Opening Up the Netroots Page for Candidate Nominations
by Matt Stoller, Sat May 06, 2006 at 11:43:10 AM EDT
The netroots page has six candidates on it right now. As we move into high powered election season, we're going to add a lot more. I'm not going to pretend that I know what candidates are doing well out there. I mean this is a big country. I do think that the blogs collectively can make some very shrewd judgments. So we're opening up the netroots page for nominations from anyone out there who reads and writes on blogs.
There are three criteria for a netroots candidate. None of them are hard and fast, but the ideal netroots candidate would meet all three of these criteria:
1) There should be a netroots presence in the state or district.
2) The candidate should be a populist and/or a progressive, preferably both.
3) Candidates falling into the 'blue state' or 'northeastern strategy' bucket make sense. These are people running in Democratic leaning states against moderate or right-wing Republicans.
Again, these criteria aren't absolute. If a candidate is especially netroots-savvy, or there's a strong netroots presence in a non-blue area, that's fine. If backing a candidate would suck up a lot of Republican money or otherwise have useful strategic implications, that's fine too. We're looking for places we can make a difference using the distributed nature of the blogs.
So who would you nominate for the netroots page? And why?