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So there's a blog credentialing screw-up at the DNC, and state parties clearly had a hand in some excellent blogs being denied credentials while non-partisan outlets received the credentials initially designated for blogs submitting not just their technorati ranking but examples of posts that "stand out as an effective online organizing tool and/or agent of change."

Why does it matter if The Albany Project ultimately gets a credential that allows them to attend the convention, but the non-partisan Room 8 gets the one that seats them on the floor with the New York delegation?

Because this is an opportunity not just for bloggers but for the Democratic party as a whole.

Convention delegates will be among the most committed Democratic activists in their states. They'll include party leaders and campaign volunteers ordinary in every way except their dedication to a candidate. Sitting on the convention floor with them won't just give credentialed blogs like Blue Indiana or Badlands Blue good stories to write that may pull in extra traffic. It will give bloggers and delegates a chance to get to know each other and develop trust, to learn about each other's work and figure out how they can work together in the future.

Again, that's not just an opportunity for bloggers. It's an opportunity for the party.

We often talk about the importance of, as bloggers, not just preaching to the choir but getting off our couches and talking to voters. We do have a lot to learn from the party's long-time, dedicated activists. What's less often said is that they have a lot to learn from us, too.

Last Saturday I attended New Hampshire's Democratic state convention. There, I sat with Blue Hampshire co-founder Mike Caulfield while Parag Mehta, the DNC's training director, spoke on the presidential election and the DNC's new Neighborhood Leader program (which I can't wait to see in action). It was a great presentation. Mehta is witty and charismatic and had the crowd in the palm of his hand. He got a spontaneous standing ovation in the middle of his talk. He clearly and concisely laid out the important ways of framing McCain for November, and gave a much-needed pep talk about Democrats coming together around our nominee.

But...the crowd loved the stuff on McCain a little too much -- because too much of it seemed to be new to them. These are dedicated activists. They became delegates to the convention. They paid to be there. Many of them drove for hours to sit in a school gymnasium all day. So what was with all the surprised chuckles Mike and I heard at the "McSame" slide? The sounds of dawning inspiration at the notion that McCain is running for Bush's third term?

None of this (except for the details on how the Neighborhood Leader program will work) was new to me or Mike. As he said later, the majority of Daily Kos readers could have given much of the presentation off the top of their head. But it was new to many New Hampshire Democratic activists.

Bloggers may lag in knocking on doors for candidates or attending town Democratic committee meetings. (Though much less than the stereotype suggests.) But on messaging, we're way ahead of people who get their news from the traditional media.

This is why the Denver credentials are important. Putting bloggers and delegates together, not just for an interview but for sustained periods of time, is an opportunity to build connections between these parts of the party. That's something that goes beyond a traffic spike for Square State or My Left Nutmeg. Bloggers could learn how better to support their local Democratic organizations (or how to take them over -- which may be what some state parties were worried about during the credentialing process). Convention delegates could learn how to let more people know about their upcoming events, and how to share with people in other towns and counties what had worked for them and what hadn't. Bloggers could learn more about organizing a canvass or recruiting a candidate. Convention delegates could learn more about that third Bush term and McCain's record of turning his back on his own legislation when it became politically inconvenient.

Those are connections that all Democrats -- from the DNC to the state parties to bloggers -- should be working hard to build and sustain. Ideally, they already exist. Ideally, we're all working to strengthen them every day. But they could be developed in Denver, carried home, and used to strengthen local activism for years to come. That's just another of the many reasons it's been so disappointing to see the credentialing process for Denver so messed up.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sun May 25, 2008 at 10:03 AM PDT.

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  •  Really excellent analysis, MissLaura. (9+ / 0-)

    In so many extremely important ways, active bloggers are ahead of the curve on being informed. But if such a large percentage of the party has little or no computer literacy, how are they supposed to catch up? Is it a question of lead, follow or get out of the way?

