And all without having to wear a quirky hat.

Despite the fact that I was wearing several pieces of flair declaring "NO BIG MEDIA" yesterday, Karen Brooks, journalist for the Dallas Morning News, made the mistake of asking me what I thought the difference between Netroots Nation and the dueling conservative "Defending the American Dream" summit was.

Perhaps the best people to describe the different worlds going on in Austin this week were the conferencegoers.

"The people here have brains," said Netroots-goer Rachel Farris, an Austin blogger aptly named "Mean Rachel."

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In other news, Nancy Pelosi and super-secret suprise guest Al Gore showed up this morning.

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