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Conservatives Out-Tweet Liberals
Conservatives Out-Tweet Liberals

Conservatives Out-Tweet Liberals

Early-adopting GOP Twitterati more organized, numerous

(Newser) - You might assume that Twitter, like most things having to do with the Internet, is dominated by liberals and “netroots” activists. But you’d be wrong, according to Johanna Neuman of the Los Angeles Times. John McCain hit the million-follower mark weeks before the White House did, and he’...

It's the Small Change We Should Believe In

(Newser) - The 2008 election marked the death knell of post-Watergate public financing, Mark Schmitt writes for the American Prospect, but the raft of small donations that killed the system heralds a hopeful future. The public financing system was designed—and failed—to limit the influence of special interests: “Since the...

The Plouffe Plan That Terrifies Washington

Senior adviser plans to turn Obama's campaign machine into Obama's governing machine

(Newser) - The shy middleman who spearheaded Barack Obama's campaign now plans to morph it into a powerful netroots organization, Lisa Taddeo writes in Esquire. Drawing on his unprecedented 13-million-name contact list, David Plouffe says he will soon unveil Organizing for America, a group aimed at drumming up support for policy initiatives....

Obama Tries to Re-Plant Netroots

(Newser) - Barack Obama is determined to turn the legions of Facebook friends and Twitter subscribers that got him elected into an effective force for his administration, the New York Times  reports. He’s already begun issuing his weekly addresses via YouTube video, rather than radio, and crafted a new group called...

Web-Saavy Obama Needs No Party
 Web-Saavy Obama 
 Needs No Party 

Web-Saavy Obama Needs No Party

(Newser) - Barack Obama has so revolutionized politics that he may not even need the Democratic party, writes David Carr in the New York Times. Parties are supposed to provide a base of support, a brand, ground troops, money, and relationships—all things Obama already has in abundance. The president-elect ran his...

Internet Army Could Power Obama Presidency

President-elect intends to use grassroots to his advantage

(Newser) - Barack Obama hadn’t even given his victory speech when the message went out to supporters: “We have a lot to do,” the email read. “I’ll be in touch.” Obama won’t disband his digitally organized army of volunteers, McClatchy reports. Joe Trippi, who designed...

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

Contemplating victory, onetime outsiders may feel disoriented

(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...

Gore Wows Bloggers at Austin Show
Gore Wows Bloggers at Austin Show

Gore Wows Bloggers at Austin Show

Surprise visit sparks talk of green issues, White House post

(Newser) - Al Gore surprised a crowd of liberal bloggers today by showing up at the Netroots Nation conference in Austin, Texas. He wowed the 3,000 progressives by emerging after Nancy Pelosi and giving a speech on the importance of grassroots organization for green issues. When asked about sharing a spot...

'Right-Wing Freak Machine' Hit Me: Clark

General thanks bloggers for defending his McCain remark

(Newser) - Wesley Clark told a netroots conference last night that he was attacked by the “great freak show” after saying John McCain’s POW experience wasn’t sufficient qualification for the presidency, the Huffington Post reports. “This is a playbook operation by the right-wing freak machine,” Clark said,...

Lefties Deliver 'Joe Must Go' Petition to Dems

Activists say backer of McCain, war shouldn't hold key Senate spots

(Newser) - Online activists are bringing a petition with 43,000 signatures to Democratic senators today, demanding Joe Lieberman be stripped of key committee roles. The group states, “We CANNOT tolerate a leader of the Senate Democratic Caucus who supports George Bush and McCain's War in Iraq … and endorses and...

In Drilling, Right May Find Gold Mine of Support

Gingrich's 'Drill Now' online drive has seen huge conservative response

(Newser) - Insiders warned it was risky for John McCain to reverse himself on offshore drilling, but the issue might yet prove the nucleus for a “right roots” movement to counter MoveOn, Politico reports. In the few weeks since the proposal entered the national conversation, 1.2 million people have signed...

Dem Feud Sparks Split at Liberal Blogs

Ex-allies MyDD and Daily Kos battle over Hillary Clinton

(Newser) - The Hillary Clinton-Barack Obama rift has divided a once-unified world of liberal bloggers, The New Republic reports. MyDD founder Jerome Armstrong shocked Cyber-lefties 4 months ago by backing Clinton, calling her the "practical choice." Obama fans quickly rallied at Daily Kos, one blasting MyDD as "a toxic...

Candidates Face Liberal Bloggers
Candidates Face Liberal Bloggers

Candidates Face Liberal Bloggers

(Newser) - Political campaigning took another step into the blogosphere today as Democratic presidential hopefuls vied for the support of the netroots community at the Yearly Kos convention in Chicago. Seven of the eight candidates answered sometimes-testy questions from what the AP called "powerful and polarizing liberal bloggers."

YearlyKos Gets Ready for Its Closeup

With big day tomorrow, Bloggers ponder their clout with Dems

(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...

Kossaks Will Wield Real Power in '08

National Review writer oozes respect for Daily Kos

(Newser) - As Daily Kos opens its second annual YearlyKos convention in Chicago today, National Review’s Byron York takes stock of the Kossacks' accomplishments since he dubbed them the "Vast Left Wing Conspiracy" in his book two years ago. Then, they had the power to shake up the Democratic Party...

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