Kos and Russert Put Their Best Spin on 2008 Democratic Polls & Bush's Approval Ratings
Markos "Kos" Moulitsas, desperately trying to paint his Daily Kos readers and the respondents to his poll as a pragmatic, wide cross-section of Democratic voters to a national audience on Meet the Press, disingenuously suggested that moderate former Virginia Governor Mark Warner is well-received by the liberal blog as demonstrated by the fact that he finished amongst the top three in their nationwide poll. (Ralph Nader finished in the top three in the 2004 election.)
What Kos doesn't divulge and NBC deliberately doesn't share with their viewers, in fear of confirming the conventional wisdom that the visitors to Kos' site are notoriously rabid, left wing anti-war liberals of the Michael Moore/moveon.org variety, are the Daily Kos' poll results.
If Daily Kos readers have their way, Russ Feingold will lose in McGovern-like fashion to any candidate the GOP wants as president.
Immediately after discussing Kos' poll, Russert puts up on the screen, for all to see, not a national poll to serve as means of contrast, but the results of a recent Iowa poll which shows media darlings John Edwards and Hillary Clinton at the top.
I'm going to call Harry Reid for ringside seats to what will be a thoroughly enjoyable no-holds-barred battle royale that is certain to be waged 18 months from now within the Democratic family.
Here is the relevant excerpt from today's Meet the Press:
MR. RUSSERT: Markos Moulitsas, it’s also interesting that some of your fellow Democrats have made comments. The Iowa governor, Tom Vilsack, said that Democrats shouldn’t be banging each other around. Let me—Marshall Wittmann of the Democratic Leadership Council said this, and I’ll read it for you and our viewers. “[Left-wing bloggers] are an echo chamber that speaks to a hyper-partisan, very liberal slice of even the Democratic Party. As of yet, they have not produced any political results. Their most celebrated activity was the Dean (2004 presidential) campaign. The last time I checked, there was not a President Dean.” How do you respond to that?
MR. MOULITSAS: You know, Byron York talks about there being a kind of a populist clash, and, you know, it’s true in a lot of ways. You have people in D.C. that have these nice, cozy little realms of power, and they don’t want to give them up. They don’t want to realize that there’s a lot of energy and intelligence and passion outside of Washington, D.C. D.C. is a bubble. These people have lost touch with real America. They think they know better than anybody else, while we’re saying, “Look. The real action, the real excitement in the Democratic Party is happening in the states.”
And this isn’t a leftist movement. The first person to agree to speak at this conference was the House—the Senate Minority leader Harry Reid, who’s an anti-abortion, moderate-to-conservative Democrat. The second person, Governor Mark Warner of Virginia, who’s a moderate centrist governor of a red state. So these people aren’t coming here because they’re speaking to the far left of the Democratic Party, they’re coming here because they realize that the blogosphere actually is the big tent of the Democratic Party. We have people on the left, the center, the right and everything in between and up and down the party spectrum. This is what we are. We are a cross section of the Democratic Party.
MR. RUSSERT: Has Mark Warner, the governor—the former governor of Virginia, emerged as a popular figure amongst liberal bloggers?
MR. MOULITSAS: He is one of the top three choices in all the early straw polling that we’ve done ourselves for the 2008 nomination. And given that—the fact that he is, you know, perceived as a moderate to centrist Democrat, I think that speaks a lot to how pragmatic we are as a movement. A lot of people like Russ Feingold, a lot of people love Wes Clark and a lot of people like Governor Mark Warner because we are in a lot of ways looking for results. And whether he’s centrist or left—or rightist or whatever he might be—Governor Mark Warner in Virginia has delivered.