(Please welcome Tim Tagaris, veteran of the Ned Lamont, Paul Hackett and Sherrod Brown campaigns who is joining us today in the comments. He is currently in Louisiana covering the Karen Carter race for MyDD and lighting up Bourbon Street — JH)
Before we start, I am so thankful Jane offered me this opportunity to express the campaign's appreciation to everyone here at FDL for your support of Ned Lamont. That's Jane, Christy, T-Rex, Pach, and YOU.
Thank you … so much. It was a fun ride, wasn't it?
Since the campaign ended, a lot of folks have asked me, "would Ned have won the primary without the netroots?" Here's what I do know: clawing back from a 60 point deficit in the polls was never going to happen unless every aspect of the campaign not only succeeded, but excelled. A lot of consultant types point to fundraising as the be-all-end-all measure of online success in a campaign … and we all thank you for the contributions through the Blue America page.
But what isn't always noted is the impact THIS very community (above-the-fold posters and your participation) had in securing local Choice endorsements, pressuring the HRC, breaking news stories, setting the agenda in the traditional media, and creating a tremendous amount of buzz around the effort that translated into a ton of free media. Additionally, hardly a day went by there wasn't an FDL'er in campaign headquarters making phone calls, stuffing envelopes, fitting yard signs and the dirty work of democracy every successful campaign needs throughout the cycle. So the short answer to the question posed above is, "no, probably not." And honestly, I am not sure Ned wins the primary without this community's participation alone. Please feel good about that. Despite the November loss … I do.