Facebook has a feature where you get notified when someone identifies you in a photo. I got an alert when I was checking my email this morning and went to make sure it wasn’t anything that might keep me from running for office some day. You know how it is.
This is the photo, taken by Matt Ortega at the Drinking Liberally party on Thursday night at YearlyKos and I think that this shot of a random party moment tells you more about the real convention than a thousand WaPo hit pieces ever could.
There’s Rafael Collazo from Brown Planet on the far left, Shireen Mitchell of Digital Sistas in the foreground, Jessica Valenti, Amanda Marcotte, and that’s me peering out from behind Amanda and litbrit just to the left of me. You will notice that the “middle aged white males” are only conspicuous here in their absence.
Granted, there was a certain contingent of Suits at YKos, the sort of Matt Bai crowd. They mostly seemed to keep off to themselves, though, doing their White Men in Suits thing, buzzing around the candidates and their coteries like bottle-flies, trying to climb up the arseholes of other White Men in Suits, as is their wont.
The real convention looked more like this, and these are the kinds of scenes that people like Fox News and the DLC really don’t want you to see. They’re making every effort to portray the Netroots community as a bunch privileged, segregated, ideological whackos, when in fact the absolute opposite is true. At YearlyKos, I watched a polyethnic, gender-diverse, smart, talented bunch of young Americans work, drink, laugh, and hope together.
This is the real face of the New Democratic Party.
More than half of Americans between 17 and 29 years old — 54 percent — say they intend to vote for a Democrat for president in 2008. They share with the public at large a negative view of President Bush, who has a 28 percent approval rating with this group, and of the Republican Party. They hold a markedly more positive view of Democrats than they do of Republicans.
There’s a new Democratic Majority coming. Young men and women from all different races and backgrounds, all different orientations and outlooks, all different religions and belief systems. And this time, they’re all traveling together.
This is the last thing the Loyal Order of DC Fossils wants to see cresting the horizon because they know, when all the “minorities” band together, we’re the majority, and to them that’s a deeply dangerous cultural awareness. And it’s that very knowledge that the roly-poly little Caligulas of the Beltway élite have been fighting tooth and nail since the dawn of the rich, white Reagan 80’s.
It is in their best interests to try and turn us on each other and drive us apart. Bear that in mind when you read every word of Netroots coverage in the mainstream media. They don’t entirely know what we’re doing yet, but what they do know is that they desperately, desperately want us to stop.