Bloggers at the Gates
Posted on Mar 14, 2006
The New York Times’ editorial page gives a big plug to “Crashing the Gates,” the book on Internet-based political action, co-authored by the editor of the hugely popular blog DailyKos.
The Times calls the book’s criticism of clueless media consultants and self-defeating groups like NARAL “dead-on.”
After the disastrous 2004 election, prominent Democrats gathered in Monterey, Calif., to discuss what to do next. The organizers scheduled a session on coalition building, but each special interest complained that its issue was being slighted. In the end, the coalition-building session broke up into five separate groups, each focusing on its own issue.
This comically depressing glimpse of today’s Democratic Party is recounted in “Crashing the Gate,” a smart new book by two leading bloggers. Democrats have complained about their national leadership at least since Will Rogers wisecracked, “I am not a member of any organized political party—I am a Democrat.” But in their book, Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, founder of the liberal blog dailykos.com, and Jerome Armstrong, founder of myDD.com, give these complaints a 21st-century spin.