There seems to be a big divide here between people here for themselves and those here for organizations.
There also seems to be a (related?) divide between the idealistic grassroots and cynical operatives. And many “big name bloggers” seem to be operatives. I was talking to one the other day, and we had a very interesting exchange:
Him: You know, our first success as the netroots was not electing Howard Dean as chair of the DNC, but it was in fact Ben Chandler (a blue dog). People seem to think the netroots is ideological, but we’re not.
Me: Then what is the netroots if not ideological?
The more I think about it, the more it seems that that’s what’s really going on. If peole in the elite, be they senators or bloggers or whatever, want to spread a message, or move the media to the left, they can’t do it straigh tup So what they do is convince the grassroots that they really care about FISA, or Electing Travis Childers, or whatever. And then teh grassroots energy translates to a message on Chris Matthews, or whatever.