From Mike Taylor
If you recently tuned in to watch Tim Russert's Sunday morning show, "Meet the Press" you might have listened to a round table of commentators discussing the future of the Democratic Party and the importance of left-leaning internet web sites such as Dailykos.com
Markos Moulitsas, the founder of that blogosphere site was on the Sunday panel along with Byron York, a columnist for National Review On Line. The discussion among the group ranged from Hillary Clinton's standing with dailykos contributors, the influence of bloggers on the political landscape and where the Democrat party is headed.
One of the more widely reported "facts" about dailykos.com
is that it gets half a million hits a day. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn't. But it does get a lot of attention as the propelling force behind candidates such as Howard Dean and Ned Lamont. (Lamont is the virulently anti-Bush primary challenger to Sen. Joe Lieberman here in CT.) The dailykos.com
web site hosts a "convention", of sorts, each year they call "Yearlykos.com
Byron York filed a "foreign correspondent"-like report about the Yearlykos.com
convention in Las Vegas. (A written report is here: http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=MGM4NmIyMjA4NDA1OTBlN2QxMjQ0OWIzNThiNTQzOTY
=) On Russert's show, York was his usual self: calm, attentive to the dialogue with a facile delivery of fact-filled reportage. Moulitsas was almost equally as calm, albeit a little preachy.
Here's what Moulitsas had to say on his web site about Byron York after their appearance together:
"Poor Byron York. He sure sounds like he didn't have fun in Vegas
. Of course, Byron is just another chickenshit who didn't serve his nation in uniform. Perhaps it's because they would've cut his hair off in basic training, and like Samson, it would've destroyed his "evil liberal slaying" superpowers."
Some of you may remember that Islamic terrorists murdered some American contractors in Fallujah in April, 2004. The terrorists strung up the dead bodies on a bridge and several local sympathizers were videotaped "celebrating" around the bridge. Here's what Markos Moulitsas had to say about those fellow Americans:
"That said, I feel nothing over the death of mercenaries (sp). They aren't in Iraq because of orders, or because they are there trying to help the people make Iraq a better place. They are there to wage war for profit. Screw them."http://www.dailykos.com/comments/2004/4/1/144156/3224#16
I find that one of the more telling statistics about Markos Moulitsas and his website is their record in backing candidates.
First off, they backed Howard Dean in the early primaries in 2004. We all know what happened there. Yeeeee-aggggh!
The conventional wisdom has been that Howard Dean was selected as Democrat Party Chairman because Dean has a special sense of how the internet can be used to raise money for party candidates. So I guess dailykos.com
can claim to have influenced the selection of the worst party chairman in recent memory. So, they've got that victory under their belt.
In other 2004 races, dailykos.com-backed candidates were a combined 0 for 12.
Man, that's power! Bob Shrum-like power! (Bob Shrum is 0 for 7 in managing Democrat Presidential campaigns.)
Moulitsas appears in Ned Lamont's commercial: http://nedlamont.com/blog/168/on-the-air
. Am I the only one who thinks this commercial is more about Moulitsas and less about Lamont? Somewhere on the net you can find a parody of this commercial with the "Mentos Fresh and Full of Life!" music... which seems to fit this commercial better than what was actually scripted.
My opinion, this commercial was a bone thrown to the dogs of dailykos.com
. Moulitsas was getting his ego stroked by Democrat big wigs in hopes that he would keep his dogs on a leash.
"Listen Markos, we in the Democrat party believe in you! We believe in your cause! We love dailykos.com
! I mean, we absolutely love how you're sticking it to the man! Bush sucks. We want to feature you in races because you have big, swinging pair and you deserve the right to influence elections. C'mon, waddya say? Want to be featured in a commercial? You pick the candidate, we trust your political instincts, baby!"
I think that the Democrat big wigs have wasted their money. Moulitsas is convinced that he is a king maker... despite his abysmal record. Because Moulitsas has the same politics as the main stream media, he'll continue to be praised as a king maker.
Some people think that Markos Moulitsas is the future of the Democrat party... if he is, the political atmosphere will be much darker before it gets lighter.http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/6/12/161614/281