    "The opposite of war isn't peace, it's CREATION." _ Jonathan Larson, RENT

    by BeninSC on Sun May 25, 2008 at 10:07:45 AM PDT

    •  At that same state convention, (18+ / 0-)

      Dean from Blue Hampshire, Nate from ActBlue, and I did a session on blogging and new media stuff. A number of people seemed really interested in starting to blog, and the thing we kept stressing was how easy it is on a technical level. Unfortunately we didn't have internet access or a projector, or we could just have gone to blogger and walked everyone through the process of setting up a blogspot site. But we kept saying "it's free, it takes 10 minutes, if you can use Word, you can blog."

      I think a lot of people are intimidated because they think they need to know a lot about computers. Convincing them that's not the case is an important first step. Or that they don't need to start their own blog, but should join in the ongoing conversation at existing blogs, that it will give them a larger community of people to talk to and will develop their political voice.

      •  Is it true that the (3+ / 0-)
        Democratic national convention is not letting any black blogs in for the convention?

        I have seen this complained about in several places and I find it hard to believe.

        Hope someone in the know can answer.

        Peace
        :)

        I am beginning to feel like a man with no country. That country died when we failed to stand up for what is right.

        by eaglecries on Sun May 25, 2008 at 10:25:44 AM PDT

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      •  That Usability line is crumbling and we need to (4+ / 0-)
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        hasten its demise.

        DKOS is a great example of a usable site, requiring very very little techical expertise (ctr-c/ctrl-v is about it) to let someone not only start discussing but referencing and researching.

        You answered a question I had - I was wondering whether all y'all had cell modems yet.  Get one.  There's no sense to be stuck with a laptop  ophaned offline unless you're in the deepest hotel basement anymore.

        As I always say among my infosec siblings, "No one has ever heard anything about what we do."  Just because you - MissLaura or honorable reader - know what Trolls and a TRs are doesn't mean anyone else does.  DKOS may get 1.2 million hits a day, but that just means that there is at least another 299 million folks who aren't familiar with it.

        We need to keep pushing out the education.  Both to the folks in crux positions (like assigning credentials to bloggers right now) and the broader population.

        -cheers!

        -chris

        "A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for. Sail out to sea and do new things." - Admiral Grace Hopper, Computer Pioneer

        by chrisblask on Sun May 25, 2008 at 10:53:18 AM PDT

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        •  That's not cheap. (2+ / 0-)
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          And without a projector, not all that helpful in giving a presentation.

          •  Cell Modem's are $60/month and a projector is (1+ / 0-)
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            a grand, so all in all they've become as necessary as the laptop and not much more expensive.

            Really can't live without a constant online presence in the corporate world so the cell modem has become a must, surely in the blogging world at this level it's necessary.

            And projectors you can get on eBay for $600 (and they are great for home movies with the kids.  Nothing like It's a Wonderful Life eight feet wide... ;~).

            -chris

            "A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for. Sail out to sea and do new things." - Admiral Grace Hopper, Computer Pioneer

            by chrisblask on Sun May 25, 2008 at 11:01:06 AM PDT

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            •  Um, yeah. (6+ / 0-)

              I'm upper middle class and that's an amount of money I don't take lightly. Not likely to happen any time soon.

              •  For blogging from conventions and all the things (0+ / 0-)

                that folks are doing, the idea of not being able to use the tools along the way as much as possible seems silly.

                Projectors are pretty ubiquitous - the church we use for Boy Scouts has one - and can always be rented (though if you do much of that, it's cheaper to buy).

                Anyway, the point of my original comment is that if the blogging world/public media is going to merge with the traditional media (and it is), then it has to become more usable by more people in more ways.  Part of that is this sub-thread about the necessary gear (and if you're blogging a lot and often have extended periods offline, you need some gear).

                The more important part is the Education of others.  I'm pretty long-toothed in tech, but I come into what has become the blogosphere and feel my way along to the refrain of "everyone knows about <trolls/ratings/...>".  It's still a bit raw and confusing - and largely unnavigable - to the average "I know how to Google" person.

