Netroots Survey Results, Part One

Cross Psoted on Dailykos, where it could use a rec or two

This is the survey you paid for--the first survey conducted under BlogPac's new management. The results were already released at Yearly Kos, and parts of them have appeared in multiple news outlets. Also, back on Monday, I gave you a preview of the results of the netroots survey, showing that within the netroots, there is a direct correlation between frequency of political, progressive blog readership and favorable / unfavorable ratings of Hillary Clinton. Today, I would like to give you the rest of the results of the poll, broken up into two different posts. The first post can be found in the extended entry.
Background and Methodology
This survey was designed for release at Yearly Kos as part of a panel on polling and the blogosphere. As moderator of that panel, I decided that instead of rehashing the details of the many arguments that have taken place within the netroots concerning poll weighting, exit polls, question wording, impeachment / sincere questions, and other matters of polling process minutia, I instead wanted to hold a panel that would be able to capitalize on the large traditional media presence that would be at Yearly Kos. From my perspective, reigning in the anti-netroots narrative emanating from certain pundits and other elements within the established media was more important than diving into an extremely wonky panel on any of the subjects I listed above. That narrative has been largely based on anecdotes, stereotypes, out-of-date conceptions of political activism, fear, and the widespread ignorance that surrounds the relatively new phenomenon that is the progressive netroots. Considering the large media presence at the conference, if it were possible to complete and release the results of a statistically viable, scientifically random survey of the progressive netroots at Yearly Kos, then it would be possible to combat the anti-netroots narrative through research and education.

In March and April, I had spent some time with Mark Blumenthal of Mystery Pollster discussing just how such a survey could be completed. Eventually, we decided that the only viable means was through an email survey. Since the progressive netroots are still a small portion of the nation as a whole, a traditional telephone survey would require tens of thousands of phone calls in order to reach a large enough sample size. However, using the Democracy for America email list, Pew had been able of conduct a very good survey of Dean activists in 2004-2005. Since we wanted to conduct a survey of the entire progressive netroots and not just Dean activists, we instead set our sights on sampling from the largest progressive political email list of all: MoveOn.org's. With three and a half million emails, MoveOn.org is easily the largest email list within the universe of the progressive netroots, and can be understood as a solid, representative sample of the progressive netroots as a whole. We did approach other, smaller lists to try and create a combined survey, but in the end only MoveOn.org was willing to participate. While this means that we were unable to sample form the entire universe of the progressive netroots, I still feel confident that our results are the best public information to date on the progressive netroots as a whole.



What we already knew
Previous studies of the netroots had already provided us with some solid information on the nature of the progressive netroots. Specifically, the scientifically random Pew survey of Dean activists and the large, though self-selecting, Blogads survey of progressive blog readers, already provided us with key information. From these previous studies, we already knew that the progressive netroots were older than many imagined, high level consumers of news media, extremely well educated, and extremely politically active:



And from the 2006 Blogads survey:Political Engagement:
Signed a petition: 82.9% (79.9%)
Contributed to a cause/campaign: 79% (78%)
Written or called any politician: 79.9% (72.8%)
Written a letter to the editor: 47.0% (44.4%)
Attended a political rally, speech, or organized protest: 46.3% (55.3%)
Active member of any group that tries to influence public policy: 37.4% (38.5%)
Attended a public meeting on town or school affairs: 37.3% (35.0%) Although we did not ask all of these questions in our survey, the ones we did ask concerning activism replicated these results almost precisely. However, like I already noted, we already knew that the progressive netroots tended to be middle-aged, extremely politically active, high-level consumers of news media, and extraordinarily well-educated. Further, since the traditional media would already see much of this simply be attending Yearly Kos and since this information was already in the public domain, we did not want our survey to focus on these generally demographic areas of concern. We wanted to focus our survey on questions where ignorance concerning the progressive netroots was still rampant, and where further education was most needed.

Democrats in General
While many of the demographic aspects of the netroots were either widely known or at least about to be finally realized by the established news media, what is not widely known about the progressive netroots are which Democratic leaders they most favor, and which strategic directions they would suggest for the Democratic Party and progressive movement. One of the most common aspects of the anti-netroots narrative is to simply consider the netroots as far-left, unreasonable, and politically naïve. The goal of this survey was to test those assumptions. Do netroots activists prefer leaders who are consistently left-wing, or do they prefer candidates with guts and inspiration? Do the netroots demand ideological purity, or do they demand partisanship? Do the netroots make hard-line demands of Democratic and progressive leaders, or do they instead offer of pragmatic, political advice?

