July 24, 2010

PROFANITY IS A SORRY SUBSTITUTE FOR THOUGHT:

Where the JournoLists Roam (and Moan): Liberal bloggers sulk at this year's Netroots Nation gathering. (JOHN FUND, 7/24/10, WSJ)

How nervous are liberals about the November election and how angry are they at conservatives? Plenty, to judge from this year's Netroots Nation gathering of 2,000 liberal bloggers and activists.

At last year's Pittsburgh gathering, I saw a group of cheerful and upbeat folk assemble a full-fledged alternative convention for the Democratic Party. This year's meeting, in contrast, is characterized by angst and confusion. In Pittsburgh, I was treated with civility and even kindness. This year, three liberal bloggers surrounded me with video cameras within minutes of my arrival. They followed me into the media room, endlessly repeating questions about my articles on ACORN. Finally, they had to be asked to leave by other reporters there.

Signs that all is not well showed up in other places. Many of those in attendance openly expressed concern that President Obama is losing momentum in pushing their causes. "I've definitely never heard more cursing by speakers at a political conference than at Netroots Nation," Philip Klein of the American Spectator told me.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 24, 2010 6:07 PM
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