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On Thursday, Kagro X posted here about the swearing-in of the new Congress.  As he made clear then, he was far from the only blogger who attended some part of the day's events.  I thought it would be nice to take a look around at some other blogger reporting on the day - because I want to draw out the feeling of celebration, because I want to celebrate the local bloggers who covered individual races, because this is one where on-the-scene reports from bloggers can give us something we don't remotely get from traditional media sources.

Connecticut bloggers had a strong showing.  CT Blue is most focused on Joe Courtney, but has pictures from a few events.  Connecticut Local Politics has a run-down of the whole day, focusing of course on the Connecticut delegation, and a hilarious post on the Lieberman party.

Finally, we had to go in search of the Senator. We found him, surrounded by well wishers and waited our turn to say hi. While we were waiting, we witnessed the following exchange:

Town DTC Chair: Hi Senator, I'm Town DTC Chair from Town and -

Joe Lieberman: [sour look] We got killed in Town. All is forgiven.

DTC: [semi-sarcastically] I forgive you too, Senator.

The sight of Senator Lieberman forgiving a town chair for working to elect the Democratic nominee (you know, doing his job) warmed my heart, so I was glad to see the town chair give it back to him a little and "forgive" him for running as a petitioning candidate.

He diaried it at Daily Kos, too, but PsiFighter37 wrote about (and has pictures of) Patrick Murphy's event at Progressive Wave's PA-08.  

But when Patrick came back, there was a wild amount of cheering for him. He quickly thanked all of us for showing up, and he choked up a little from the sheer emotion of the moment. We had all worked as a team to get him to Congress, he said, and he planned on continuing to work with us as a team now that he was here. Slowly but surely, he began making his way through the crush of people who had been waiting to greet him and get their picture taken with him. There were so many people that the crowd had spilled over to the front of the office of Patrick's neighbor, Rep. John Larson (D CT-01).

MyDD has some video of Murphy, and of Howard Dean.

MyDD also covered the netroots party, which was the only event I was able to make it to.  It was crazy of me to go to Washington just for one party, but it was worth it to get to experience even a tiny corner of a day like that.  Friday before I left I stopped by Paul Hodes' office, to soak it in a little - PsiFighter and CT Blue posted pictures of the nameplates by the doors of Patrick Murphy and Joe Courtney's offices, and I too had that moment of just stopping and looking at that sign and grinning, because we did it, and now our long-shot candidates have their names outside offices in Cannon and Longworth; Paul Hodes and his staff have windows with a view of the Capitol dome.  This is a thing to be celebrated not just on that one day, even as we turn our attention forward to the hard work of translating electoral victory into good policy.

Are there other on-the-scene reports we should read?

Update: In comments, Kagro X points to a number of other good reports.  His comment here links like 15 different Politics TV interview clips.  And Taylor Marsh has coverage here, here, and here (though some pictures she has captions for have evaporated I guess).  And great coverage from 2 Political Junkies, a Pittsburgh blogger I'd never heard of and am glad to have gotten the chance to read - there was running commentary through the day but here are the permalinks to a few of the posts: an interview with Jason Altmire,  observations on photo ops and on Keith Ellison, and some concluding thoughts.  But reading his whole day of coverage is nice if you don't mind the scrolling.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Jan 06, 2007 at 12:20 PM PST.

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  •  Ugh, Joe Loserman. (8+ / 0-)

    When will he get an f'in clue? I strongly hope that Town DTC chair writes this up in the local paper. Hell, send it to the Courant.

    Frankly, I want the Joe-voters in CT to squirm for the next 6 years.

  •  lieberman (6+ / 0-)

    Is anyone holding him accountable or asking him about his campaign pronouncements that he wants to bring our troops home, and now he's for a surge?

    C-Span has played Lieberman and McCain non-stop and I forced myself to listen until becoming ill.

    •  Umm, that'd be a strong negatory Olinda! (3+ / 0-)
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      Is anyone holding him accountable or asking him about his campaign pronouncements that he wants to bring our troops home, and now he's for a surge?

      And don't hold your breath waiting for either the national or CT MSM to bring up that particlur nugget of inconvenient truth!

