chapter  1
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The Emerging Era of Internet Politics

The narrative goes something like this: the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, in the form of immoderate bloggers lacking in political sophistication, threaten sober, long-standing professionals in their own party in a grand battle over the party’s ideological direction. If the bloggers win, it will come at the expense of the party’s viability because the liberals threaten to push the Democratic Party out of the political mainstream. In this telling of the story, bloggers are characterized as naïve extremists engaged in an ideological struggle with temperate Beltway insiders. They are portrayed as a monolithic lot of young upstarts whose lack of

political experience leads them to foolishly demand that experienced pros relinquish the all-important ideological middle ground to an out-of-step liberal agenda.