“What did your psychologist tell you?”
Such was the penultimate query of the first panel of the morning, “Holding Congress Accountable for a Progressive Agenda.” At last year‘s KosFest there was a joyous, we’re-going-to-kick-ass-in-November! vibe to the proceedings. Today there’s angry talk about faux progressives stabbing “the netroots” in the back once in office — no immediate pullout from Iraq and defections on the hate crimes bill are the two most cited examples — and grassroots activists so distraught they need to be “talked off the ledge.”
Hence, the above quote, taken from an audience question to Jane Hamsher of Firedoglake. Ah, the sorrows of victory! We’ll see if they cheer up once the cool kids who don’t get up early enough for 8 a.m. sessions break up the current crowds of always crankier, frequently less optimistic middle-aged liberal activists.