Well, Netroots Nation is over and now I’m waiting for WaterFire here in Providence RI, so I figured I’d offer some comments. Van Jones provided the final keynote address, humorously poking fun at the media that’s been saying the netroots is done and depressed over the Wisconsin loss. What are we going to do, cry over mean tweets from gloating conservatives? He says. Not so much.
He made the case that the netroots and grassroots need a two-tiered strategy going forward: 1. Elect the President. We get nothing without him. 2. Have a plan in place to hold his feet to the fire after the election
It’s something the netroots have been very bad about thus far — organizing after a victory. It lets things like the Tea Party come to be.
It was a common theme all convention; even David was talking about it re:Deval Patrick’s campaing in 06.
The good news is we can kill two birds with one stone in Massachusetts. Elizabeth Warren has made it completely clear that she’s not afraid to tell the President when a plan doesn’t go far enough. She expects more and she demands more.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a Senator who, instead of working to undermine and water down legislation before he signs it and claims bipartisan victory, told Harry Reid and the President that they need to actually improve something to get their vote? That’s pretty much the progressive holy grail.
Part of being well organized is having someone on the inside who we can go to and who will listen. It allows us to create more effective strategies from the outside.
Well, that’s what I think.
There were a lot of things going on at Netroots Nation that I’m still mulling over. More blogs to come.