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Kos Thinks I’m A Liberal Weenie

Below are two paragraphs from Daily Kos written by Kos himself. They are from a post discussing potential Democratic wins on Election Day that would be highly injurious to Republicans. The post makes the obvious assertion, one all Democrats would agree with, that it would be best if Republicans were to lose in as many places as possible on November 4.  

Who on our side of the aisle could disagree?

Then, somewhat out of context at that point in the post, Kos says the following—-

“I realize there are people uncomfortable with aggressive language and action. That’s the difference between liberal weenies and movement progressives. Liberal weenies sit around thinking that “the truth” is enough for victory, and that if we simply explain to voters why Democrats are better, why, we can’t possibly lose any elections! That’s the crowd that wants to keep the “high ground” and doesn’t want to go down in the gutters and fight the GOP where they live, lest we get a little muddied ourselves.

Movement progressives realize that we must do everything necessary allowable under the law to win because elections have consequences. This isn’t about who is most pure, but about taking the fight to the enemy and aggressively embracing progressivism, offering clear contrasts between us and them, and fighting fire with fire. There’s no ambiguity about where I belong.”

Kos says if you do not feel we should do all allowed by law to win elections, that you are a ‘liberal weenie.” We should conduct ourselves as if we were Republicans.

Gay bashing? Suggesting a candidate has fathered an illegitimate black child as the George W. Bush campaign said about John McCain in 2000? A Willie Horton type campaign? Voter suppression within the bounds of the law?  

We’ve seen in the primaries and in the general election campaign that plenty of Democrats might well respond favorably to such strategies.

I do not think it would be best to proceed in these ways. 

Here is a post where Kos takes on the McCain campaign for being the most negative of the two major campaigns. Is Mr. Obama a weenie? This post was written the same day of the post I quote above.

Written by Kos just 40 minutes before what I excerpt up top here, is a post praising Senator Obama for going after Fox News. The contention , correct in my view, is that Fox News makes a point to exacerbate cultural differences as part of a larger political strategy.

So what does Kos do the very afternoon he rightly takes after Fox News? He looks to promote an internal culture war. Effete liberals are “weenies.”  

Advocating for one of the two mainstream parties, appearing on Meet The Press, writing for Newsweek and being part of the 24/7 campaign industry all make Kos an embodiment of “mainstream.”

Think about it. What is more mainstream than being a partisan of one of the two broad based political parties in a nation of 300 million people? What media outlet or consumer product would not kill for the market share of the political world held by the Democratic and Republican parties?

I think Kos is for most part helpful to Democrats and liberals. If he can make a buck off of all this stuff then more power to him. 

Kos is very good at marketing his brand. You can bet he’ll do “everything allowable under the law” to make sure his market share does not slip.

( Below–A weenie that a liberal or any other person could have for lunch.)

October 17, 2008 - Posted by | Blogging, Campaign 2008, Politics | , , , , , , ,


  1. I don’t know if you’re so far from Kos on this, Neil. I remember that I was disappointed when Obama turned down public financing and you said it was smart not to when we had a chance to win. And I think Obama’s done an excellent job of fighting back against smears without dishonoring himself. I was reading some chatter on Kos about Joe the Plumber that seemed slanderous, and I definitely think we can’t stoop to baseless accusations, but I was pleased to see a lot of people calling the slanderers out and saying we have to be better than that.

    Comment by Julie | October 18, 2008

  2. Thanks for the comment.

    Yes but—I would not insult you and assume my way was the only way to proceed even though we diasgree on the public financing. More than any specific,it’s a tone and a culture I find myself at odds with.

    There are many folks who comment on Kos–most of them—who are great.

    It is true that one wrestles with one’s nature all the time with this stuff. I do feel that the modern Republican party is evil. The question for me is what I’ll allow those folks to do to the person I am.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | October 18, 2008

  3. i think most of the modern republicans want a normal safe place to live like most democrats. i think the spinners are the ones who are evil and pit each party against each other as they steal the confused angry voter blind. most people i think are decent they just cant admit its ok to like each other. black white latin gay christian muslim etc.. we are all the same for the most part.

    Comment by bill brady | October 18, 2008

  4. Maybe if Obama wins and people see that the world does not end some views on race will soften.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | October 20, 2008

  5. Markos would seem to want confrontation Texas syle : almost Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
    He’s right about one thing though. There is a danger in assuming truth and accurate portrayal of the facts are enough. You have to understand how one’s stance can be perverted and weakened to uselessness by what appear to be minor concessions.
    I’ve more notes on the Links page under Overton Window – including a Kos article!

    Comment by opit | October 20, 2008

  6. Yes–But I just don’t think at this point that many people really think that the truth alone is enough.

    Thank you very much for your recent comments here and the links at your fine blog.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | October 21, 2008

  7. If there’s a bigger effete weenie liberal than that mealy mouthed Kos, it’s tough to say. Another former Republican advocating scorched earth tactics — why? Because Kos thinks politics is one big fantasy football game and a little petulant wimp like Kos fancies himself tough. He’s a phony and like Huffington, only interested in discord.

    Comment by christian | September 6, 2010

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