Kos has posted his keynote address at the first “YearlyKos” convention.
It’s one thing to talk about people-powered politics. It’s another to see it in action.
And these have been heady days for the people-powered movement.
We’re only four years old, from the early days when bloggers like Atrios and Jerome Armstrong at MyDD inspired bloggers like me and countless others to stop railing at Fox News and our so-called-“liberal” pundits, and start publishing those rants on the web.
And we’ve come a long way since then.
We were born in 2002, and sort of gingerly set out into this brave new world. None of us expected to be more than a lonely voice shouting into the wilderness. But liberal blogs grew rapidly, proving there was a desperate need for strong progressive voices in this country. That was 2002.
2003 was the year of Howard Dean, where an unknown governor from a small, remote, and usually forgotten state was propelled to front-runner status on the strength of netroots activism.
2004 … well, let’s forget 2004.
In 2005, we helped Dean become DNC chairman, and we helped Paul Hackett prove that a strong, unapologetic, progressive voice could compete in the deepest red districts.
And now it’s 2006, and it looks like we’ve arrived.
Let’s see here: no electoral victories. The chief loser still discredits the party and has it millions of dollars behind in cash on hand. And just this week, after pulling out all the stops for Francise Busby in an open seat, it lost again. Kos may have many readers, but the blog is still a “lonely voice shouting in the wilderness.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?