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    the Media  provided Obama-centric coverage of Netroots Nation, imo, is that the progressive movement, to the degree it meaningfully exists, has been too focused on party politics, and not enough on issue politics.

    Chris Bowers' recent post on the subject is a good demonstration of this - judging progressive achievements through electoral results (and not just the result of the election, but of how the election influenced the coverage of progressive issues.)

    While elections are obviously important, they can not be, in my view, the focus of a progressive movement. The issues must be.

    This does not mean ignoring elections, far from it, elections are the key means to effectuating substantive change. But it does mean, in my view, not seeing an election result as the end itself.

    2008 is a prime example of how believing the election result was the end was detrimental to progressives.

    President Obama has been a decent President, but he certainly has not been a progressive President (and never really promised to be one imo.) The Congress elected was less conservative than the previous one, but not really a progressive Congress.

    In short, 2008 was not a win for the progressive movement, it was a nudge in the right direction for progressives.

    In this sense, the conservative movement is much more mature and hard headed about its approaches to activism and politics.  

    It keeps it eyes on its prize, and does not see Republican victory per se as a victory for conservatism. It seeks something more.

    I would like to read your reaction to the Bowers post, which has its good points, but seemed way to narrow in focus to me.

    •  How very true. (3+ / 0-)
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      In short, 2008 was not a win for the progressive movement, it was a nudge in the right direction for progressives.

      In this sense, the conservative movement is much more mature and hard headed about its approaches to activism and politics.  

      It keeps it eyes on its prize, and does not see Republican victory per se as a victory for conservatism. It seeks something more.

      We can't keep focusing on just electing someone, anyone, and then magically our problems are solved. Our system simply doesn't work that way. Movements for change can't end when the election does. Winning an election is really just Step 1.

      The reason the Media  provided Obama-centric coverage of Netroots Nation, imo, is that the progressive movement, to the degree it meaningfully exists, has been too focused on party politics, and not enough on issue politics

      One primary challenge or one general election win won't solve all our problems. There MUST be long-term organizing throughout the country.

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