Friday, August 3, 2007

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This is, I believe, the third concentric circle of hell

Garance Franke-Ruta describes the 2nd annual YearlyKos convention:

[T]his conference does not feel as grassroots or exciting as last year's. It feels like a cross between the annual Institute for Politics, Democracy, and the Internet conference in Washington (which draws a who's who in political technology circles), a marathon viewing session, and a bunch of National Press Club press conferences by liberal interest groups.
Run, Garance, run!!!

Seriously, this is simply another data point confirming that the co-optation phenomenon Henry and I predicted oh so many years ago (it's coming out in a real political science journal very soon! We swear!!) is coming to pass.

UPDATE: More confirming evidence from Matthew Yglesias:

[I]t really was striking to get the visual of yesterday's gate crashers quite literally mingling with the dread establishment at a cocktail party. The question that nobody seems to know the answer to, though, is whether the revolution ended because the revolutionaries won, or because they sold out? The boring, but probably boring-because-accurate, answer is that it's a little of both.

posted by Dan on 08.03.07 at 08:28 PM


I was attending a (real, business-oriented) conference at the Riviera at the same time as the Yearly Kooks gathering there in 2006 and I must say I admire their passion. There was so much spittle flying around that I had to wear a raincoat! But, really, all you Kos'ers have to realize that just because you are carrying a laptop does not make socks-with-sandals OK. Vegas was wasted on those clowns.

posted by: Useless Sam Grant on 08.03.07 at 08:28 PM [permalink]

I would have guessed the Fifth Circle - the circle of the wrathful.

posted by: Alan K. Henderson on 08.03.07 at 08:28 PM [permalink]

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