                This integration of traditional and new party activitists speaks to just this education.  The folks out there doing things for decades need to see what we are doing here, and vice versa, so the memes can evolve and spread successfully.

                -cheers!

                -chris

                "A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for. Sail out to sea and do new things." - Admiral Grace Hopper, Computer Pioneer

                by chrisblask on Sun May 25, 2008 at 11:13:08 AM PDT

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                •  This is so wrong-headed. (6+ / 0-)

                  If you want to pontificate, tell organizers of political conventions to make sure that Wi-Fi access and projectors are available for every presenter. Don't tell individuals to pony up a couple of grand. (Which has the side effect of making sure that we hear mostly from the wealthier activists.)

                  •  Didn't I say "Oh Good Grief" here once already? (0+ / 0-)

                    "Pontificate"?

                    Good lord.

                    Look, if folks who can afford a laptop, wireless router, and a few computers at home and choose to be full-time or dedicated on-site political bloggers - then yes, I think a cell modem is a good call.

                    Projectors are cheap gear if you do this sort of thing for a living, if not borrow/rent/steal/or better yet have the organizer provide one. (and it's a grand or less, let's not multiply things in a quest to exaggerate our points)

                    MissLaura, I had assumed, was the kind of hard-core DKOS blogger who gets on the home page and presents at meetings on these sorts of topics.  If so, someone should make sure she has the right gear to do the job.

                    -chris

                    "A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for. Sail out to sea and do new things." - Admiral Grace Hopper, Computer Pioneer

                    by chrisblask on Mon May 26, 2008 at 10:11:26 PM PDT

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                •  Education of others is paramount (4+ / 0-)
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                  Teaching people to use online tools is one of our priorities here in Alabama.  Getting them over that hurdle of posting the first comment is huge.  How do you post a photo?  We're trying garden blogging and critter blogging to get people interested enough to figure out how to get their digital pics online -- after they've done it once, they'll do it again and it may be a photo of a candidate or rally next time.

                  •  It's huge. And from the contents of this thread, (0+ / 0-)

                    I'm assuming it's not being done very much.

                    This is the public forum of the present.  To most it is still the public forum of the future.

                    It has to be someone's job to bring the rest along with us.

                    Love to connect with you about what efforts you've been involved in.  Drop me a line to chris@blask.org if you can.

                    -cheers!

                    -chris

                    "A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for. Sail out to sea and do new things." - Admiral Grace Hopper, Computer Pioneer

                    by chrisblask on Mon May 26, 2008 at 10:14:08 PM PDT

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            •  $$$ (1+ / 0-)
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              Very few bloggers make even subsistence wages.  We depend on outside sources of income to finance our blogging habit, or activism as I view it.

      •  Neighborhood Leader program? (0+ / 0-)
        You were seriously unfamiliar with this? It's been up and running in Ohio since February and the state party has hired a bunch of new field directors to oversee it. They've signed up thousands across the state and done many trainings. I did mine in early March. From what I understand though, Ohio may be one of the leader states in this, another reason why all the moaning and groaning about MCain carrying Ohio is misplaced. It's another of those factors on the ground I often allude to here.

        We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14: http://www.oneill08.com/

        by anastasia p on Sun May 25, 2008 at 08:12:55 PM PDT

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    •  A notice and reminder to all bloggers (7+ / 0-)

      that at the Democratic convention there will be an additional area for bloggers to meet and work. This will be at the Alliance Center, close to the Convention site. The Alliance center is a totally green building housing most of the progressive and environmental non profits of Colorado. We will have a tent, 8 hours of programming a day and a place to connect...Colorado Environmental Coalition hopes you all stop by.

  •  I can't speak to the other blogs, but I can just (0+ / 0-)

    about guarantee that the NY and NJ delegations will be full of party hacks and that is something they don't want advertised. there is no room or interest in grassroots activists in either state.

