Pity the poor liberal blogger. The "netroots" were once the darling of the Democratic party (and the media), reaching their nadir in 2006 as they helped put Congress into (very) liberal hands. But Obama didn't need them much in 2008, and their influence has waned considerably, as the nation has rejected Democratic candidates at every level since 2009.
David Freedlander has a piece on these forsaken keyboard-pounders in the Daily Beast. But you don't have to read past the first sentences to see why this was a movement doomed to fail, a movement not in sync with America, a movement that was, in many senses, opposed to America:
“It was infuriating,” Madrak recalled of the political moment that spurred her to start throwing her own commentary online. “I could see that they were fabricating the reasons for war. Blogging was what I did instead of throwing a brick through the window.”
As the bodies within the wreckage of the World Trade Center smoldered, as the scattered pieces of the heroes of United Flight 93 were picked up off a Pennsylvania field, Susie Madrak's chief emotion was..rage. Not at the terrorists, but at her own country. For planning on fighting back.
The question, of course, is not how they (the netroots) could have fallen so far so fast so soon. Reading the statement above, the real question is, how could they have gained such prominence in the first place?
I suppose the American people are fooled sometimes, usually out of a sweet, naive belief that a certain person or movement really does have their nation's best interests at heart, is really being honest about their intentions, and really wants the best for their county.
But we don't oft get fooled twice. Hence the election of 2010, the coming rebuke of Barack Obama, and the dismissal of the Netroot nation...