Early on in our survey, we posed tow open-ended questions to the netroots. First, "why have the Democrats been losing elections lately," and second, "what can Democats do to win back Congress?" Rather than demanding a move to the left, the overwhelming response was that Democrats need to stand for something:



In this sense, the netroots are exactly like the rest of the nation when it comes to the Democratic Party. As with much of the electorate, within the netroots there is an overwhelming desire for the netroots to stand for something, fight Republicans, and articulate a positive message / vision for America. From the perspective of the netroots, right now the Democratic Party is doing a terrible job on all of those fronts:



As you can see from these questions, the netroots give the Democratic Party low ratings on virtually every aspect of campaigning. The lowest rating of all comes in "providing an agenda on how they will govern." Above all else, the netroots want a positive message form Democrats.

Democratic Leaders
Back on Monday, I released this chart, which showed that the favorable / unfavorable opinion of Hillary Clinton was heavily tied into how often someone reads blogs. The more often someone reads blogs, the less likely they are to have a favorable opinion of Hillary Clinton



Now, I can only imagine that many pundits and members of the traditional media would see this chart and cimply conclude that Hillary Clinton is not well liked by blog readers because she is "too moderate," or something. However, those pundits would have a difficult time squaring that conclusion with the following list:



In our survey we conducted favorable / unfavorable ratings of about twenty-five Democratic leaders and elected officials. These were the only six Democrats who had a higher "strongly favorable" rating than a "somewhat favorable" rating. In terms of ideology, it is quite a mixed group. You can find conservative Jack Murtha, DLC co-founder Al gore, cautious moderates like Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, and progressives such as Barbara Boxer and Russ Feingold. Considering how mixed this group of six is, I see no way that one can conclude that it is ultimately ideology and left-wing stances on policy issues that most inspire the netroots. Instead, we find candidates that offer an inspirational narrative for America and the Democratic Party (Barack Obama, Bill Clinton). We see Democrats who have in fact stood up for something and fought Republicans in dramatic fashion (Jack Murtha on Iraq, Russ Feingold on civil liberties and Iraq, Barbara Boxer on election reform and Condi Rice, and Al Gore who has become one of the most full-throated critics of President bush in the last few years). Perhaps most of all, we see at the very top a Democrat who won. Bill Clinton had easily the highest "strongly favorable" rating of all Democrats, and I have little dubt that this is because he was a Democrat who actually defeated Republicans on numerous occasions and served as President.

From this list, one can see that what the netroots want is not a hard-left ideological stance, but guts, inspiration, and victory. This is something all Democratic leaders should keep in mind. We also conducted favorable ratings for most Democrats who are considered potential 2008 Presidential candidates:



As you can see, every Democrat has an overall, positive favorable rating, but only a select few have more "strong" favorables than "somewhat" favorables.

It is also interesting to note that Hillary Clinton is the least liked Democrat among the netroots. Even in comments on blogs such as MyDD, the overall counter to this argument is that "the netroots don't matter," or "the netroots have not unified behind a candidate, and can't support multiple candidates to defeat her." First, the netroots clearly do matter in terms of influencing Democratic public opinion (see Senate primary, Connecticut). Second, what many people miss is that the netroots do not necessarily have to unify behind a single candidate in order to propel someone past Hillary Clinton. Instead, the netroots can simply drag down national Democratic opinion of Hillary Clinton, allowing several candidates, all of whom may or may not have strong netroots support, move past her. Again, see Senate primary, Connecticut. Only 20% of Connecticut residents know who Ned Lamont is, yet he is already competitive in the polls simply because the netroots have dominated the local media narrative on who Joe Lieberman is. It is just as much a question of how low the netroots can drag Hillary Clinton down as it is how much they can lift someone else up.

Here were the other favorable ratings from the survey:
  • Robert Byrd: 56% favorable, 17% unfavorable, 20% strongly favorable.
  • Tom Daschle: 64% favorable, 23% unfavorable, 20% strongly favorable
  • Dick Gephardt: 62% favorable, 27% unfavorable, 10% strongly favorable
  • Paul Hackett: 24% favorable, 1% unfavorable, 12% strongly favorable
  • Rahm Emmanuel: 23% favorable, 5% unfavorable, 8% strongly favorable
  • Stephanie Herseth: 6% favorable, 1% unfavorable, 2% strongly favorable
  • Nancy Pelosi: 75% favorable, 16% unfavorable, 29% strongly favorable
  • Harry Reid: 56% favorable, 17% unfavorable, 12% strongly favorable
  • Chuck Schumer: 57% favorable, 8% unfavorable, 22% strongly favorable
I'd like to see someone in the established media look at these favorable ratings and still try to claim that the netroots are hard-line ideologues. Clearly, that does not hold up at all.

