"Like a rotten mackerel in the moonlight, he shines and stinks"
Barack Obama persuaded progressive activists to change their minds not because those activists are sheeple or because activist organization leaders operate in "veal pens," but rather because Obama developed new messaging that was more convincing than the likes used by myself, or BTD, or anyone else on the left who was making contrary arguments. He just beat those old arguments, plain and simple, and the progressive Internet space changed.
That sounds like pure crap, to me. But what would I know? I'm a racist!
Chris, can we talk? Can we get real, at last, at long last?
Obama beat those new "progressives" with money, plain and simple. That, and access. That's why the "progressive" Internet space changed.
NOTE What can you do with a guy who's working on his personal branding because his life's ambition is to become Ezra Klein's personal assistant?
UPDATE I suppose oozing faux sincerity is preferable to outright triumphalism. So there's that.