Politics New Blog on the Liberal Block
posted by July 9 at 9:51 AMon
Two giants of the liberal blogosphere joined forces today with a longtime Washington consultant to launch a new website, OpenLeft, designed as a hub for dialogue between progressive outsiders and Washington insiders.
Former Clinton White House official Mike Lux is leading the effort with Matt Stoller and Chris Bowers of MyDD, the influential blog that forced tight-fisted Democrats to donate more than $2 million to candidates last year, helped stymie Fox’s Democratic presidential debate, and launched one of the first “grassroots polls” in the history of American politics.
“OpenLeft is not just about tools and tactics. We have a different set of ideas about how our culture and country should work,” says Stoller, a 29-year-old Harvard graduate who has repeatedly rocked the Democratic establishment with searing blog attacks and aggressive grassroots campaigns. “We believe that power and wealth should be distributed more equally than they are now,” he explains. So the site aims to empower netroots activists, challenge and criticize institutional players—and somehow build progressive coalitions along the way.