Health care bloggers are patting themselves on the back for the inclusion of a public option in the Senate's health care bill. Who deserves credit for building up the momentum on reform? Bloggers nominate themselves for turning up the pressure on President Obama and congressional Democrats.
- Bloggers Were Tired of Taking 'No' For an Answer Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight says "none of this would have been possible without the
yeoman effort of a relatively small number of bloggers and activists --
they know who they are -- who were tired of taking 'no' for an answer.
They wanted this fight because of the paradigm-shifting implications it
could have for how business gets done in the Democratic Party. And,
somewhat to my surprise, they're having it." Meanwhile, Silver says "conservative activists have been distracted by
ACORN, Van Jones, the NFL's conspiracy against Rush Limbaugh, and
- Liberal Bloggers Should Take a Victory Lap At The Huffington Post, Peter Daou
says "there's absolutely no doubt that [the public option] is alive
primarily because of the
vigorous efforts of online progressive activists and bloggers on
Huffington Post, Firedoglake, Daily Kos, TPM, Think Progress, Media
Matters, Salon, AmericaBlog, Crooks and Liars, and hundreds of smaller
sites (not to mention MoveOn)." But Daou warns bloggers not to expect
any accolades. He says "the credit will go to liberal-leaning
and will reference 'public support,' neglecting the fact that it took
bloggers to draw attention to the polling that showed a majority
favored the public option.
- Democracy at Work In The Atlantic, Andrew Sullivan says Obama supporters are finally understanding their role in his presidency. "What part of 'we' in 'we are the ones we've been waiting for?' does the Beltway still not understand?" he asks. "Why has it
taken this long for the Obamaphiles to tackle their leader. He's the
follower, for Pete's sake, remember? The people who voted for him are
the leaders. So make him."
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