Thoughts On the Netroots Primary
by Chris Bowers, Thu Jan 25, 2007 at 12:39:39 PM EST
Still, I have two words of caution. First, while Democrats are ahead, we could be doing even better online. I am pointing out the current gap not so much to congratulate our side, but to mock theirs. After all, there once was a time when the right-wing blogosphere and netroots were far larger, more visible, and more effective than the progressive blogosphere and netroots. However, they stagnated, kept trying to repeat their past successes, and stopped innovating. We can't let that happen to us.
Second, no matter which side you are on, it isn't just about how many online supporters you have--it is just as important to have supporters who are engaged, hardcore, active and effective. The key for Dean in 2003-4 was that his campaign excelled in both categories. Just because a given candidate might be doing well in online straw polls now does not mean that candidate has the same type of online support as Dean. Quantity and quality both matter.
This last point brings me to a different kind of straw poll. In the extended entry, I ask you not only which Democrat you currently support in 2008, but if you are a strong enough supporter to currently become an activist for his or her campaign. For example, I currently am voting for Edwards in Dailykos straw polls, but I am not a strong enough supporter at this stage to actually take action on behalf of his campaign. That is an important distinction, and one I would like to explore with MyDD readers.
Now, because of the nature of this poll, I was forced to reduce the candidate options to include only the top three straw poll recipients by name: Edwards, Obama and Clark. Everyone else is grouped into "other." Please forgive me for doing this. Still, I think a poll such as this should help provide more insight into who is actually winning the "netroots primary." Take the poll.