Monday, July 26, 2010

Netroots Nation (3): David Lightman's reporting

McClatchy covered the Netroots Nation convention, and there reporting on it was generally good. Here is a wrap-up article from David Lightman, 'Netroots' disappointed in Obama, but want him to succeed 07/25/2010.

He also filed this report the previous day, Liberals press Obama for more action on key issues 07/24/2010.

And this report from Friday a week ago, Liberal 'netroots' convention will test Democratic activists 07/16/2010. It's interesting to see this report in connection with his later ones on the actual event and along with this commentary on the July 16 story from Daily Kos, Bold action to solve problems by Lawrence Lewis 07/24/2010, in which Lewis notes:

And then Lightman falls into the false framing that it's a question of idealism or pragmatism, that super-majorities are necessary, for enacting a party's agenda. This thinking always begs the question of how Bush and Reagan succeeded in enacting the bulk of their agendas with nothing close to super-majorities. It also glosses over the question of how a party sells its agenda to the public, and how an administration sells its agenda to Congress. Any student of history knows that some leaders have been more successful than others-- and not because they had more partisan or idealistic legislatures. Pragmatism is in the eye of the beholder.
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