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The netroots agenda: War? What war?
Washington Examiner

It’s not getting much attention, but the Netroots Nation conference (formerly known as YearlyKos, a spinoff from the left-wing website DailyKos) is going on in Pittsburgh this weekend.

I attended the first YearlyKos convention, in 2006, and have kept up with later ones, and it’s safe to say that while people who attended those gatherings couldn’t stand George W. Bush in general, their feelings were particularly intense when it came to opposing the war in Iraq. It animated their activism; they hated the war, and they hated Bush for starting it. They weren’t that fond of the fighting in Afghanistan, either.

Now, with Obama in the White House, all that has changed. Just one percent of Netroots Nations attendees listed « working to end our military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan » as their most important personal priority. Not too long ago, with a different president in the White House, the left was obsessed with America’s wars. Now, they’re not even watching.