Later today, I will be posting the rest of the results, that focus on what specific strategies the netroots prescribe for the progressive movement and the Democratic Party.

Tags: Activism, netroots, polling project, public opinion, Yearly Kos (all tags)

Comments

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Progressive/Liberal

In the past, I've argued that progressive and liberal are two different things and that the Democratic Party is a coalition of liberal and moderate interests tied together by shared progressive economic ideas.  I would like to think that a non-ideological cast to netroots would support my contention.

by Anthony de Jesus 2006-06-15 09:27AM | 0 recs
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I think they ae different things as well, and personally I like the term progressive better. Progressive is the true opposite of conservative. Liberal indicates a different ieology altogther.
by Chris Bowers 2006-06-15 09:55AM | 0 recs
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"Progressive is the true opposite of conservative. Liberal indicates a different ieology altogther."

Yeah.  Like a funeral director is different from an undertaker.

by terryhallinan 2006-06-15 01:21PM | 0 recs
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Agreed.  And for an anal language person like me, the split of meaning of the word "liberal" with the other side of the ocean and history bothers me.  

by Valatan 2006-06-16 12:44AM | 0 recs
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I found it interesting that Mrs. Clinton had a high unfavorable and very favorable score, third in the very favorable scores.  I read Bartcop regularly and he asks if Mrs. Clinton is the nominee will the netroots get behind her? Or will we form the traditional circular firing squad?  Will we support someone we think has sold out to the DLC and big business over whom ever the Republicans nominate? It is a hypothetical question but it is a good one. After all politics is the art of compromise, isn't it?  As for me, I would still like to vote for Howard Dean, but I would proudly vote for the first woman President if that is my choice.  I don't believe in letting the perfect get in the way of the good.  How say you?

by upperleftedge 2006-06-15 09:55AM | 0 recs
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I don't think it will matter since the netroots will stop any DLC candidate from being the nominee. Hillary, Vilsack, Warner, and Bayh are equally unacceptable.

by Bob Brigham 2006-06-15 10:27AM | 0 recs
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If the netroots think they can do this (block candidates,) then they all better show up for their county precincts, coventions and elect their ilk to district and state and then the national convention.  This really all is about taking control of the Dem party and the only way to do this is for us being the ones who sit in the cat-bird seats.

Was also interested in the age demographics.  Being 68, I am often amused by comments "the seniors sometimes don't understand computers, blogging, etc."  

Not a "Momster"

by JFinNe 2006-06-15 10:38AM | 0 recs
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That netroots could easily get behind Mark Warner.

by mlangenmayr 2006-06-15 10:39AM | 0 recs
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not. gonna. happen.

by Bob Brigham 2006-06-15 10:53AM | 0 recs
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I'm see your reason for concern and would favor the same course of action.

Until that time comes, however, I'm going to help move heaven and earth to get a better candidate nominated, because -- much as I look forward proudly to the day a woman Democrat becomes the first POTUS -- we can do so much better for our party and nation than Mrs. Clinton, the politician.

by bruorton 2006-06-15 10:37AM | 0 recs
Not a chance

Forgive me if I don't sell my Republic down the river of dynasticism.

I think entering a third decade of two family rule is a bit much, don't you?

by ElitistJohn 2006-06-15 10:48AM | 0 recs
Poll Data

Chris,

will the whole dataset (or even just crosstabs) be released at any point?

by bonobo 2006-06-15 10:57AM | 0 recs
Re: Poll Data
I hope so. We are working on it.
by Chris Bowers 2006-06-15 11:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Poll Data

Was the dataset from the first poll ever released?

by aaronetc 2006-06-15 12:25PM | 0 recs
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Ahh hard numbers.  A beautiful thing. I'm currently having survey envy because I'm working on questions for one that DMI is doing.
Anyway thank you for playing mythbusters for the netroots. Might be worth sending copies of this to the managing editors of print publications.
by DMIer 2006-06-15 11:03AM | 0 recs
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Very interesting stuff.  Having participated in the Pew study of Dean activists myself, it is interesting to see a snapshot of the netroots as a whole.

I'm curious though, is there going to be more demographic information about those in the netroots?

