Netroots Nation will convene two days after what many activists consider the biggest election of 2012 aside from November: the Wisconsin recall.

Started by union members angry with Governor Scott Walker, the recall has become common cause on the left. Online activism has been trying to counter a massive funding advantage for Walker. Netroots have also been trying to push the national Democratic Party to expend more resources in Wisconsin — and, frustrated at the perceived lack of response, have raised money on their own, Green says.

Polls suggest that it won't be enough. We won't know for certain that it was the millions and millions in corporate contributions that tipped the scales for Walker. But from the perspective of most in the netroots, it's going to look like their blogs and e-mails are helpless against the mighty mountain of money on the other side.

That will be the backdrop when they meet in Providence; my guess is that, rather than looking back at that week's defeat, they'll be plotting how to win the next one.

To read the Talking Politics blog, go to David S. Bernstein can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @dbernstein.

< prev  1  |  2  |  3  | 
Related: Your guide to Netroots Nation 2012, Game Change?, The Dr. Phil Years, More more >
  Topics: Talking Politics , Barack Obama, Politics, netroots,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   MRS. WARREN GOES TO WASHINGTON  |  March 21, 2013
    Elizabeth Warren was the only senator on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, aside from the chair and ranking minority, to show up at last Thursday's hearing on indexing the minimum wage to inflation.
  •   MARCH MADNESS  |  March 12, 2013
    It's no surprise that the coming weekend's Saint Patrick's Day celebrations have become politically charged, given the extraordinary convergence of electoral events visiting South Boston.
  •   LABOR'S LOVE LOST  |  March 08, 2013
    Steve Lynch is winning back much of the union support that left him in 2009.
  •   AFTER MARKEY, GET SET, GO  |  February 20, 2013
    It's a matter of political decorum: when an officeholder is running for higher office, you wait until the election has been won before publicly coveting the resulting vacancy.
    It wasn't just that Scott Brown announced he was not running in the special US Senate election — it was that it quickly became evident that he was not handing the job off to another Republican.

 See all articles by: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN