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June 20, 2013 6:02 PM Revival Meeting

By Ed Kilgore

I just attended the Georgia Caucus at Netroots Nation, and it made me feel especially old, because I can remember a time when Republicans in that state were facing a lot of the same structural problems that progressives are experiencing today.

I left the session (after meeting viral video maestro James Carter IV) feeling better, though. These folks have pretty much drunk the dregs from the bottom of the glass, politically speaking, and are ready for something new—from Democratic candidates and from themselves. They understand the opportunities being created for them by GOP misgovernment and right-wing extremism, and the know there’s a demographic wind behind their backs as well. So I suspect next time Georgia progressive activists gather, that feeling of attending the very first revival meeting will have passed.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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