I see we have age and education, but I'd be interested to know more, such as prior voting behavior or employment.  For example, I work in public affairs strategy/consulting, but I would guess that the netroots is not heavily concentrated in those areas, but are probably spread amongst tons of different professions.

Or is the rest of the data all based on what strategies the netroots think Dems should pursue?

by BringtheFight 2006-06-15 12:34PM | 0 recs
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Facinating. I was kind of harsh on teh first numbers when it looked like this was just going to be a bash Hillary poll.

Please do relase the dataset. I'd love to play around with this on my own.

by dantheman 2006-06-15 12:37PM | 0 recs
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"Guts, inspiration, and victory." I like it!

by nstrauss 2006-06-15 12:58PM | 0 recs
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Herseth was an old school blogosphere candidate.

by Bob Brigham 2006-06-15 01:13PM | 0 recs
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Is there any data showing that MoveOn members are typical of 'netroots'? Or online activists generally? They would seem to me to be a pretty select group, with little overlap on some large chunks of the Democratic base.

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by Glen 2007-05-23 02:40AM | 0 recs
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What do you mean Hackett hasn't been a major player in the party -- from a netroots perspective. There is a reason he has better numbers than Emanuel.

by Bob Brigham 2006-06-15 02:40PM | 0 recs
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Yeah, I just like pointing out that Hackett has better numbers than one of the guys who screwed him over.

by Bob Brigham 2006-06-15 03:08PM | 0 recs
Al From, not Al Gore, founded the DLC

There is ONLY ONE person that official DLC documents indicate was the founder of the DLC. And that's Al From. There is also compelling indication that Gore has parted ways with the DLC.

1. Strong Evidence that Al From (and he alone) founded the DLC

There is absolutely no evidence presented thus far except for third party claims that Al Gore was founder or a co-founder of the DLC. We all know much about third party claims on Al Gore, don't we? Shall we go ahead and "invent some internets"?

Straight from the horses mouth (i.e. a DLC document)


DLC | Overview | July 1, 2005
About the Democratic Leadership Council

Who We Are:

The Democratic Leadership Council is an idea center, catalyst, and national voice for a reform movement that is reshaping American politics by moving it beyond the old left-right debate. Under the leadership of founder and CEO Al From, the DLC seeks to define and galvanize popular support for a new public philosophy built on progressive ideals, mainstream values, and innovative, non bureaucratic, market-based solutions. At its heart are three principles: promoting opportunity for all; demanding responsibility from everyone; and fostering a new sense of community.

Since its inception, the DLC has championed policies from spurring private sector economic growth, fiscal discipline and community policing to work based welfare reform, expanded international trade, and national service.

Throughout the 90's, innovative, New Democrat policies implemented by former DLC Chairman President Bill Clinton helped to produce the longest period of sustained economic growth in our history, the lowest unemployment in a generation, 22 million new jobs; and helped to cut the welfare rolls in half, reduce the crime rate for seven straight years, balance the budget and streamline the federal bureaucracy to its smallest size since the Kennedy administration.

Now, with the help of Chairman Governor Tom Vilsack (D-IA), the DLC is promoting new ideas at the local, state, and national levels; working through a national network of reformers and practitioners; and offering an approach to governing that is distinctly different from traditional liberalism and conservatism to build the next generation of America's leaders.

The DLC publishes Blueprint: Ideas for a New Century, an innovative policy journal aimed at identifying the central ideas and policies that will guide American politics in the 21st century. The DLC also provides political commentary and analysis through its online newsletter, "The New Dem Dispatch," which is circulated by email to thousands of opinion leaders and policy makers in Washington and around the country.

The DLC was founded in 1985. The past chairs include former President Bill Clinton, Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana, Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, former Rep. Dave McCurdy of Oklahoma, former Sen. John Breaux of Louisiana, former Sen. Sam Nunn of Georgia, former Sen. Charles Robb of Virginia, and former House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt of Missouri.

((ed: note the absence of Gore in the list of chair persons as well))

DLC Quick Facts:

Organization: The DLC is a nonprofit corporation exempt from tax under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is not a political committee and is not organized to influence elections.

Mission: The DLC's mission is to promote public debate within the Democratic Party and the public at large about national and international policy and political issues. Specifically, as the founding organization of the New Democrat movement, the DLC's goal is to modernize the progressive tradition in American politics for the 21st Century by advancing a set of innovative ideas for governing through a national network of elected officials and community leaders.

