Shoving the Overton window left
Not sure about Lord Kos doing the polling -- can Kos be trusted not to purge the results? -- but Hamsher and Greenwald have fought the good fight (modulo some peccadillos in the primariez, which we've all moved on from anyhow).
The mission statement reads:
[T]o use primaries to hold incumbents to account for voting with corporate interests instead of their constituents.
I take it, then, that holding an incumbent President to account is not within project scope, given that Presidents don't vote?*
NOTE Although Biden, as the potentially tie-breaking vote in the Senate, could be held to account.
UPDATE Pacific John's reaction:
The problem with this net-centric project is identical to other Netroots failings, it does not enfranchise most Democrats, and like in the primary, is likely to oppose groups that are not well represented online: minorities, women, the working class. It's entirely likely Accountability Now will find itself opposing the majority of liberals and the majority of Democrats. It's also likely that they will support "progressives," who are more conservative on economic issues than a district's voters are. (I could suggest that they cede FISA, universal health care, electoral reform and college loans right out of the gate, but that would be mean).
As Michael Lind repeatedly points out, the country is both more economically progressive and socially moderate than Democratic elite are. The tactic of primarying can be highly successful if Accountability Now overlaps the economic sensibilities of moderate districts, but anti-Democratic if it picks fights over minor cultural signals.
All this is to point out the obvious, working class Americans, by far the majority of the country, do not have an organic leadership class. Women and minorities are underrepresented.
While the Netroots has empowered itself and opened up the Democratic Party to high tech populism, it excludes the majority, a majority that we must realize, has more at stake than do the comfortable members of the Netroots demographic.
That's true. I'd still rather have this in place than not. We just have to pull even more left.