[Welcome M. Simon's referrals. He took note of this post as well as leaving the first comment. I responded via another post.]
Will Rogers said it best: "I'm not a member of any organized political party...I'm a Democrat."
Today's netroots collection are cyber-heirs to that sentiment.
If you really want to know what is going on politically, get ready to go deep and dirty, make notes, remember a lot of names you never before heard of, and don't expect to come up with a lot of soundbites that flow easily into a two-minute snip. Political ferment on the Left is as complicated as I have observed in my adult life...and as promising.
At no time during the last forty years have so many disparate opinion-makers come together in common cause. We owe this phenomenon to the magisterial autocracy that has blatantly shoved its way into Washington over the last fifteen or twenty years. Both of the mainline parties have been complicit, each allowing the other to exploit the other in the hope that when their turn came the favor would be returned.
That dynamic is now under attack.
This is important.
Make no mistake about it. A great swing of the pendulum is about to get underway.
This is not a short clip. It will take a quarter of an hour if you don't pause and reflect on what she says. If you do, it may take longer. But Digby, this previously pseudonymous blogger, comes across as one of the most articulate voices of what is emerging as a new American Left. (That would be "new" with a lower-case "n" and "American" with a capital "A.")
http://www.ourfuture.org/tba is the home of Take Back America. Video from the Gala Dinner at Take Back America 2007 in Washington, DC - ... all » June 19, 2007. The blogosphere's most famous unknown makes herself known, and accepts the Paul Wellstone Citizen Leadership Award on behalf of the entire progressive blogosphere.