Let me note, by the way, that I've never actually been to Right Online - nothing against it; I just haven't been able to justify that and the RS Gathering and CPAC (and the GOP convention next year) - and so I have no idea how downright awful it was for Netroots Nation folks to be faced with real, live conservatives who are Oh my god there's one RIGHT THERE and I called him a nasty name last week and my nametag says who I am and everything and he's going to know me and I can't get to the elevator in time and thank god he didn't make eye contact and that's good because I would have laid into him and Oh my god there's one RIGHT THERE...
Anyway, I suspect that there's some mental trauma going on, there. Which is their privilege, of course: far be it from me to criticize somebody else's neuroses, if only because my own are quite stellar, really. But still, I have to say that this:
...in an effort to prevent similar blogger battles next year when Netroots heads to Providence, R.I., next June, event organizers are trying to ban other gatherings from using the city’s convention center and two of its hotels during Netroots weekend. It is insisting on a noncompete clause in every contract at the Rhode Island Convention Center as well as the Westin Providence and Providence Biltmore hotels, Raven Brooks, Netroots executive director, told Washington Wire. A convention center official said he was not immediately aware of the arrangement.
...is not exactly pushing back against the stereotype that the Left's bloggers are a bunch of whiny, perpetually put-upon grievance artists who can't take a fraction of what they routinely try to give out on their opponents. I mean, seriously? What's next, hiding in a white room and screaming LALALA to keep the conservative shoggoths at bay*?
And they wonder why their own side's politicians don't take them seriously.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
*What? It's Providence! You cannot expect me to write about Providence, RI, and not reference HP Lovecraft somehow.