    To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men~~ Abraham Lincoln

    by Tanya on Sun May 25, 2008 at 10:10:47 AM PDT

    •  Has anyone (1+ / 0-)

      tried creating a concerted organizing effort to get more progressives elected to party offices and as delegates? Activists and blogs worked on that very hard in New Mexico and we now have many progressives in office and serving as delegates at various levels.

      I'm well aware that such maneuvers are no doubt much easier in a state like NM than in NY or NJ, but I'd think it would still be worth a try. We did get some blowback here when we were first on the scene, but it has since dissipated greatly and lots of positive relationships have formed as activists gained trust and vice versa with a number of Dem regulars.

      It can be difficult to learn the party rules, how they really work, etc., but it can be well worth the effort. We got some long-time Dems in the Party to educate us on the ins and outs and it really helped.

      Visit my blog DemocracyForNewMexico: NM grassroots politics and activism

      by barbwire on Sun May 25, 2008 at 12:31:59 PM PDT

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    •  Not so much in Ohio (0+ / 0-)
      None of the "party hacks" are delegates, at least up here in my district where most of the "party hacks" are based. I know the Obama slate, most of which is going because our district SMOKED for Obama,  is anything but that.

      We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14: http://www.oneill08.com/

      by anastasia p on Sun May 25, 2008 at 08:10:30 PM PDT

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  •  thanks for the support, laura (12+ / 0-)

    all of us getting the shaft from the DNCC here appreciate the fact so many folks have our back. it really means a lot.

    that said, if we had the state blog credential, we'd hopefully be sitting with our state's delegation, the one from new york, while our good friends at blue jersey, also getting screwed, would be sitting with the good folks from the garden state.

    "after the Rapture, we get all their shit"

    It's time: the albany project.

    by lipris on Sun May 25, 2008 at 10:11:23 AM PDT

  •  Excellent indeed! (3+ / 0-)

    Great stuff. We're lucky in California that the right folks (calitics) got Credentials for Denver. I look forward to seeing the Convention through their lens.

  •  It's going to be fixed. (11+ / 0-)

    I don't know about elsewhere, but here in New York, I think we're pretty close to a solution that makes everyone happy. I expect the details will be worked out right after the holiday weekend.

    Not to say we can't use the kind assistance of the national blogs, of course :-)

    "There is a Providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children and the United States of America." - Otto Prince Bismarck

    by MBNYC on Sun May 25, 2008 at 10:14:33 AM PDT

  •  Great diary, MissLaura (4+ / 0-)

    As of right now, I see progressive blogs in being successful in two areas outside of our choir-preaching intranet: "fact"-checking of Republicans (and Democrats as well) and fundraising.

    The above two areas we are spectacular at.  DailyKos, along with progressive blogs across the nation, have had played a major role in exposing the worst of the worst that Republicans do.  But mostly, who are the people who read these stories at DailyKos and get irked by them.

    Well, overwhelmingly the same people that would react to such news as "well that figures".  I.E. - it's us progressive blogosphere regulars.

    And we can't forget our fundraising ability.  This is more profound at DailyKos simply based on traffic and numbers, but it's been accomplished at at a smaller scale on state level blogs.

    But those two elements generally only affect people in the know.  I know numerous people, mostly my peers at college, that have never voted for a Republican in their life and they are super progressive - and they know nothing other than what they read in the paper or hear on TV.  That must be our next challenge, our next goal - to educate those members on our side of the truth when it comes to Republican candidates.  Whether it be from just us conversing with our friends or large convention-type events in New Hampshire, we must focus on that to really bring the Netroots Nation even more so into the forefront.

    And I think having state progressive blogs team up with their respective DNC Convention delegations is a great way to initiate some of those processes.

    "Give me a lever long enough... and I shall move the world" - Archimedes

    by mconvente on Sun May 25, 2008 at 10:15:26 AM PDT

  •  My Left Nutmeg (10+ / 0-)

    Here is some local coverage of myleftnutmeg.com gaining credentials to attend the DNC.

