Nonetheless, there are still plenty of folks who simply think bloggers are a group of fringe activists who like to toot their own horns but never actually show up when it matters. It appears as though that's what Chris Mathews believes as he was preaching those values on his show Thursday evening.
I don’t consider them Democrats, I consider them netroots, and they’re different. And if I see that they vote in every election or most elections, I’ll be worried. But I’m not sure that they’re regular grown-up Democrats. I think that a lot of those people are troublemakers who love to sit in the backseat and complain. They’re not interested in governing this country. They never ran for office, they’re not interested in working for somebody in public office. They get their giggles from sitting in the backseat and bitching.As I said earlier, that's completely off base. Just here in Virginia, for instance, I know that I am one of several bloggers who have donated and raised a significant amount of money for various candidates. Furthermore, many of us have served as officers in our local Democratic Committee (including myself) and have also been staffers for campaigns or community organizations (once again, including myself). As Kos pointed out in an appearance on the Ed Show, that's not just the case here in Virginia but can be said about the netroots all across the country. So the next time you here someone try to dismiss criticism simply because it came from a blogger, remember that the netroots are often times some of the most active and insightful people you can talk to about the important issues of the day.