Ellen Goodman laments that white men were the majority attending the Kos Convention, and wonders why so few women are among the main political bloggers.

An intrepid graduate student created a spreadsheet of the top 90 political blogs. A full 42 percent were edited and written by men only, while 7 percent were by women only. Another 45 percent were edited or authored by both men and women, though the “coed” mix was overwhelmingly male. And, not surprisingly, most male bloggers linked to male bloggers.

Yes, this is the kettle of the MSM — mainstream media — calling the pot of the netroots male. In fairness, half of all 96 million blogs are written by women. But in the smaller political sphere, what is touted as a fresh force for change looks an awful lot like a new boy network.

Well, yes. But maybe the reason is that we women have a life.
I myself would have loved to have the time and money to attend the Kos convention (or better yet, the DefCon convention). But I have a husband in frail health, and I don’t have a lot of money (or time) to attend such things.

Yes, I do write about politics, but I have a lot of other interests in life, so my “blog” is only ten percent politics, and often I take different sides of the same issue on different days. So I doubt I’d be welcome at a convention whose focus is quite narrow and limited to a very left wing agenda.

And it sounds like I am not alone:

Technorati counts more than 11,000 “mommy blogs.” There are “women’s issues” blogs like the funny and bracing Feministing.

Ah, Goodman found the problem, but doesn’t “see” what she found. Goodman, like others deeply involved in politics on the far left or far right tend to see everything through the eyes of politics.

But the rest of us are a bit less passionate about spending all our time promting utopian causes. We just want to make a living, take care of the kids, and keep the kitchen clean enough that the cockroaches  don’t take over.

And the important thing about the “mommy blogs” is that it shows women’s issues are not the same as  the issues espoused by the childless feminist leaders who always get quoted  in the MSM.
And that, my friends, is the problem with Kos: As a recent book points out, the millionaires and progressives are again trying to take over the Democratic party.

Yet Democrats took over the congress in the last election not because of the Kos kids but because they ran “Blue Dog” Democrats like Webb and Casey. And although the Kos kids might hold the spotlight, to win elections one woudl do better to listen to moderates who belong to the Democratic Leadership conference who hold the key to the election.
That is why it is troubling that the Democratic candidates for president attended the Kos convention and not the meeting of the Democratic Leadership Council .Again, Goodman “sees” but doesn’t recognize the irony of what she is reporting:

But this is not just about counting, not just about diversity-by-the-numbers. It’s about the political dialogue — who gets heard and who sets the agenda. Cooper asks herself: “Are we going to do the same thing we’ve done all along, but with computers? Or will we create a new institution that allows for marginalized voices?”

Well, maybe Ms. Goodman should start reading the mommy blogs and notice that  the “marginalized” voices in the Democratic party are the mommies: the normal people who work for a living and play by the rules.

And Hillary Clinton would do better in listening to her populist husband (and the Democratic Leadership Conference) than in kowtowing to the rabid left who will vote for her no matter what.


Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket. 

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