The NetRoots are Restless and the Democrats are Worried
But not necessarily that one is the cause of the other. The Democratic coalition is nothing but a bunch of teat suckers needing a head sow herder. That is what `she who has frizzed hair by 110v` is role is. But there is discontent in the ranks!
But I would not look for some grand unifying theme in their mega angst. There isn’t any. Just as there is no grand unifying theme for its constituents other than staying close to the hog. Its in pieces —
1) Obama is Destroying us! This is made up of the Lanny Davis, Bill Clinton, Pat Caddell old line liberals. They see the party being torn apart on the basis of the old share-a-like theme that the party has been known for. To a point they are right. Obama is not sharing any of his funding this time around. Worse he is applying that old Chicago politik — “What’s ya done for me lately?” Which for any old line liberal means, not much and get to the back of the line.
2) The Repubs out spent us 7:1 in Wisconsin! Well not exactly true. Best count is maybe 1.5:1 if you add in all the outside funding sources from all players. But the Dems do have a right to be concerned. The labor unions have been a consistent funding source for the party since the 20’s. As States see that one way out of their funding mess is to follow the Wisconsin model the dues paying numbers in government unions will drop with less money for the labor PACs. The question is do the unions start hedging their political contributions in the future?
3) The Youth vote, like Dude! The youth vote is wising up. Many may not even show up for this election. They will sit it out in their parents basements. Not to say they don’t have a reason to be despondent. Their age group is taking the brunt of this recession, 20-25% on average. Those that do have jobs are not working in their chosen profession they went to school for.
For these reasons and more, Democrats will have greater and greater difficulty keeping the Blue Model going. That fact was reflected in the NetRoots convention in RI. More here.
Couldn’t happen to a better group.
Miss Arizona (America) Jennifer Sedleris .