In what is being viewed as a major change in the existing social scenario in Chile, one of Latin America’s most conservative nations, appointed its first ever woman president. In this remarkably progressive step, socialist, Michelle Bachelet, who was in political exile and an ex-prisoner of the military dictatorship, was sworn in Saturday as Chile’s first female president on Saturday in the country’s coastal city of Valparaiso which is home to the congress. The ceremony was attended by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice along with other luminaries from as many as 120 different countries. - [24X7Updates]
Adam Cohen has an idea for netroots insiders. [NY Times]
The Democratic establishment could not hold the netroots back even if it wanted to. Their ability to raise money, recruit volunteers and shape the debate will make them indispensable. What "Crashing the Gates" is short on is policy: ideas for providing health care, improving education, and all the other things that make it important which party wins. As the gates swing open, that should be the next item on the agenda.
I couldn't help but wonder, as I read Mr. Cohen's article, what Jerome Armstrong - who is founder of myDD.com and an adviser to the political action committee for Mark Warner - must be thinking about Molly Ivins' trashing of former Virginia governor's candidacy. [All on the same day that Warner is showcased as an "anti-Hillary" in the NY Times' magazine].