Well, I'm not sure if I'd quite call it a full-scale invasion, but my friends over at the Mass Roots project have collected their energy to effect electoral change in Connecticut. Kudos to them! I wish I could be there. It's great to see a progressive movement swell up all over the country. Liberal states as well as "red states" are joining in the fun. That's because it's not about liberal or conservative, it's about how we run government.
In Massachusetts, Deval Patrick thinks there's a better way. He's run a campaign from the ground up. It's all about grassroots and volunteering, about going town to town when no one believed he could win and maybe 5% of Massachusetts had even heard of him. Now, he's in good shape to win the whole thing, though the race is very close.
But this is happening all over the country. Kansas, where the modern day social conservative movement grew, is having a Democratic resurgence at the state level. Prominent state Republicans, sick of politics as usual, are abandoning the Republican Party and rebuilding the once-thought dead Kansas State Democratic Party. Montana's Jon Tester, a full-time farmer and part-time politician, is looking very strong against his Republican opponent. Tester doesn't share all of Patrick's political views, but he has this in common with Patrick: no one thought he'd have a chance at winning his Democratic Primary, never mind the entire election. But that didn't stop Tester from running a people-powered movement that defeated Conventional Wisdom from the ground up.
As Stephen Colbert would say, Big Money and Politics as Usual are "on notice." People are so excited about this change in Massachusetts that they're willing to go to Connecticut to help our neighbors. There's only one common denominator in this movement and, despite what pundits say, it's not merely the war in Iraq. It's about how we elect our leaders and run government. Massachusetts residents are so devoted to a more honest kind of politics that they've gone to Connecticut to canvas for Ned Lamont - I'm proud to know them.