From everything I have seen Rep. Miller has been incredibly determined to fight for the good guys, especially on economic issues. With him and Edwards, its almost like fighting for working class people is something to be proud of. Who would have thought?
I don't know what the answer is, and I know each of you has a ton on your plate. But below Jonathan says he reads every comment. It doesn't neccesarily mean that he has to respond to everyone, but, it would be good to know you are listening, and that there is interaction, and it is 2 way.
Again, for whatever reason, and it is a chicken and egg thing, Markos prob gets a pass because of the fact that there is such an identifiable community, that mixes in former Presidents with dopes like me. On sites where that doesn't happen (which would be every single other one there is), I want to interact with people who are posting. So, it doesn't have any easy solution, except to say that if there is a change, it certainly does not need to mean you answer everything. But, it is at least good to know that you are reading what people are saying, at least to your own posts.
When I go to DKos, and Markos writes something, I never expect him to participate in the discussion. With hundreds of diaries, I don't expect him to participate in other diaries, either. But, if someone else posts a diary, be it Meteor Blades, Joe Schmoe, or Wes Clark I don't expect them to run off- there has to be some interacting. While I give Markos a mental pass for some reason, he is about it amongst the community bloggers. I strongly feel that if you want to have a good community, you have to be a part of it, including interacting with your readers.
At times, I don't think there is that type of interaction here. It is not consistent, and it is not equal across everyone, but, sometimes there seems to me at least to be a little bit too much disconnect between the front pagers and everyone else.
Sounds good. I am interested in how you plan to make it lasting... I know MoveOn did great work in PA in 2004. And then they promptly took their lists and went home. When local progressives wanted to start to focus inward after November, they were left with only the option of creating something from scratch, which has not exactly been easy.