Liberal Bloggers Get Their Wish... or Do They?

Contemplating victory, onetime outsiders may feel disoriented
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2008 12:14 PM CDT
Ex-VP Al Gore acknowledges the applause during a meeting held by Netroots Nation Saturday, July 19, 2008, in Austin, Texas.    (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama's frontrunner status has liberal bloggers wondering whether they should have been careful what they wished for. “The way it’s looking, we might actually win this thing,” said Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitas. The "Netroots" movement began as a response to a Republican-dominated Washington; the Washington Post explores what it will do in a Democratic one.

Obama’s relationship with bloggers has been complicated; his support of FISA in particular sparked widespread condemnation. He has promised to listen to bloggers, but some are skeptical. Right now, almost everyone’s goal “is get Obama elected. Period,” one blogger said. “Now how the Netroots and Obama move forward after November, if he is elected, is another issue.”