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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stupiddy
stupiddy

Markos Moulitsas is connected to the CIA having trained with them during the time he was writing his blog. This is factual information found on the internet and there is a recording of Moulitsas talking about his involvement with the CIA.

He is NOT a "progressive".

Jeffrey Kline
Jeffrey Kline

Those of us who do not believe in liberal socialism are watching this carefully because some of the followers have been known to be rather radical. One of the beauties of a truly free society is the ability to express one's mind and thoughts. Even if they are contrary politically to the standard norm. There always is the rule of thought that if you do not like this way of life, and would rather live under a socialist, Marxist, communist or totalitarian government system, you are free to move elsewhere. We in America plan on keeping things as they are despite the wishes of a few strange liberals and the Islamic fundamentalists who want to bring Sharia law here.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Please please don't be shy Jeffrey. You cite the absolute 100% seriousness of the danger of Sharia law but you don't cite any examples. Please give one example of Sharia law and how it has affected you. I know in Minnesota Gov. Pawlenty passed several Sharia laws but I can't think of one. Can you please for the love of God just cite one that has passed in the past 10 years? I'm sure it will be easy since its such a clear and present danger to the United States. Please just one example to prove the clear thinking of Tea Party people.

Guy
Guy

So...let me see if I have this right.

We are free to have and express whatever political opinions we want. And if our political opinions are contrary to (what you consider) the norm, we should leave.

A well-functioning political system should invite thoughts and opinions from across the spectrum--liberal socialist to right-wing conservative and everywhere in between. How can you call yourself an American and not see this fundamental backbone of our political landscape? When you start excluding people based on what you deem "radical," where do you stop drawing the line?

 
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