually unchecked power to intercept Americans' international e-mails and telephone calls. The case was filed on behalf of a broad coalition of attorneys and human rights, labor, legal and media organizations whose ability to perform their work - which relies on confidential communications - will be greatly compromised by the new law.

The Netroots seem far less progresssive than in 2006 and 2007. The Netroots is moving toward mainstream democratic policy and lapdoggery. Giving up to win is not what TampaBay Blue believes. At NRN it was often about compromise: For bloggers concerned about Obama's FISA stand Parag Mehta of the Democratic National Committee was asked what Obama supporters should tell voters they meet while canvassing who are angry about Obama's FISA vote."Mehta offered a suggested line. Tell them 'it was a bad bill but there were things in the bill worth fighting for,' he said.
Not Tampa Bay Blue. This was a bad bill and Obama voted for it.

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