    Here we are now Entertain us I feel stupid and contagious

    by Scarce on Sun May 25, 2008 at 10:15:37 AM PDT

  •  excellent story and so important (2+ / 0-)
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    but i don't understand one thing. how can someone be a party activist and yet be so uninformed about mcbush? usually people who are politically active keep informed of issues.

  •  The Power of Synergy (2+ / 0-)
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    The logic of this post is so compelling that I would like to better understand why this isn't self-evident to everyone. Why does this point even have to be made?

  •  Add Maryland to that list (4+ / 0-)
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    A non-partisan blog owned by NPR radio show host Marc Steiner was chosen ahead of more activist blogs. Not that non-partisan sites like Steiner's or rm8 shouldn't be credentialed, but they should be credentialed under the normal media processes.

    Obama/Casey, my personal dream ticket.

    by The Bagof Health and Politics on Sun May 25, 2008 at 10:28:37 AM PDT

  •  Blogs are still new and still little understood (4+ / 0-)
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    Eventually the DNC will figure it out. At least they are trying! :)

    Free the Pokemon!

    by Krush on Sun May 25, 2008 at 10:40:09 AM PDT

  •  Obama in Puerto Rico (4+ / 0-)
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    (CNN) Sen. Barack Obama marched along a street in Bayamon, Puerto Rico Saturday.

    Kind of off topic but it looks like they started partying a little earlier than the rest of us.

    Good on 'em.

    Here we are now Entertain us I feel stupid and contagious

    by Scarce on Sun May 25, 2008 at 10:41:03 AM PDT

  •  Yes, and... (7+ / 0-)

    I am blogging the Convention for SquareState, and obviously I am thrilled at the way the access will further build the relationships I have with the members of our delegation, and the people on the national scene, but I think that the power of the netroots isn't just fostered by allowing a few 'upper tier' bloggers into the village.

    My interest is in crashing those gates, not just getting a key card for myself.

    I actually do not want the sort of John McCain BBQ networking that results in a top-down media structure.

    What really will be powerful is the networking that the Convention provides as an opportunity for the State bloggers to get to know each other better. In the end, I think the resulting democratization of the process will ultimately benefit the Democrats.

    I am grateful for the opportunities that I have had from my blogging, and that it has enabled me to have a voice in the political discourse, but if my having a tight relationship with politicians creates a new barrier for the new bloggers coming up behind me, then I am concerned.

    I think that in the end, stirring together politicians, media, and bloggers will result in a better environment for all three. Meanwhile, I am going to be mindful that the relationships don't result in just a co-opting of the new media.

  •  Very well stated (5+ / 0-)
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    One thing that comes to mind here is that all people don't have to play the same role for the party - we don't all have to do precinct walking and calling AND read up and help develop the messaging against Republicans on the tubes in equal measure - that would be silly.  

    But, in line with your post, you can't be as effective without having done both things.  There's no substitute to understanding what your target audience is thinking without talking to them directly, and you can't take advantage of the best way to frame things if you haven't been exposed to it.  

    One of the things that could be helpful from the side of those who blog is to identify ourselves as Democrats who use blogs to communicate, not as bloggers, which creates distance.  For those of us who were off-line activists before utilizing blogs, this is very natural; for those of us who haven't (myself included), I would think it's not so natural to do.  It certainly wasn't in my case, given how much revolves around the web, including the offline activities I've done, which is why it's confusing.

    KagroX's post from a few weeks back is relevant here:

    Here's my rule -- and you can take it or leave it -- on referring to "the bloggers." You must keep in mind that blogs are communications tools, and that the people who use them aren't some new species from outer space. People who use blogs to communicate about politics are saying exactly the same things that they used to say, and that other people still say, to each other over the telephone, at the office water cooler, and over long lunches. This is just the first time that politicians and media types have ever had access to those conversations, because the tool we use puts them out there for them to see. (Yes, we are granting the media access to the minds of the voters. Where's the gratitude and groveling that politicians get when they grant access?)