      •  Not really true (1+ / 0-)
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        Timothy J

        The (Manchester, CT) Journal Inquirer - the best newspaper in the state for political coverage, imo - had a great editorial this morning, blasting Holy Joe for his disingenuousness, vis:

        Lieberman cinched the election by declaring in the last days of his campaign that he wanted the war brought to an end soon. The inference drawn by many voters was that, if re-elected, Lieberman would assist the search for a prompt way out.

        Safely back in office for six years, Lieberman finally has answered the troop level question. In an essay about Iraq that was published the other day by the Washington Post, the senator wrote: "In nearly four years of war, there have never been sufficient troops to accomplish our mission." So Lieberman now supports a bigger war, a troop "surge" that "should be militarily meaningful in size, with a clearly defined mission."

        And of course, neither Joe nor anyone else is willing to clearly define the mission.


        by JohnMac on Sat Jan 06, 2007 at 05:24:54 PM PST

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        •  You are right JohnMac - I had forgotten about the (0+ / 0-)

          Journal Inq - that is a very good political paper, no doubt.  I was thinking more about the Courant and fawning TV coverage of Joementum - enough to make one vomit at times.  

          But you're right about the MJI - glad someone is calling HJ on his bullshit, pretending to be against the Iraq war during the campaign and now calling for a 'surge' - what a total assclown, glad the MJI isn't letting him get away with it!

    •  I had to laugh the (4+ / 0-)
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      OLinda, aitchdee, Timothy J, gchaucer2

      other day when on the Situation Room Mitch McConnel claimed there were Democrats on board with surgism "Joe Lieberman for example" Even cub couldn't let that go--even before I finished choking on my beer he corrected him on Leasterman's status " He's an Independant"
      ( um, maybe because he supports chimpy?). That of course was met with some sort of mumble and change of subject.

      it tastes like burning...

      by eastvan on Sat Jan 06, 2007 at 12:46:45 PM PST

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  •  Great line in CLP - and I've said it before (4+ / 0-)
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    Nightprowlkitty, CGG, kath25, gchaucer2

    about Dan Gerstein

    who proved that he can be a very nice guy when no one is paying him not to be

    Dan was actually a very good dude in high school - just shows what working for Joe Lieberman can do to a person!

  •  Red Eye (3+ / 0-)
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    Elise, Nightprowlkitty, TomP

    Those pictures at MyDD seem to prove that Democrats are eyes all around.  ;-)

    Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler - Proverbs 17:7

    by Barbara Morrill on Sat Jan 06, 2007 at 12:32:42 PM PST

  •  The Lieberman report was priceless (10+ / 0-)

    Same old Joe. I wonder how anyone can take him seriously anymore...but I think we know the answer.

    No one does. Even though we didn't win the CT-Sen race, Ned Lamont's contribution of pushing Lieberman towards irrelevancy - and energizing the CT grassroots scene - is immeasurable. We owe a great amount of gratitude to him.

    Progressive Wave
    "Inconvenient truths do not go away just because they are not seen." -Al Gore

    by PsiFighter37 on Sat Jan 06, 2007 at 12:33:59 PM PST

  •  no pictures, but two relevant diaries (2+ / 0-)
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    Nightprowlkitty, Timothy J

    on Jan 4 itself, I wrote this diary

    and then shortly after midnight I wrote a diary about the netroots party here

    Nice to finally meet you

    Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

    by teacherken on Sat Jan 06, 2007 at 12:35:21 PM PST

    •  Was the netroots party at a bar? (0+ / 0-)

      It seemed like they were carding people as they were coming in (at least from some of the pictures)...means I couldn't have gotten in anyways. :/

      Progressive Wave
      "Inconvenient truths do not go away just because they are not seen." -Al Gore

      by PsiFighter37 on Sat Jan 06, 2007 at 12:36:47 PM PST

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      •  upstairs in a private room (0+ / 0-)

        it was the 3rd floor of a bar/club  near Dupont Circle.  I was told owner is a MoveOn member.  When I got there early, the main part was having an open bar party for 15/per, from 5-9 pm.

