I just attended the Georgia Caucus at Netroots Nation, and it made me feel especially old, because I can remember a time when Republicans in that state were facing a lot of the same structural problems that progressives are experiencing today.

I left the session (after meeting viral video maestro James Carter IV) feeling better, though. These folks have pretty much drunk the dregs from the bottom of the glass, politically speaking, and are ready for something new–from Democratic candidates and from themselves. They understand the opportunities being created for them by GOP misgovernment and right-wing extremism, and the know there’s a demographic wind behind their backs as well. So I suspect next time Georgia progressive activists gather, that feeling of attending the very first revival meeting will have passed.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.