Netroots and Endorsements

This issue was getting discussed in comments over here the other day, and now Chris Bowers has an insightful post on the changeover from the 2003-04 primary season when activist bloggers were all endorsing candidates and the 2007-08 season where neutrality rules the day.

I would add, though, that the issue differentiation between Howard Dean on the one hand, and Lieberman/Kerry/Edwards/Gephardt on the other over Iraq was an unusual situation that has no real parallel in the current primary. The candidates are all presenting themselves as wanting to end the war in Iraq and achieve universal health insurance and curb global warming, and essentially arguing over who is best-equipped to instantiate a fundamentally common vision for the country.