Ignore or make sport of the netroots at your own peril. Underestimate them and you will get the holy living crap kicked out of you in 2008. These people are organizing far beyond blogs and blog readers. And that organization extends almost down to the precinct level as I’m sure next year’s Netroots Convention will show (they’ve decided to rename the shindig in order to move it away from one guy’s blog).Are Republican electeds listening? Is the Republican Party listening?
They are determined, well funded, optimistic, committed, and excited. The GOP is uncertain, underfunded, hopeful but pessimistic, dispirited, and seemingly leaderless, rudderless, and without an agenda.
Who do you think is in better shape going into next year’s contest?
You need look no further than the Shenandoah Valley for examples of how these extremists are moving in.
We have a MoveOn.org democrat running for Augusta County Board of Supervisors, a woman who moved here three years ago, a woman who has demonstrated in local anti-war rallies and was photographed holding a sign with the number of dead Americans in Iraq. We have another MoveOn.org sympathizer as part of the Augusta County Democrat Party.
We had MoveOn.org activists standing on the street in downtown Staunton last summer to greet Senator George Allen when he was campaigning in this area. We had local extremists filming Congressman Bob Goodlatte's most recent townhall meeting in Staunton included staged anti-war questions.
The Republican Party had better wake up. Instead of fighting each other it's time to turn our attention to the real enemy ... the lefty liberal democrats.