This is the third Netroots Nation that I’ve attended. The first two (2007 and 2008) were happy and hopeful, this one seems sad. There is a palpable sense that the middle-class is being destroyed in no small part by unelected judges and central bankers, and that it isn’t clear what we can do about it, at least in the short term.
So I can’t bring myself to get angry at the fire-baggers, not even those who write things like “Thanks to Obama, American Left Lies in Smoldering Wreckage“, or to sneer too much at the wonky young bucks, even if they hang out with pink himalayan salt-eaters. The former pour their hearts into the cause, and the latter make solid, substantive arguments in favor of pro-middle-class economic policies. We all agree — liberals of every stripe — that the 99% is getting screwed by the 1%, and that’s what matters.
Demographic changes will likely shift things in our favor over the next 10-20 years, so much so that we can probably eventually get not only better legislation, but also a non-winger SCOTUS and a Fed that cares about unemployment. We can’t wait for the calvary, it won’t be coming directly. Until then, we have to wage what will mostly be a losing battle, and I have some respect for anyone who is willing to fight it.