We’ve all heard about the alleged “enthusiasm gap” that’s supposed to presage doom for Democrats this November, but you wouldn’t know it from the crowds here at Netroots Nation.
Conference organizers tell me that over 2100 attendees have registered for this year’s event, compared to about 1800 last year. (Perhaps that helps explain the collapse of the convention center’s WiFi network?) Only the 2007 event was bigger, when about 3000 bloggers and activists descended on Chicago for the featured faceoff between the Democratic presidential primary candidates.
And yet the oh-so-enthusiastic teabaggers had to cancel their Tea Party Nation convention, which was to have been held here in Las Vegas last week, due to lack of interest. (They claimed the heat scared away attendees; I guess us lefties must be a heartier lot.)
I mean honestly… if 2000 teabaggers had gathered here last week with their conspiracy theories and poorly spelled signs, that’s a story that would have led the network news. But a similar number of liberals? Crickets. Because, I guess, it just doesn’t fit into the standard narrative. Or something.