Chairman: Governor Tom Vilsack (D-IA)

Vice Chair: U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE)

Chair of the DLC's American Dream Iniative: U.S. Senator
Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY)

Founder and Chief Executive Officer: Al From

President: Bruce Reed

Vice President and Political Director: Holly Page

Chief of Staff: Debbie Cox Bultan

Address:
600 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20003
Web: DLC.org (www.dlc.org)
Phone: (202) 546-0007
Fax: (202) 544-5002
Press Email: press@dlc.org
Membership Email: memberships@dlc.org

General Inquiries: Please use our Contact Form

It is clear that Al Gore was a member of the DLC, but that is very different from being credited/discredited with the possible spin that he was a founder or co-founder. Now, it is also possible (and likely) that he was a member of the DLC when it first started. But equating that to "co-founder" is not too different from smearing him that "Gore said he invented the internet", if you think about it. Even references such as "founding member", unless also accompanied by the fact the Al From was the founder, can be considered misrepresentations.

2. A Strong Indication that Gore parted ways with the DLC

Let us also look at this: no mention of Gore was made (but Clinton is mentioned) in this August 2000 "Hyde park declaration":


DLC | Key Document | August 1, 2000
The Hyde Park Declaration: A Statement of Principles and a Policy Agenda for the 21st Century

Publisher's Note: Last May, at the invitation of the Democratic Leadership Council, elected officials from across the country met at Franklin D. Roosevelt's estate in Hyde Park, N.Y. Their goal was to begin drafting a statement of New Democrat principles and a broad national policy agenda for the next decade. This manifesto, The Hyde Park Declaration, is the result of their work.

The Hyde Park Declaration has a historic antecedent. At their 1990 annual meeting, held in New Orleans, DLC members -- chaired by then-Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas -- issued The New Orleans Declaration. That statement of principles became the guiding philosophy of Clinton's 1992 run for the presidency and later that of his presidential administration. The New Orleans Declaration's call for a citizen-government relationship based on the values of opportunity, responsibility, and community subsequently became the main organizing principle of Third Way political movements in Britain and around the world.

"Because of the work done in New Orleans and the fact that the American people gave us a chance two years later to test it, we have proven that ideas matter, and that for the decade of the '90s our ideas were the right ones," President Clinton told the Hyde Park gathering. "They have put the Democratic Party at the vital center of American life."

...

Signatories include:

Evan Bayh, United States Senator, Indiana
John Breaux, United States Senator, Louisiana
Lee Brown, Mayor, Houston, Texas
Bob Buckhorn, City Councilman, Tampa, Fla.
Tom Burroughs, State Representative, Kansas
Kevin Cahill, State Assemblyman, New York
Ken Cheuvront, State Representative, Arizona
Michael Coleman, Mayor, Columbus, Ohio
Pat Colwell, State Representative, Maine
Kathleen Connell, State Controller, California
Marti Crow, State Representative, Kansas
Donald T. Cunningham Jr., Mayor, Bethlehem, Pa.
Wayne Curry, County Executive, Prince George's County, Md.
Jim Davis, United States Representative, Florida
Dan DeMarco, Commissioner of Ross Township, Pennsylvania
Dana Lee Dembrow, State Delegate, Maryland
Calvin Dooley, United States Representative, California
Douglas M. Duncan, County Executive, Montgomery County, Md.
John A. Fritchey, State Representative, Illinois
Jeff Gombosky, State Representative, Washington
Ron Gonzales, Mayor, San Jose, California
James S. Gregory, City Councilman, Bethlehem, Pa.
Daniel Grossman, State Representative, Colorado
Lars A. Hafner, State House Democratic Caucus Chairman, Florida
Bob Hagedorn, State Representative, Colorado
Karen Hale, State Senator, Utah
Robert Henriquez, State Representative, Florida
Scott N. Howell, State Senate Democratic Leader, Utah
Sam Hoyt, State Assemblyman, New York
Calvin Johnson, State Representative, Arkansas
Paula F. Julander, State Senate Minority Whip, Utah
Ember Reichgott Junge, State Senate Assistant Majority Leader, Minnesota
Delores G. Kelley, State Senator, Maryland
John F. Kerry, United States Senator, Massachusetts
Kwame Kilpatrick, State Representative, Michigan
Mary Landrieu, United States Senator, Louisiana
Thomas Lazieh, City Councilman, Central Falls, R.I.
Joseph Lieberman, United States Senator, Connecticut
Blanche Lambert Lincoln, United States Senator, Arkansas
Duane E. Little, Assessor, Shoshone County, Idaho
Dannel P. Malloy, Mayor, Stamford, Conn.
Jennifer Mann, State Representative, Pennsylvania
Jack Markell, State Treasurer, Delaware
Stan Matsunaka, State Senator, Colorado
Jonathan Miller, State Treasurer, Kentucky
Tom Miller, State Attorney General, Iowa
Bobby Moak, State Representative, Mississippi
James P. Moran Jr., United States Representative, Virginia
Eva Moskowitz, City Council Member, New York
Ed Murray, State Representative, Washington
Janet Napolitano, Attorney General, Arizona
Martin O'Malley, Mayor, Baltimore, Md.
Marc R. Pacheco, State Senator, Massachusetts
John D. Porcari, State Secretary of Transportation, Maryland
David Quall, State Representative, Washington
Joe Rice, Mayor, Glendale, Colo.
John Riggs IV, State Senator, Arkansas
Antonio R. Riley, State Representative, Wisconsin
Stacy Ritter, State Representative, Florida
Charles Robb, United States Senator, Virginia
Carroll G. Robinson, City Councilman, Houston, Texas
Tim Roemer, United States Representative, Indiana
Linda J. Scheid, State Senator, Minnesota
Allyson Schwartz, State Senator, Pennsylvania
Kathleen Sebelius, State Insurance Commissioner, Kansas
Eleanor Sobel, State Representative, Florida
Ellen O. Tauscher, United States Representative, California
Michael L. Thurmond, State Labor Commissioner, Georgia
Tom Vilsack, Governor, Iowa
Kirk Watson, Mayor, Austin, Texas
J.D. Williams, State Controller, Idaho
Philip Wise, State Representative, Iowa
Jane Wood, State Representative, New Hampshire


