WASHINGTON (CNN) - Liberal bloggers were the cyber cheerleaders for Barack Obama in the 2008 race for the White House. But now that he has won, these "netroots" activists face a major challenge: criticizing the new president and his administration.
It is an interesting dilemma for liberal bloggers who pride themselves on being independent, especially as it relates to the Democratic Party and its leaders.
Former President Bush served as the glue for the often divided liberal blogging community, whether it was their opposition to the Iraq war and domestic spying or frustration about Bush's approach to education and health care.
Liberal bloggers spoke early and often about holding the Bush administration accountable, but will they do the same to the Obama White House?
"I think our challenge is that line from destructive criticism to constructive criticism, because there is going to be criticism," Markos Moulitsas, founder of DailyKos.com, said in a recent interview. "The issue is how we manage that and it's a fine line and it's very tough sometimes."
Moulitsas and Jane Hamsher, founder of firedoglake.com, stopped by to talk about liberal blogging in the Obama era as well as their new political venture to help fund primary opponents against Democrats who they believe are not representing their constituents' views.
"We want to be responsive to people, to what constituents want," Hamsher said. "Not what the corporations want."