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Late Nite FDL: Lou Reed on Net Neutrality

A month ago the telcos were poised to strike a death blow to net neutrality.  Thanks to the fine leadership of Matt Stoller and the efforts of many bloggers, there has been an incredible turnaround and unless some of the Democrats start to wobble things look good.  It will come up again next session and we may have to fight this all again, but in the short term it has been quite a victory.

But Matt had a lot of unexpected help, it should be noted.  I’d also like to thank teleco lobbyist Mike McCurry, whose arrogance over at HuffPo energized the entire blogosphere.  And then there’s the other teleco lobbyist, Steve Elmendorf, he of the famous quote:

"The bloggers and online donors represent an important resource for the party, but they are not representative of the majority you need to win elections,” said Steve Elmendorf, a Democratic lobbyist who advised Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. “The trick will be to harness their energy and their money without looking like you are a captive of the activist left."

I’d personally like to extend my sincere apreciation to these guys who don’t seem to have quite mastered that "trick" yet.  Their killer online strategy was to patronize everyone, spread a passel of telecom money around to bloggers who need it by plastering a bunch of ineffectual ads all over our sites and then planting the flag of abject failure in the middle of a battle they were already winning.

Thanks, guys.  I certainly hope you achieve your dreams and replace all the Republicans on K Street when they’re carted off to jail.  Though unlike the Democratic Party, these clients probably aren’t interested in paying you for repeatedly failing.  So if you’d like a letter of recommendation to present to the oil companies, maybe big pharma or the defense contractors, let me know.  I’ll be right there for you. 

Oh and per Howie Klein, Lou Reed has come out in favor of net neutrality. Feel free to watch the above video of the Velvet Underground doing Sunday Morning (from The Velvet Underground & Nico) while licking your wounds.  A little present from me to you for a job well done.

You may have the cash boys but you’ll never, ever be cool. 

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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