YearlyKos Gets Ready for Its Closeup

With big day tomorrow, Bloggers ponder their clout with Dems
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2007 3:39 PM CDT
Senator Harry Reid addresses Kossacks at the YearlyKos 2006 DailyKos gathering.   (
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(Newser) – Bloggers contemplating the off-again, on-again appearance of Hillary Clinton at tomorrow's YearlyKos convention can't quite get over how much more respect—would fear be an exaggeration?—they're inspiring in Democrats this year, compared to the last go-round. Joe Gandelman at the Moderate Voice asks whether it means the Democratic center really has “swung to the left.” 

Does it mean that Dems will go to great lengths to dissociate themselves from the Iraq war? Or does it just mean that bloggers are now seen as crucial fundraisers and messengers? Whatever it is, naturally, someone has to complain about it:  the American Prospect's Garance Franke-Ruta’s kvetches that the conference doesn’t “feel as grassroots or exciting” as it did last year.