    So the bottom line is this: bloggers are just people who leave "paper" trails of their thoughts. If you have something to say about "the bloggers," try this simple exercise first to see if you might be talking out your ass: Substitute the word "telephone" for "blog." If your sentence still makes sense, you're onto something. If not, you're talking shit.

    This applies to others who criticize us, but it also applies to us when we introduce and refer to ourselves to others.

    Californian? Become a Permanent Absentee Voter - It's Easy and It's Your Right

    by PeteB2 on Sun May 25, 2008 at 10:48:52 AM PDT

    •  arg. (1+ / 0-)
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      forgot the link to Kagro X's post, and I should have said: For those of us who were off-line activists before utilizing blogs, this is probably very natural; for those of us who weren't (myself included), I would think it's not so natural to do.

      Californian? Become a Permanent Absentee Voter - It's Easy and It's Your Right

      by PeteB2 on Sun May 25, 2008 at 10:53:31 AM PDT

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  •  PA activist getting the news from dkos (6+ / 0-)

    I totally agree-- I am a Dem committee person, precinct level worker. I read dkos daily and pass on the news to my fellow committee people. Am often surprised at things they didn't know.

  •  Fundamentally...... (0+ / 0-)

    .........many just haven't thought enough about what drives their own politics, to recognize the difference between what forces are at work in Democratic politics, or even what America and the Constitution were put in place for.

    We had a Revolutionary war over the rights individules could exercise as opposed to corporate power/Imperial rule.

    The group that wrote the Bill of Rights and the Constitution were singularly opposed to corporate power dominating the societies commerce apart from the give and take of everyday life. It was that eras Globalism that controlled commerce thru Imperial power. The East India Company was its name.

    By and large, the Democratic party is the party of the people; as opposed to the Republican party, which is a party of the companies.

    With this in mind it is worth remembering that it was Bill Clinton who talked this nation into the present day East India Company (Globalism).

    And as surely as most will say today that it is inevetable that Globalism is the only way to do commerce, there were folks in the late 1700's saying the same thing about the English Kingship that backed the East India Company and how they could do business.

    Today it is global mega monopolies that run roughshod over vast societies and nations.

    It is the big energy guys that got our military into the middleeast conflicts. This invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afganistan does not a single thing for the American people. Nor would an attach on Iran. And those nations didn't attach us. It was an ideologically driven radical movement that wanted to have us leave their religious lands and leave them alone.

    Because we didn't pay attention, the slow re-Revolution was waged against "We the People". And untill it began to hurt, we didn't notice or stand up against it.

    The Clintons are not liberals, they are oppertunists, getting the most of varying conditions for their own interests.

    Well, sorry, I got on my soapbox.

    But at the heart of it, this is why so many don't know what the fuss is about.

    It is that grass roots activists blogers are not inclined to tout the company propaganda from the convention. And the fight right now is within the Democratic party for who will have the power. Will it be the Clinton/DLC/moderate-conservative model or will it be the people?

  •  blogs - information (1+ / 0-)
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    Miss Laura,

    You make an excellent point.  Bloggers and the people who hang around the blogs are very well-informed compared to the general public.  I have a lot of friends who are Democrats, reasonably progressive, and smart--  but I'm sometimes taken aback at how clueless they can be on the issues.  They just aren't getting quality information, and their universe of information is too small.  It's a problem.

  •  when is the Democratic Party going to learn?? (1+ / 0-)
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    Progressivism is , imho the hallmark of this country, for which all things institutionally are based.

    And what the party is doing right now is NOT progressive.

    Being ahead of the curve , as MissLaura points out bloggers are,is Progressive.

    You hear a lot from politicians about "thinking outside the box",(in fact I heard that so many times in the days after 9-11 it was painful)but rarely do they actual even attempt to affect real change. The change didnt come after 9-11 for how our Federal government organizes and communicates on an inter-agency level, and the Democratic party is in the same way, fighting changes to the power structure of the DNC,vis-a-vis Barack Obama and the netroots.

    being dragged kicking and screaming if we have to I guess....

