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There are differences. Just as the evangelicals eventually noticed, if only a little, that the corporatists were using them as voting machine fodder while laughing at them, the netroots are loud and connected and semi-organised, and I think there's a very real sense of shock that Obama really might just be another guy in a cheap suit who will promise anything and everything but really just wants their cash.

The problem for Obama is that he has let the mask slip too early. People are going to be watching his speeches and at least some of them are going to be feeling cognitive dissonance when he makes some of his special kiss-it-better promises about something or other.

If dKos stopped being a website where the rabble mouth off and started turning itself into a formal voting and funding bloc, that would give it some real leverage.

Cats can't be herded so that's no likely to happen soon. But unless the 'roots can find themselves a big stick, the pols are going to continue treating them like big fluffy piles of cute who can be placated with a a doggy treat and a bit of stroking when they start getting too yappy.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 01:51:52 PM EST
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