Hello From YearlyKos!


I’m at the YearlyKos convention in Chicago, a literal wonderland for political junkies of the left-leaning, internet-savvy type. The next three days will be packed with seminars called things like, “Outfoxing Fox,” “Mock Iowa Caucus,” “Creating a Culture of Grassroots Giving,” “The Art of the Killer Campaign Ad,” and on and on. Liberal bloggers and internet gurus (and those seeking to court both groups) will be all over the McCormick Center on the shores of Lake Michigan.

I’ll have all the facts and all the color. According to a convention organizer, the convention is “sold out” at 1,500 attendees, with 250 credential press members from 200 outlets. But only one, I can assure you, forgot his pen on the first morning — that’s the kind of quality work you can expect here on MoJoBlog.

We’re off to slow start, though. The first event I’m attending, “Holding Congress Accountable for a Progressive Agenda,” is in a massive room with over 300 seats. Just under 50 people are here. But such luminaries as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Howard Dean, and Nancy Pelosi are scheduled to make appearances later, so things should pick up. The weather is here, wish you were beautiful!

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