  •  Is it True that Bloggers of Color (0+ / 2-)
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    have been banned from getting credentialed and admitted to the Convention in Denver?  If true, this is another mark against the "party of inclusion" and makes the DNC a total mockery.

    "Washington, DC: Where Corrupt Officials are discovered daily."

    by The Truth on Sun May 25, 2008 at 11:19:21 AM PDT

    •  No, it's not true. (2+ / 0-)
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      Banned?  Seriously?  Who would even suggest that there was some comprehensive ban on bloggers of color by the Democratic f'ing party?

      As I said upthread, only the state blog credentials have been announced. It is the case that there seem to be relatively few black state bloggers -- there are a number of latino state bloggers, and while I don't know who from the credentialed state blogs will be going to Denver, I do know that a few of those blogs have latino writers.

      The national blog credentials will be announced sometime soon. That's the pool in which anyone who doesn't write mainly about Democratic politics in their particular state should have applied for credentials. I know a number of bloggers of color did so and I would expect some of them to get those credentials. Until those credentials are announced, any theories of exclusion are premature. Unless you want to talk about why Daily Kos is being excluded, since it does not yet have credentials for Denver.

  •  Question (0+ / 0-)

    Are the bloggers planning on bringing their own wireless connect card or does the Pepsi Center have wi-fi?  I am curious.

    Cheers!

    Excellent post Miss Laura.  Spot on!!

  •  Connecting though the OFA Campaign (3+ / 0-)
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    I'm a volunteer in the grassroots campaign for Obama.  I say that to make a clear distinction between it and the party oriented side of things. We see a clear disconnect in the way things are done although the Young Democrats are doing much to bride the gap.  

    Even locally the "Party" do not yet understand social networking.  They think in terms of volunteer lists and phone numbers and we yell, "Didn't you get their e-mail address?"  

    "No we didn't think of that." they answer.  

    "Dumb ass. Now we can't fill in the database so we can call stay in touch."

    Then they call for volunteers to do some project like a voter reg drive.  Literally, they call on the phone.  They don't get answers and leave messages and play phone tag.  A hundred calls in a couple of hours.  Four or five people respond.  

    We send an e-mail blast in 5 minutes to 1000 people and a 100 respond.  Duh!

    Barack Obama's campaign understands this a lot better than the traditional party as a whole.  Seems we would get much more traction on the delegate issue by dealing directly with OFA (Obama For America)  Then letting them pressure the committee.  

    At 60 I'm an old fart myself but I've worked in computers and watched their evolution all my working life.  I understand where politics is going.  We need 21st. century techniques for or 21st. century campaign and candidate.  

  •  Who is going to the Convention? (3+ / 0-)
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    I am going to the Indiana State Convention as a delegate on June 20-21. I received a call last week from the Obama campaign asking me to run as a delegate from my county for the National Convention.

    Pretty thrilling to say the least. Since I'm relatively new as a Dem party activist, I have no idea what my chances are but I plan to throw my hat in the ring.

    MissLaura, do you know if convention delegates will be allowed to take laptops and blog from the convention floor? Will special blog credentials be required for that?

    If not, it certainly would be cool to be part of a dKos delegation coming in through the side door, so to speak.

    "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

    by annan on Sun May 25, 2008 at 11:39:32 AM PDT

    •  There won't be wi-fi (1+ / 0-)
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      in the convention venue. Technical issues.

    •  Meant to ask about dKos delegates ... (1+ / 0-)
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      I meant to add that it would be cool to begin to identify Kossacks going to the convention via their state delegations.

      I know that I'm having a hard time connecting with other dKos posters from Indiana because of the disconnect between our cyber names and real time names.

      Anyone have ideas that have worked in other states about how to remedy that?

      "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

      by annan on Sun May 25, 2008 at 11:57:13 AM PDT

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      •  Put up some diaries (1+ / 0-)
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        asking about Indiana people.  Have a meetup.  Something like that.  I think some people have organized email lists for kossacks in their state, which can be a more private venue to identify yourself if you can't do so publicly on the site.

