Netroots Nation

So Netroots Nation, the annual family picnic and organizing conference for progressive activists, especially those who work online, is beginning today in Phoenix. I am not attending this year for a variety of logistical reasons, but will be paying some attention to the streaming video of selected events. There are a bunch of panel discussions today, but the MSM will not tune in until tomorrow morning’s Keynote address by Elizabeth Warren.

In 2007, in Chicago, at the beginning of the last competitive Democratic presidential cycle, Netroots Nation hosted a candidate debate featuring all the contestants other than Joe Biden, in a lively event moderated by DailyKos’ Joan McCarter (this happened to be the first Netroots Nation I attended). No such look this year, but there will be a “presidential town hall” session with Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley on Saturday. Hillary Clinton wasn’t exactly the favorite at the 2007 NN, but got a lot of credit for showing up. But this whole event could turn into–or perhaps more accurately could be turned into by media coverage–something of a strategy session for “keeping Hillary honest” or displacing her altogether. I suspect the Bernie Sanders faction will be very loud and proud.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.