It was particularly interesting to note what Markos had to say.
I asked Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas if he was worried about the level of despair at the conference. He replied, “The administration should be worried about the level of despair here.” Like many attendees, he brought up the failed recall election in Wisconsin. The Republicans, he pointed out, sent all sorts of surrogates to the state to campaign for Gov. Scott Walker. “Obama stayed away,” he says. “Why? Because he would be embarrassed if he lost. I’ll tell you what. If he shows that he’s going to fight for the things that I care about, I will fight twice as hard for him.” And if he doesn’t? “Then I’ll vote for him,” says Moulitsas.First of all, did I miss an appearance by Mitt Romney - the Republican nominee - campaigning in Wisconsin for the recall? No? But he feels comfortable bashing President Obama for not going.
Secondly, I have to wonder if this is the same Markos who said this a little over 5 years ago about the left's interest groups who fight for their cause over our Democratic candidates.
There's no better way to illustrate the self-centered myopia of today's progressive interest groups. That's not to gloss over their many contributions to the cause, but we lose if our interest groups remain in their silos, focused on their own narrow agenda to the exclusion of the broader progressive movement...I remember that because I was reading Daily Kos back in those days. Markos used to regularly rail about interest groups who put their own issues ahead of electing Democrats. His position today is a complete reversal of that.
Together we can move mountains. Divided, we can help Republicans get back into the game.
When Markos says that "the administration should be worried about the level of despair" at Netroots Nation, one of my first thoughts was to remember the inspiring words of President John F. Kennedy.
Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.In other words, he was forecasting the idea that "we are the change we've been waiting for" instead of simply whining about the President not fighting hard enough for the things we care about.
The loss of that kind of sentiment is, to me, a perfect example of how so many of us have bought into this age of entitlement. I get pissed off about that. And when I do, I want to shout, GET OVER IT!