Pushback

I returned from a pleasant trip to Disney World (for school purposes! promise!) to the pleasant discovery that Matt Zeitlin is, as usual, moving on up in the liberal new media elite. He’s the youngest contributor at Campus Progress’ new blog, Pushback, along with fourteen other contributors both familiar (Jamie Henn, Kay Steiger) and new but intriguing (Emily Rutherford, Kwame Boadi). So far, it’s excellent (with the possible exception of this post), with a wonky flavor beyond that of even the Wonk Room. Check it out.
Pushback dovetails nicely with the fact that I read The Argument by Matt Bai this week, a book that’s simultaneously massively entertaining, extremely frustrating and much more right than I want it to be or than many liberal blog types believe that it is. I’ll have much more to say about it later, but suffice it to say that every group given any large degree of scrutiny (the Democracy Alliance, MoveOn, the Kos/Armstrong netroots) doesn’t come off particularly well – with the exception of John Podesta and the Center for American Progress. While a lot of the folks in the book – particularly Rob Stein of the Democracy Alliance but also Markos, Jerome, and the MoveOn guys – talk about emulating right-wing messaging and think-tank institutions, John Podesta actually has, creating a very well-respected think tank and online publishing network in less than five years. It’s incredibly impressive, really, and Pushback’s only the most recent instantiation of this remarkable growth.

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