Markos Moulitsas, a liberal blogger and founder of the Daily Kos Web site, said he had decided to cut back on the amount of money he would contribute to the Obama campaign because of the FISA reversal.
Bolding definitely mine. He “decided to cut back?” Is that what he did? No, that isn’t even remotely accurate about what he did. Back to the original it:
I was going to max out to him today, given I haven’t given Obama a dime yet (focusing on congressional candidates). But I changed my mind. He wants to send the message that he doesn’t need us, all the power to him. Message received. I’ll spend that $2,300 somewhere else.
And now I’m really steamed. If you’re paying attention, the most important part of this is that Markos has not yet given one thin dime to the Obama campaign. That’s right, while Kos was pushing the money angle of the so-called Crashing the Gate crowd, he wasn’t giving up any himself. While financially strapped kossacks were busy eating Ramen noodle and contributing funds from their student loans, Kos was kicked back in his house, reaping the benefits of all of this sacrificing without even the respect for that sacrifice that would compel him to put his fucking money where his mouth is.
And I don’t buy for a second that he was focusing on Congressional Democrats. You do realize that in addition to the Daily Kos Empire (complete with associated merchandise), he also still receives royalties from his book sales and also writes a paid column for Newsweek? He sure as hell ain’t living off Ramen, and I’m sure he hasn’t missed a student loan payment in a while, if he hasn’t paid them off already. Just check out how much money he makes on ads alone at dKos. It’s farking ridiculous. He could have definitely afforded to max out to Obama long ago, and still have had plenty left over to give to Congressional Dems. And I don’t buy the argument that he was trying to preserve his “impartial” reputation, seeing as he declared his support for Obama in February in a post so laced with vitriol for McAuliffe it would have burned had his acidic spittle actually landed on you.
But that’s not even the most ridiculous aspect of it. It has been obvious for days that Obama’s FISA debacle was an act of political theater, the only question that remained was who the audience was. I originally thought it was for the benefit of the mislabeled “center,” and it may be, but I think Markos effectively tips his hand with this little display of liberalism. While I, and many other bloggers, thought the FISA flip was perhaps a show of how Obama isn’t beholden to the DFH crowd (now that he’s exploited them for the primary), I am now wondering if it isn’t a staged show to allow the Netroots left to reclaim its bona fides in light of their reckless behavior during the primary season and since June 3rd.
You watch. That article in the NYT isn’t there for nothing. You watch for Obama to flip flop again, suddenly reclaiming his title of Progressive leader while doing something that ordinary Americans, many of them not progressive in the least, are in favor of. The show is for the so-called center and the base. Very clever. And your puppet blogger at dKos is all part of the show. I hope young kossacks don’t get indigestion after they finish the ramen noodles they were forced to buy when they bought Kos’ rhetoric instead of sustenance.
Yes, Kos is duping you, he’s share-cropping your meager funds, filling your head with bad strategy and now we all have to pay off rich and powerful fuckers who pursue personal gain in the halls of Congress and in the corridors of Washington, not to mention in State Houses and Governor’s mansions across the land. We had it down to a $3 donation on your tax form, for the record. But goodbye to all of that. And you can thank Kos for it.
H/T to my partner in crime, my husband Jake, for the title.