supposedly DLC's scripture for their Appease/Calculate/Triangulate (ACT) philosophy of politics. They also opposed Gore's populist "People, not the powerful" campaign in 2000.

Given that Gore was the party's nominee by then, not mentioning his name in their major "vision" document begs the question: did the DLC brass (Al From etal) actually want Gore to win in 2000?

Remember that Gore endorsed Dean, the un-DLC, in 2004 over Lieberman. It may look like a mistake, but remember that Dean fell in 2004 precisely from DLC and rightwing attacks, and that the baseless smears that he was an "elitist Northeast liberal" and that "he is unelectable" came before his post-Iowa scream. The latter was essentially self-fulfilling prophesy. Yes, even after the scream (even which gained such notoriety only because it was taken out of context, played without the background noise, and was played 700+ times in a span of a day or two, to make Dean seem to be something he isn't), there are ways by which Howard could one day get elected as President, and he would make one hell of a President (as would Al Gore, of course).


Note to Chris: in the interests of accuracy, unless you can provide firsthand documentation (i.e. not a third party assertion or characterization. A DLC document will do), it is incumbent upon you to retract in a visible way your claim "DLC-cofounder Al Gore", and make a post (here and at DKos) to clarify the situation as well.


Postscript
I believe that Gore is working to build a consensus among Democrats, Independents, Greens, Libertarians and other 3rd parties, reasonable DLC membership (sans their disastrous foreign policy prescription, and suggestions of unregulated trade), principled Republicans (that would like to see budgets balanced and respect civil liberties) towards solving the crises that both our climate/environment and our Democracy currently face.

The reader is invited to explore the speeches and other information given below:


Why Al Gore for President

Here are ten good reasons.


  1. Gore's MLK-Day speech video (here is a 10-step course of action inspired by that speech).
  2. Unseen Al Gore video
  3. 'President' Gore on <span class="caps">SNL</span>
  4. Iraq War Opposition speech (and his Nov'02 hardball appearance where he talks about it).
  5. His speech calling for a near-complete repeal of the Patriot Act
  6. Clinton/Gore Economic successes, including 22 million net new jobs
  7. Cerf and Kahn's statement on Al Gore's singularly vital contributions to making the popular internet happen.
  8. President Carter's assessment that Gore won in 2000. Link
  9. An important diary on the 2000 pres. race: Gore was not a weak candidate in 2000
  10. Gore's crusade to combat global warming, including his movie An Inconvenient Truth.

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Re: Netroots Survey Results, Part One
Note to Chris: in the interests of accuracy, unless you can provide firsthand documentation (i.e. not a third party assertion or characterization. A DLC document will do), it is incumbent upon you to retract in a visible way your claim "DLC-cofounder Al Gore", and make a post (here and at DKos) to clarify the situation as well.
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