It's time for the principals of Daily Kos to either get behind the 10.2.10 march or explain why not.
To me, the biggest reason to get behind this is to promote links between the Netroots and other parts of the coalition that elected Obama, principally labor and the black community. These links are weak and they need to become stronger.
This rally will add to, not subtract from the electoral fight. It's about base energy. The base is not only the Netroots.
By frontpaging 10.2.10, Daily Kos would be signing on to this. Time to get off the fence.
In answer to Radical def, who asks me to clarify my motives, I provide the following:
1. Build support for this march which I think would be a supplement to efforts to keep the progressive coalition on track and a boost to its morale.
2. To stimulate a reevaluation of the "consensus position" of the Netroots (of whom Kos is a leading part) that such demonstrations are always and under all conditions a waste of time and energy. I can understand that many thought so after the series of such demonstrations in the runup to the Iraq war led to nothing, but if it was meant to signify that such events are always, and under all conditions, a waste of time, I disagree.
Here, in 2010, we badly need to counter the perception that the Tea Party is an unstoppable juggernaut, which looks like it may turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy as of now.
Getting out the progressive vote and just beating them might do the trick, but it's not looking all that sure a bet now. An event like this, successfully pulled off, could add juice to the election efforts, which badly need some.
Given what we were up against in 2003, it is not surprising that the protests were ignored. I don't think they'll be quite so easy to ignore. Sure, Fox will ignore it, but I'm not so sure about the rest of the media.
Also, I think it would do the whole coalition a world of good if Netroots and whoever the AFL-CIO and NAACP are able to mobilize took a bus ride together. Might do some good to mend the obvious splits in our ranks.
More specifically, my aim is NOT to provide a forum for left demonization of President Obama. Sure, like many, I have my criticisms, but I think it is quite clear that organizers of this event have no such aims, and neither is it my purpose to go there.
But I think we need an outlet other than sitting at our computers and gazing at significantly negative poll numbers.