Chris Bowers points out the major victories that netroots candidates won, often in races that the national party would have written off. Many people wrote of the blogosphere as a political force when the Dean for President campaign collapsed. But we didn’t just pack it in, we built a strong infrastructure for winning national campaigns in edgy districts.
A lot of credit for that has to go to Chairman Dean as well. Despite dire warnings, Dean has not led the party into dire ideological warfare. He ran strong candidates in record numbers of races, and won in races that people would have written of otherwise.