On Friday, it got to be too much for Alegre, a diarist on the flagship liberal blog DailyKos, who frequently writes in support of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
â€œIâ€™ve put up with the abuse and anger because Iâ€™ve always believed in what our online community has tried to accomplish in this world,â€ Alegre wrote Friday evening. â€œNo more.â€
Objecting to the tone of attacks against Mrs. Clinton and her supporters on the blog, the diarist called for a â€œwriters strike.â€
â€œThis is a strike – a walkout over unfair writing conditions at DailyKos. It does not mean that if conditions get better I wonâ€™t â€˜workâ€™â€™ at DailyKos again,â€ Alegre wrote, promising to come back only â€œif we ever get to the point where weâ€™re engaging each other in discussion rather than facing off in shouting matches.â€
Could this signal a potential split in the Dem party? After all, Daily Kos is the bellwether for where the Left Roots are headed, and that could be in two different directions.
Joe Gandelman gets tapped for a comment…
Joe Gandelman at The Moderate Voice blog writes: â€œWhere progressive and moderate bloggers and commenters used to get worked up arguing about George Bush, there now a real angry, scolding tone in many comments left by Clinton and Obama supporters.â€
He continues: â€œIn short, the strike/boycott is a symptom â€” and with so many months to go until the Democratic convention, the prognosis for true Democratic Party unity going into the election seems â€˜questionable.â€™â€
Well put Joe. I guess we’ll see if the Dems implode because of too much intra-party sniping. My gut tells me it’s a distinct possibility.