I picked up the news from Blogometer, which I subscribe to via Bloglines. On this past Wednesday, NY’s senior Senator, Chuck Schumer, and mastermind of the DSCC’s success with getting a Dem. majority (including a role with Paul Hackett getting out and Sherrod Brown getting into the race against former Ohio GOP Senator, Mike DeWine), posted an entry on DailyKos. He wrote, in pertinent part, the following:
Netroots support is a key metric the DSCC uses to determine the viability of any given candidate. And the importance of netroots support is often larger in the early stages of an election cycle. Now is the time when the netroots can help find candidates and build the energy they’ll need to win.
That’s where you come in. I’d like to begin the discussion on who you think would make a good Democratic candidate for Senate in 2008. This will be the first of many discussions throughout the cycle. We need quality candidates in 21 states – from Oklahoma to Oregon, from Kentucky to New Hampshire – we’re looking for Democrats that can win in 2008.
So please make your suggestions and recommendations in the comments below [in the Kos post]. I’ve also asked my staff to create a section on our Web site that you can use to recommend Democratic candidates after today. Let’s harness the power of the netroots to find the candidates that we need to expand our majority.
Think you have what it takes to be a U.S. Senator? Or know someone who might? Then go here and enter the info. The Kos post has over 700 comments. Not sure how many are suggestions – I haven’t looked. But we’re still 20 months away from November ’08. Who is looking at the names, making a list, checking backgrounds, emailing the netroots, googling for more, making the decisions? I don’t know, but someone does. There’s always someone who knows.
If I didn’t have that darn bar mitzvah…