As readers will know, I had absolutely nothing to do with this, but MyDD and a coalition of local blogs appear to have succeeded in their efforts to get the Nevada Democratic Party to can the idea of a Fox News-sponsored debate. This goes to show, as with the Sinclair Broadcasting affair from a while back, that social capital really is a powerful thing . . . relativel small numbers of people can, if properly organized and energized, exercise a great deal of influence over fairly powerful institutions. One of the big problems in contemporary America is that vast swathes of civil society have really sort of withered away over the past few decades, and the internet’s greatest promise is the possibility of rebuilding it.