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Chuck Schumer has not been getting very good publicity around here, and I know Chuck loves good publicity.  Over at Dkos, Chuck has gotten around to saying thank you to the grassroots.  Good for him.  He also says: 

Our efforts over the past two years have proven there is a new dynamic for recruiting candidates and winning elections in our party. And that the best way for Democrats to win, and to pursue the values we hold dear, is for all of us to work together. The power and vibrancy of the netroots is as exciting and effective as it is new. And I admit that in the past, there has not been enough of a real dialogue between the netroots community and our campaign leadership, including me. But please know that today marks a personal, earnest effort to converse, engage, and listen that will continue over the next two years and into the future.

I look forward to learning what the DSCC has in mind to ensure popular grassroots candidates are supported, not squelched, and not required to follow the dictates of DC imposed campaign strategies, messaging and consultants.  What will be the structures, safeguards and metrics to ensure joint success?  How open and collaborative will the process of candidate selection actually be?

I look forward to seeing results.  If Chuck wants to earn grassroots trust, he can have his chance, but it will be all about actions and words, not just words alone.

I expect we have not heard the last of the inside dope from the Lamont campaign, but in the meantime, let's all have a cookie. 

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