It appears Daily Kos proprietor Markos Moulitsas is drinking the same Kool-Aid as NPR's Juan Williams.
During the opening address of his third annual YearlyKos convention, Moulitsas actually said (please get fluids out of your mouth and away from your computer):
There is no Jesse Jackson wing of the Democratic party anymore. We are the center.
How'd you like to ask him for directions?
Fortunately, as reported by Rick Moran at Pajamas Media Friday, this wasn't the most ridiculous statement coming out of Markos' mouth last night. Not even close (emphasis added throughout, h/t Glenn Reynolds):
Kos also scoffed at the online efforts of conservatives to get organized. He noted that the major differences between blogs of the right and blogs of the left is that the left builds communities of like minded activists on their sites, encouraging argument and debate, while most of the top conservative sites believe themselves to be "pundits" who want nothing more than to be accepted by the mainstream media.
Excuse me? Most of the rightwing blogs - including this one - go out of their way to discredit the mainstream media. Why should we want to be accepted by that which we despise?
He pointed out that, on the left, it was a question of fighting the insiders in media and politics from a position outside the beltway.
Really? Is that why ALL of the Democrat presidential candidates were invited to this convention? Is that how one fights political insiders - by asking them to speak at your events?
Fascinating delusion, wouldn't you agree?
While on the subject of presidential candidates, there appears to be a bit of a kerfuffle brewing with Hillary's attendance as reported by the Nation (emphasis added):
In an announcement Thursday night, organizers of the YearlyKos netroots convention said Hillary Clinton would appear with other presidential candidates at the convention's leadership forum, but would be the only candidate to skip meetings with activists afterward, instead sending Ann Lewis to speak with attendees on her behalf.
Drat. That was the only reason I was going to attend. Guess I'll take in a Cubs game instead.
It seems I wasn't the only person despondent over the news. A Kossack named el ganador posted the following last evening (vulgarity alert, emphasis added):
YK '07: Effing Hillary Jilts Kossacks!
by el ganador
Thu Aug 02, 2007 at 07:16:00 PM PDT
OK - I'm pissed here and I probably should listen to my mother, who is right here attending YKC 07 with me, and not blog in the heat of the moment.
But I'm furious.
I bought my MOM a YK registration so she could meet candidates, and you just HURT MY MOTHER'S FEELINGS, Senator Clinton.
Inquiring minds with a great sense of humor should continue into the comments section of this post. However, please do so without any fluids near your computer or in your mouth.
Finally, it appears the Clinton campaign acquiesced to the pressure, as her Internet Director informed cheering throngs that Hillary will indeed attend the breakout session.
Phew...that's a relief.