"Is this thing on?"
Ten years is a long time. Remember when the solution was to help the Democrats by showing them how to grow a spine? When the problem was Republicans? Happy, innocent days.
I'm very grateful to Atrios for giving me a start as a blogger, I suppose nine years ago -- we were both substitute gym teachers [joke] -- in his first set of summer fill-ins (from which Corrente originated). I admire his light touch, his genius for the exact turn of phrase. Changing the discourse, even to the extent of introducing and propagating a new word or phrase, is very, very hard -- especially when you're just a sucky blogger without any real funding -- and Atrios has done that over and over again.