I dunno about you, but I am super excited for Netroots Nation tomorrow.
I would like to cordially invite you to attend a panel I will be speaking on along with David Sirota, Andrea Batista Schlesinger, the Executive Director of the Drum Major Institute and David Goldstein, of Horse's Ass. The panel will be moderated by Elana Levin, the Assistant Director of Communications for UNITE HERE.
The full panel title is Middle class isn't middle of the road: Take politicians’ populist shpeil and make it real. It is in Ballroom F at 10:30 AM on Friday. The bios are all located here.
Full description on the flip.
We know that populism wins elections, but once a politician wins how do we make sure that pro-middle class policies are actually implemented? Blue Dogs and the media conflate being pro-middle class with being "centrist".
The debt stricken, under-insured public's realization that their personal economic struggles are really political struggles presents an opportunity for lasting progressive change. Barack Obama's agenda includes healthcare and transportation among other investments in our country that the middle class needs-- but these aren't free. How can the netroots mobilize to make it politically possible to pass Obama's domestic agenda in a Grover Norquist-shaped world?
I will be talking about the Yacht Party campaign that the Courage Campaign has run to define the California Republican party to make it easier to advance policies that benefit the middle class during the huge budget fight. For more of a preview on my remarks, check out this post on Calitics.