Thursday, June 20, 2013
Merkley's theme was that reforming the filibuster is only one of the changes needed to restore the people's control of their government, and allow it to serve the people's needs. Another major change is to overturn by Constitutional amendment the Citizens United decision allowing unlimited amounts of secret money to influence our elections.
Anyway, I was concerned that this being an off year, and with all the disgruntlement at phony White House scandals, there might be more than the usual negativity at Netroots this year. That hasn't proven to be the case, except maybe for one jerk picketing the exhibition hall with a ridiculous sign equating Obama with Cheney. In general, the attitude here more seems to be taking the president for granted, and looking beyond his lame duck term. The focus is on moving forward with the progressive agenda: health care, education, gay rights, improving the environment and the economy, etc. But the president did pop in for a visit by video, and was given a fairly enthusiastic round of applause.