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Late Night: The Confluence

con·flu·ence (knflns)n.

1.

a. A flowing together of two or more streams.
b. The point of juncture of such streams.
c. The combined stream formed by this juncture.

2. A gathering, flowing, or meeting together at one juncture or point

ThesaurusLegend: Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Noun 1. confluenceconfluence – a place where things merge or flow together (especially rivers); “Pittsburgh is located at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers”

geographic point, geographical point – a point on the surface of the Earth
river – a large natural stream of water (larger than a creek); “the river was navigable for 50 miles”
2. confluence – a flowing together

blending, blend – the act of blending components together thoroughly
3. confluence – a coming together of people

merging, coming together, meeting – the act of joining together as one; “the merging of the two groups occurred quickly”; “there was no meeting of minds”

You are not alone.

Celebrating Goldberry — Our Riverdaughter (an Open Thread)

We’ve been whispering about it for hours — but here’s the Story of Confluence:

The Campaign Toll:
When Democrats Go Post-al
By James Wolcott (Vanity Fair, June 2008)

. . . .

At Daily Kos, Clinton’s supporters felt not only outnumbered but patronized as objects of sexist condescension, pummeled like tackling dummies. One regular diarist, who went by the handle of Goldberry, exited the Daily Kos and set up her own blog, the Confluence, rolling out a welcome mat for fellow “Kossacks in Exile.” Toward Markos himself, she bore no ill will: “I totally respect Markos. He’s created a beautiful thing.” But the beautiful thing he created has been overrun by ruffians, leaving refugees like herself to hole up in the hills “until the ravagers run out of fuel to burn.” In an open letter to the liberal blogosphere, a fed-up Daily Kos regular named Alegre urged a writers’ strike . . . (Here’s the whole story)

RD here: Ok, I’m going to get a gigantic ego, except some of Wolcott’s piece was scathing so I think we are “on notice” (better get one of those big boards to keep track). I appreciate that Wolcott gave us a mention but this site wouldn’t be possible without all the other people who blog here like Katiebird, ronkseattle, bostonboomer, and our latest addition , garyinchapelhill. And there are all the commenters like shainzona, litigatormom (anyday now), MABlue, ghost2, DCDemocrat, tucsonlynn and many, many more. BUT *we* couldn’t do it without:

TaylorMarsh, Jeralyn Merritt and Big Tent Democrat at Talkleft, Lambert, Vastleft, Sarah, myiq2xu at Corrente, Sugar at Sugar ‘n Spice, Anglachel and Tom Watson, eriposte and turkana at TheLeftCoaster and the whole rest of the growing Progressive Blogosphere 2.0 that sprouted up like mushrooms in the wilderness outside the palisade of the Great Orange Satan. Let’s raise a glass to each other.

Cogitations

This stuff blew into my head today:

  • Paul Krugman’s column praises Edwards as a man of ideas. He’s absolutely right. Edwards stuck to core Democratic principles even while he delivered some angry populist speeches. But Krugman also continues his skepticism regarding Obama. I think he’s getting at something that goes deeper than policy. Obama is reaching out to libertarians, moderate Republicans and Independents in a year when he really doesn’t have to.  Most voters are fed up with Movement Conservatism and know when they’ve been had.  Plus, the media isn’t going to care how much bridge building he did during primary season. He’s going to get flayed anyway. RonK wrote a great post on Obama’s political philosophy yesterday with The Audiology of Hope: Dogwistling Economics. The change that Americans are so eager to embrace is away from free market/personal responibility/punitive harshness and towards strong social safety net/shared risk/optimism. It’s the policies that can deliver that change, not the other way around. Hillary has them; Obama don’t.
  • I’m still taking suggestions for a new name. I like The Confluence because it suggests flowing together, meeting at a common point, convergence. It is exactly the opposite of Republicanism and Movement Conservatism, which focussed on individualism and division and everyone for himself. And when people are divided, they are weak, which is just the way the rulers like it. With Confluence, you get contributions to the whole and we go forward together strengthened. “There is power in a union.” But I’m open to more ideas. Eventually, I’ll make it permanent and spring for the domain name.
  • Speaking of bridges and confluence, take my advice, Democratic nominee. There is no better place to kick off the fall campaign than Pittsburgh. It is rich with Democratic symbolism. There is the flowing together of the two rivers to make the Ohio, the many bridges joining diverse neighborhoods, it is still paved with the Belgian brick laid during the Depression by FDR’s WPA and it is evolving from an industrial union town to a high tech hub. What better place to kick off the general than at The Point with the 150 ft fountain at your back, looking forward and bringing everyone together behind you?
    Think about it.