Star blogger doesn't get labor
The netroots, like all political movements, has its own emerging culture, complete with various assumptions about how politics work.
One of the defining characteristics of the blogosphere is its hostility towards "single-issue groups," which, for some, is a plague on progressivism almost as insidious as the beltway pundits and consultants that constitute liberal bloggers' natural prey.
In my mind, that hostility often goes over-the-top; I believe too much attention and too many resources get sucked up by single-issue groups, but I also think their causes are important and one can't just unilaterally disarm; if we were to shut down NARAL tomorrow, the National Right to Life Committee would continue to lobby aggressively and help get their candidates elected.
(And, of course, there's no small amount of irony in the fact that many of the bloggers who bitch about single-issue organizations are part of the coalition to preserve net neutrality -- the single-issue that's most important to them.)
That may be part of the culture, but it's dangerous to extend the analysis too far. Which is why I was so bothered by a recent post by MYDD's Chris Bowers -- with whom I agree more often than not -- in which he lumped the labor movement in with his hated single-issue groups. The post was in response to a complaint by labor activist Nathan Newman about how revelers at the recent YearlyKos convention ignored the panels on working families.