Ian Welsh on Netroots Nation
[L]ast week, in Vegas, I found a Netroots that is more divided than I’ve ever seen it in its short existence. I think, contrary to what the “realists” [vs. the "purists"] might say that this isn’t entirely bad. It is a real split, over real issues, and thrashing it out is worth the pain, because until we do, we won’t know what it really means to be a modern Netroots liberal or progressive: what our bedrock values are, and what we’re fighting for.
Personally, I think the only "realism" is to save yourself, because the career "progressives" would throw their own grandmothers under the bus for a teleconference slot with the Big O, but YMMV.