        It got pretty crowded up there.  A good mix of local blog types, some local grassroots types, some national blogger types (some of whom are local) including several current and former FPers here, Simon Rosenberg of NDN, and of course our winning (Brad Miller, Tim Walz, and Pat Murphy) and losing (Donna Edwards, Eric Massa) Netroots favorites.  A fun time.  Really wish you could have arranged for an overnight train instead of your 7 PM ride.  Of course, you'd probably already bought your ticket by the time this got set up.

        Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

        by teacherken on Sat Jan 06, 2007 at 12:52:57 PM PST

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    •  oop bad link for January 4th diary (0+ / 0-)

      try this instead  link to the correct diary

      Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

      by teacherken on Sat Jan 06, 2007 at 12:37:31 PM PST

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    •  apparently (3+ / 0-)
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      I barely missed you at the Murphy event.  I had a good time on Thursday -- I'm still amazed by how security-free the Hill and offices are (no IDs, just metal detector?), and I give a lot of credit to Speaker Pelosi for giving the bloggers such nice digs in the Capitol.

      •  And they barely look in bags. (0+ / 0-)

        I mean, when I went into Cannon I ran my bag through the x-ray belt, but they didn't exactly look too closely as it went through.

        So, yeah, I was pretty shocked too.

      •  I'm sorry I missed you too (0+ / 0-)

        as I was jumping from place to place, like many people.

        Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

        by teacherken on Sat Jan 06, 2007 at 12:53:38 PM PST

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      •  I loved the openess of the office buildings (0+ / 0-)

        we visited a number of offices while we were there - really saw some interesting aspects of life on "The Hill".  The packs of staffers (or wannabe staffers) prowling the halls and lining up to leave their cards at the new Representatives' offices was truly amazing.  We saw them everywhere.

        I was up at the Capitol late in the afternoon, when the Representatives were returning from their parties to vote, in a large pack they came flooding up the hill to the Capitol, and I saw many faces that were familiar - but the one I could actually name immediately was Wexler - ("I like to use cocaine because it's a fun thing to do.")

        Gosh, that was a wonderful, wonderful day.

    •  TK ... (3+ / 0-)
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      ... just read the diary on the netroots party ... remeinded me of Liza Doolittle in My Fair Lady ... "I could have dawnced ... .all night ..."  hee

      Thanks for letting us know what it was like.  And I find very exciting the thought that you may have some impact on educational policy ... what's happening now in our schools is heartbreaking.  The fact that you have the ear of some folks on the Hill gives cause for hope.

      •  it is a start but no guarantee (1+ / 0-)
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        I am also going to try to make contact with a few other people who sit on relevant committees on education as well.  In one case, it is a senator who chairs another committee whose committee staff director is the father of one of my students, and the dad has come to talk to my classes. In another case, there is an indirect connection.

        We do what we can.  Blogging is one way to influence policy, but sitting down with people if they will listen is always another.  Although, to some degree it is my visibility as a blogger that has given me entry - I first communicated with Brad Miller when I had posted a comment on one of his diaries, and on the next he asked if I would look at it before he posted it.  That started our relationship.  He's a good guy.

        Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

        by teacherken on Sat Jan 06, 2007 at 12:58:46 PM PST

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    •  Ah, I missed those. (2+ / 0-)
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      I didn't bring a computer with me.  Thanks for the links.

      We actually met briefly at YK last summer, I believe...

      •  ah but last summer you were not FPer (0+ / 0-)

        and I met so many people.  IF we met, I apologize for confusing you with your predecessor when you came in to the event.  My bad.  I knew I recognized you, and given who you were with I figured you as an FPer ...

        at least at next yearlykos I will not make that mistake.

        Glad to see this story.  And no big deal -  my diaries did get some play when they were posted, and I have put up some links in open threads, so if people were interested they had plenty of chance to read.

        Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

        by teacherken on Sat Jan 06, 2007 at 12:55:52 PM PST

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      •  sorry, I did not mean to capitalize IF (0+ / 0-)

        I am not implying that we didn't.  I just don't remember, that's all I meant.  Rereading it, it looks like I am being rude, and I didn't need to.

        STILL NEED SLEEP - but after spending the night and morning at a board retreat for a non-profit, I have now have to get dressed civilly to run out for dinner with some relatives of my wife.  Tonight I will collapse.

        Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

        by teacherken on Sat Jan 06, 2007 at 01:00:59 PM PST

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  •  Who is the bats*** crazy Dem elected (3+ / 0-)
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    from Kansas with a D besides her name, but her heart in rethug country, Nancy Boyda?
    I have read two blogs about her this week and how she plans to enable dumya to do whatever he wants about Iraq "because he is the commander-in-chief".  Does she not know he is only CiC of the Armed Forces?
    What is wrong with Kansas, anyway?  Why do all the nutjobs comes from Kansas, Dems or rethugs?

    The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all - JFK- 5/18/63-Vanderbilt Univ.

    by oibme on Sat Jan 06, 2007 at 12:37:13 PM PST

  •  Entrapments of power (0+ / 0-)

    It was crazy of me to go to Washington just for one party, but it was worth it to get to experience even a tiny corner of a day like that.

    Watch out!  That's what they all say but the bright lights and proximity to power makes all Beltway insiders blind to the truth and greedy for the money.


    I never craved a toaster or a color TV

    by Paper Cup on Sat Jan 06, 2007 at 12:51:09 PM PST

  •  I do not forgive Lieberman (nt) (2+ / 0-)
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    xerico, gchaucer2

    I'm kind of stalling for time here...They told me what to say. George W Bush, 03-21-2006 10:00 EST Press Conference

    by Tamifah on Sat Jan 06, 2007 at 12:57:42 PM PST

  •  Joe Lieberman and the Dem. Party in Ct. (1+ / 0-)
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    I think Joe made his choice and so did Connecticut Democrats.  We don't want him on the Dem. ticket in Connecticut ever again.  I hope he doesn't think he can jump back and forth at will, and I loved Murphy's statement that we have one Independent from Connecticut.  Joe's not a Democrat.  That's final.  

  •  Pelosi's party Wednesday night (2+ / 0-)
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    teacherken, greenchiledem

    Was in this diary the other day:

  •  Ned Lamont's contributions. (1+ / 0-)
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    I thank him for his courage in helping legitimize criticism of the war.  We have to remember that he was taking on a huge and just about impossible task and he almost got there.  Lieberman got elected by Republicans and only about a 30% Democratic vote.  He also got slightly less than 50% of the total vote.  He's not as popular in Connecticut as he thinks he is, and he was posing as a three-way candidate who was a Democrat, a Republican, and an Independent all at the same time.

  •  Strange, this is... (0+ / 0-)

    MissLaura links a diary that includes the outing of a kossack - an outing that she recommended herself.

    How very nice.

    "I'm not an actor, but I play one on TV."

    by zeitshabba on Sat Jan 06, 2007 at 02:33:00 PM PST

    •  I linked a front-page post from this site, (0+ / 0-)

      which was unfortunately hijacked by inaccurate claims of outing.  If you want to discuss such issues, Big Tent Democrat had a diary last night on the subject which would be the non-hijacky place to discuss what exactly constitutes outing.

      •  Thanks for the reply. (0+ / 0-)

        Thankfully my megaphone isn't as big as yours.
        My point has been made.

        "I'm not an actor, but I play one on TV."

        by zeitshabba on Sat Jan 06, 2007 at 03:13:20 PM PST

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      •  Wow. (0+ / 0-)

        Umm... wow.  From this subthread, and then my own curiosity, I saw that humongously long thread hijack (when I had first read it, most of that stuff wasn't there), and I just now realized who Big Tent Democrat is.

        I'm shocked.  I had absolutely no idea.  I didn't even put the pieces together when I read his diary yesterday.  But I am glad he's posting again.

        Me, I'm still anonymous.  But yeah, I've probably written enough over the years that someone who had a lot of time on their hands could eventually piece together who I am.

        OK, now I'm starting to get a little worried about my identity getting revealed.

        •  Ha! (1+ / 0-)
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          I love watching people figure out about BTD.  It's hilarious.

          Anyway, don't worry too much about your identity.  If anyone ever outs you here, let us know as it's grounds for immediate banning to reveal things you yourself haven't revealed here.  And in any case it's unlikely anyone will ever take the time to put it together who you are if you've exercised reasonable caution and given that you're not as visible as an Armando type.

