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.”

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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, and Jerome Armstrong, founder of, give these complaints a 21st-century spin.

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