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Monday, May 15, 2006

What's the "netroots" equivalent of Astroturf?

I don't have a lot of time to comment on this today, but the sinister side of the blogosphere is inflating itself in an attempt to fool its enemies. This item in the Houston Chronicle quotes Markos Moulitsas (his Zuniga having fallen off somewhere en route):

"No longer would D.C. insiders impose their candidates on us without our input; those of us in the netroots could demand a say in our political fortunes," Moulitsas said. "Today, however, Hillary Clinton seems unable to recognize this new reality. She seems ill-equipped to tap into the Net-energized wing of her party. ... She may be the establishment's choice, but real power in the party has shifted."

I laughed out loud at that one. Thank you, Kos, Destroyer of Worlds! How does this sort of stuff become news? Is this someone's press release, re-written and gussied up with quotes from Jonah Goldberg?

Arianna Huffington is singing the same song. (Via Protein Wisdom.)