"Overestimating the Blogs"
Obviously, I love blogs. I started political blogging way back in January 2002, I owe everything to the new media, and I believe the netroots will only grow more important over time. That said, it’s shocking to read a veteran political reporter like Tom Edsall write that one of the virtues of the rising Democrats of the interior west is that “their political philosophy transcends the party’s major split–between the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) and the left-wing netroots.” That is the party’s major split? Since when?
DailyKos is a very impressive achievement, but the core of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party remains the major liberal interest groups, most notably the AFL-CIO and other unions along with labor-affiliated groups like the Economic Policy Institute and the Campaign for America’s Future. Which is not to slight the contributions of African-American groups, feminist and reproductive rights outfits, or the environmental movement (see also).