When Howard Dean said, "You have the power," I had no idea where those inspirational words would end up leading me. -gina
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
YEARLYKOS NETROOTS CONVENTION ANNOUNCES UNPRECEDENTED FORUM FOR 2008
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES AND PROGRESSIVE LEADERS
Second Annual Convention Invites Candidates to
Answer Questions from the Blogosphere and
Engage Netroots Activists in Unscripted Citizen Dialogues
Forum Moderators include Daily Kos blogger, Joan McCarter,
With guest moderator Matt Bai, writer for the New York Times Magazine and author of a forthcoming book
on Democratic politics.
Author and blogger, Jeffrey Feldman, will facilitate questions from the blogosphere and convention
February 27, 2007 – Today organizers of the YearlyKos Convention announced an unprecedented forum
featuring potential 2008 presidential candidates during the second annual YearlyKos Convention on August
4th in Chicago. Organizers touted the forum as an opportunity to use technology to empower regular
citizens and grassroots activists to engage, vet and evaluate America’s potential leaders, both face-to-face
If you are like me, you woke up this morning, powered up the computer, opened your calendar, and thought, “OMG, I can’t believe it’s that day again." (It’s a fracking conspiracy, I tell you.) And if you are like me, you work hard for too many hours, and so it is up to you to make up for 365 days of someone else putting up with you, your wacky schedule, your strange computer habits, your hoarding of the remote control and subjecting the family to hours upon hours of c-span.
And so it’s Valentine’s Day, and you’ve got nuttin.
You could rush to store and grab the last card, complete with wrinkled envelope and foot print, grab the last brown edged rose, a few boxes of jr. mints and a frozen lasagna, or convince that special someone that delayed gratification is often worth the wait, and you’ve had something special planned all along...
OK, I'm calling it. I think this primary season is going to be incredible, and I think we are going to see an epic battle between the most authentic candidates with the best ideas. I’ve been saying that since last summer, and I know it’s pretty idealistic, but with cell phone videos to youtube, with an increase in online campaigning to better search methods, it’s just going to be too difficult for anyone to be perfect all the time. Below I note three technologies with the potential to make 2008 very interesting.
That ignored the facts that Ford had been a supporter of the Iraq war early and often, that the Beltway establishment’s imputations of racism to the ad had been rebutted by Ford himself, and that at least a marginal factor in his defeat was the congressman’s unrelentingly conservative rhetoric and voting record, one that had been well documented by the liberal portion of the blogosphere.
I wonder, is it true that there is no such thing as a moderate voter, or is it that there’s no such thing as a centrist voter? To me, moderate means "in moderation," while centrist means "average." I think people are too complex to be an average of extremes, but aren’t necessarily geared towards extremism either, preferring, instead, a middle of their own road where life's journeys can progress smoothly.
The challenges of change are always hard. It is important that we begin to unpack those challenges that confront this nation and realize that we each have a role that requires us to change and become more responsible for shaping our own future. -Hillary Clinton