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Monday, June 12, 2006

Kos The King Maker?

Pat over at Brainster's Blog got me thinking this evening as I was reading his article "Will Success Spoil Daily Kos".

Kosite's just celebrated their first YearlyKos convention in Las Vegas, and have been annointed the king makers of the Democratic Party, by themselves and much of the MSM.

The coverage got me thinking, what's going to happen to Kos and the Kosites when they decide to make the wrong king (again). I mean, they are already 0-20 or 2-18 depending on who's count you use in deciding how well they are doing.

The truth is Kos is now "big time" as far as the media goes, but I think they are going to learn a hard lesson about being big time, and blogging sometime over the next few months. That lesson is what you blog about is open for everyone, not just your friends.

The vitrol of the Kos site has been well documented in the conservative, and even moderate left blogosphere as one of the problems of the far left.

So what happens when a Joe Lieberman, or other moderate decides that they'll use Kos AGAINST their opponent, instead of seeking favor with the 'netroots'? Anyone who thinks some of the Clintonistas at the DLC hasn't thought of this already is foolish.

When some far left candidate, who's fawning at the attention given by King Kos gets a little too over the top suddenly the commercials will start appearing show what his supporters are saying. And while it might appeal to that 20% of voters who call themselves hard core liberals, the one's you need to win over won't be as fond of what they see.

Then will come November, when the RNC will in all likelihood unleash a torrent of attack ads on candidates, or even the democratic party itself, showing the true colors of the king maker. Again, a sure way of turning off all but the hardest core liberal voters.

Howard Dean already proved this true in 2004, with "The Scream", when no matter how they spun it his netroot supporters couldn't rescue him from himself. Now the question is will they be able to rescue their candidates from the netroots themselves?

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Blogger shoprat said...

The problem is that the far left honestly believes that they are the majority and if a true leftist ran for office, the huge chunk of the population who never votes (because in this fantasy land they are all liberals who have no one worth voting for) would rise up and vote. This is also the beliefs of magazines such as The Nation and Mother Jones

9:12 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Fantasyland is an interesting place to live, and I do think you are right, many of the leftists do live there.

9:34 PM  
Blogger TC said...

You're spot-on about what anyone facing a Kossack-approved candidate can do to obliterate their opponents: just show the public how loony the nutroots are, by using their own words as proof.

Lieberman is the perfect example of how insane their "movement" would look to the average voter. For most Americans, I'd imagine the vilification they've aimed at him would be considered repugnant, because to any normal person Joe Lieberman comes off as a decent guy who had done nothing to deserve such treatment, whether you agree with his positions or not. But the Kossacks treat him like he's the AntiChrist.

Now that they've "arrived," all the crap they've been spewing here in the blogosphere is gonna be big-time campaign fodder for anyone facing one of Kos's Annointed Ones.

6:25 AM  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Rush brought up some really good points. First of all Kos isn't really that BIG compared to so many other media outlets. Secondly Harry Reid doesn't even probably read the Daily Kos and is probably unaware that they bash the dems all the time for not being far enough to the left.

2:11 PM  
Blogger Manifest Dignity said...

If you're interested in the goings-on at YearlyKos Link TV has been posting video clips here: http://www.linktv.org/yearlykos/

Longer segments with better video controls are posted here: http://www.fora.tv/

7:49 PM  
Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

We always win when the leftists show their true colors.

Dear KOS,
Please do get your message out!
I'll even help you!!!

9:57 AM  

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