Daily Kos: Markos Moulitsas's website changed politics

Netroots Nation comes to Minneapolis

In January, the 22-year congressional veteran announced he would not seek reelection. Moulitsas is all too happy to accept responsibility.

"I was really kind of sad about it because I was ready to finish the deal," Moulitsas gloats. "Reading the speech and seeing some of the coverage of it—that was not a retirement speech. That was actually a concession speech."

After the wrenching backward step of the 2010 Tea Party victories, Moulitsas predicts that 2012 will be a banner year for liberals. Not only does the election happen to fall on Daily Kos's 10th anniversary, but with Tea Partiers and conservatives going after Medicare and organized labor, a formidable netroots backlash has already begun brewing. Much of the networking and strategizing will happen in the coming days at this year's conference, now called Netroots Nation, in Minneapolis.

Markos Moulitsas, founder of Dailykos.com
courtesy of Kos Media
Markos Moulitsas, founder of Dailykos.com
Howard Dean was the darling of Daily Kos before his ill-advised scream
AP Photo/Paul Sancya
Howard Dean was the darling of Daily Kos before his ill-advised scream

As for Daily Kos itself, Moulitsas is fixing up the offices, moving in furniture, and painting the walls orange. Soon he'll have a new tech team and a war room in which to meet with allies. In March, he poached alternative cartoonist Tom Tomorrow from Salon, and has the This Modern World artist building a new comic section on Daily Kos. The operation, with a growing staff of 15, is starting to sound suspiciously like a real newsroom.

Today Moulitsas concedes that the movement doesn't have the same frenzied sense of newness that was so evident in the casino in 2006. But that was inevitable with success.

"My line used to be, 'We're on the right side of the American public opinion on every single issue except gay marriage,' and even that's no longer true: The latest Gallup poll shows that a majority of Americans support gay marriage," Moulitsas says. "We need to push those advantages, and that's what we're going to be looking for: Democrats who are unapologetic progressives, who aren't afraid of what Bill O'Reilly's going to say." 

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