          •  Hopefully. (0+ / 0-)

            I remember you and I had those back-to-back diaries on good ol' Andy Jones and his attempt to harass professors at UCLA by paying students to record their lectures for signs of "liberal bias".

            Specifically, him I'm worried about.  Not online, but in real life.  He tried to have students file false assault reports that they were beaten by a liberal after expressing their conservative beliefs, just to make trouble.  This guy's been fired by U.S. News, David Horowitz, and a used-car dealership.

            Sure, he'd probably slink away in an actual court battle, but not before it would cost me a pretty penny and perhaps jeopardize my studies.  That I can't afford.

  •  Sheldon Whitehouse (0+ / 0-)

    had some supporters in DC to watch his swearing-in.  RI blogger and sometime state senate candidate Eileen Spillane has the story.

  •  More coverage from a local Pittsburgh blogger: (2+ / 0-)
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    cookiebear, aitchdee

    A number of running commentary entries to be found at 2 political junkies.

    Nice guy. Sat across the table from me at the event. And I was next to Taylor Marsh, who also provided excellent coverage.

    I was there for the donuts.

    •  Thanks - updated the post. (1+ / 0-)
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      And I really appreciate the 2 Political Junkies link - I'd never heard of that blog but the coverage from thursday at least is really funny and observant.

      •  Everyone should check it out. (2+ / 0-)
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        He was a really nice guy. And I felt like a total jackass, because they gave us these little table-topper signs with our blog names on them, and because we sat across the table from one another, people kept coming by and asking if he was from Daily Kos. That required him, several times, to say, "No, that'd be him. I'm just a local blogger from Pittsburgh."

        So that'll make you feel like a bit of a heel.

        I kept trying to point out that it's the local blogs that are the key to things like... well, the reason we were there in the first place. But I don't know how that looked or sounded from the other side of the table.

        We had a good time, though.

        •  That was me! (2+ / 0-)
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          Kagro X, MissLaura

          No reason for you to feel like a heel, it was kinda funny - having folks falling over themselves to meet me, a blogger at the "dailykos" table.  It was nice company to be in.

          Honestly, it was an honor to be in the room with the rest of you guys.  A real honor.

          Thanks for the kind words, Kagro X.  And thanks for the mention.  We here at 2PJ really appreciate it.

  •  Sherrod Brown events (1+ / 0-)
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    and pics at my blog.

    by Village Green on Sat Jan 06, 2007 at 05:00:19 PM PST

  •  Another first hand diary ..... (1+ / 0-)
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    .... by Congressman Jerry McNerney's brother

    Congratulations Congressman Jerry McNerney

    by RainyDay on Sat Jan 06, 2007 at 05:22:58 PM PST

  •  Thank you! (1+ / 0-)
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    Thank you to all of you for the nice things you had to say about my post.

    And thanks to MissLaura for putting it on the front page at DK.

    It is much appreciated that Connecticut is still in the national eye.  In case anyone is interested, here is a link to a blog post containing an interview I had on Hartford radio about the Lieberman party and the trip to Washington.

    Thanks again,


    In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. ---George Orwell -6.63; -6.51

    by TheKickingDonkey on Sat Jan 06, 2007 at 07:04:34 PM PST

  •   Thursday Night ... (0+ / 0-)

    The DCCC had a big party Thursday night with Nancy Pelosi and much of her family.  Alexandra (Nancy's youngest daughter, and mother of her six week old grand child) spoke about the trials and tribulations of having a very ambitious mother.

    The had some entertainment by:

    Tony Bennett
    James Taylor
    Carole King
    Wyclef Jean

    and the Speaker's new "House Band" which sounded kind of like the Grateful Dead, consisting of:
    Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir, Bruce Hornsby, Warren Haynes, and Mike Gordon.

    Nancy mentioned that she is the only person she knows to have gone to a Dead conert with her grandchildren.

  •  Sorry to be stupid, but what's the big deal on (0+ / 0-)

    Murphy? He's not a Senator, so he's not the one who sent Little Ricky packing...

  •  I'm no blogger, but I spent the day Protesting (0+ / 0-)

    on the lawn just norht of the Capitol, with World Can't Wait.

    "De-escalate, investigate, troops hme now".

    End the war - impeach Bush.

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