        •  Thanks. (0+ / 0-)

          I've tried that, with limited success.

          I wrote several diaries about Obama's primary campaign in Indiana and organized an email list in March. Although I recognized several posters from Indiana who frequented those diaries, I didn't get much response to the email list idea. None from my area.

          I'll keep trying. It's frustrating to think that I may be bumping into those posters and we don't recognize one another because dKos doesn't come up in conversation.

          Anyone reading this from the Indy metro area? Please email Annan at hoosierkossacks at earthlink dot net and say "hi!"

          Thanks for the encouragement.

          "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

          by annan on Sun May 25, 2008 at 01:21:34 PM PDT

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  •  Evolution (1+ / 0-)
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    While we are fine patting ourselves on the back, it's worth noting that the development of effective frames and funny snark is evolutionary. Nobody ever gets a line just right the first time.  But when something does work, others latch on to it.

    I've latched onto emptywheel's Mavericky and Maverickyness, for example. If I keep using it, and other people like it, then it will spread.  If I keep using it, and other people don't like it it will die. As it should, because it didn't work.

    Cliff Schecter'sgot a book of material. Some of it will work, and when it does, it makes its way into the Zeitgeist.  We got the lobbyist stories into the traditional/corporate/legacy/mainstream* media.

    Joe Klein (!) made a crack day before yesterday about members of the media being invited to the barbecue.  When the stories are good, and the frames are funny, they penetrate.  And the poor humorless wingnuts are helpless.

    *that's one we haven't found yet.  There are problems with each of those characterizations.

    Come see Rick Perlstein talk about Nixonland on the 29th at Virtually Speaking

    by JayAckroyd on Sun May 25, 2008 at 04:02:22 PM PDT

  •  Pack Away the Pundits (0+ / 0-)


    The one thing that this presidential race has shown is that the pundits are about as useful a magic eight ball in predicting the outcome of this race. Whether it was last years numerous predictions about exactly when Senator McCain would drop out of the race, and who he would support when he did; or the Clinton ‘inevitablity’ statements, at almost every turn the media has guessed wrong. However, in a race that is historic and fascinating pundits are still endlessly featured on every cable news network.

    Here’s a suggestion for the media, put away your crystal ball and do some reporting. There are plenty of issues that all three candidates address frequently that the media never bothers to discuss. Last week there was a back and forth between the Obama and McCain campaign about diplomacy, who a president talks to and under what circumstances. This was covered in the media as campaign bickering when in reality this is a serious issue that deserved more that superficial grade school level reporting.

    If the press is looking for a new aspect of the race to cover report, how about the effect the internet is having on the race. This is a completely new and unknown element of politics. Does it help? Could it hurt? Will there be a backlash from Obama supporters over the top Clinton criticisms, or will this just get lost in cyberspace? Who reads political blogs? Who comments on political blogs? This is something completely new and the main steam media covers this like it does many topics; very lightly. It will be interesting to see as the internet continues to develop if the main stream media’s lack of depth will limit its future.

  •  Thanks for posting about this (3+ / 0-)
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    The Alabama netroots got the short end of the credential stick too, but we'll have at least one blogger at the convention, credentials or no -- and right it's no.  Countrycat found a cheap fare to Denver a couple of days ago and said "&%#* it!  I'm going."  So she'll be blogging for us even if she isn't sitting with our delegation.

    We sure do appreciate the support from you, Miss Laura, from Kos and from all the credentialed state bloggers who've written and blogged on our behalf.  Knowing y'all have our backs is a great feeling.  Little by little, we fix these problems and grow the movement.

  •  Jim Crow 2008 (0+ / 0-)

    Giving nearly 100% of "credentials" to white blogs/bloggers and 'allowing' them to pick other blogs to join them at their discretion is apartheid. Meanwhile a lottery will be held for everyone else - and how much diversity do you think will prevail?

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