Infiltrating Yearly Kos: Tinfoil hats spotted

posted at 4:42 pm on June 10, 2006 by Allahpundit

Welcome to Hot Air.

Howard Dean, Mark Warner, and a sneak peek at our foreign policy circa 2009: the mole returns, with photos.


Dean’s speech

Howard wants a minimum wage, and a (snicker) balanced budget…

There are a lot of people floating the minimum-wage balloon with this crowd. I can see why. If they call for an increase in the minimum wage and don’t get it, the Republicans look like poor-hating plutocrats. But if the minimum wage goes up, it’ll drive employers to hire more illegal labor. And the Democrats would just hate that.

In response to a Diebold/election fraud question, he thinks that paper ballots are the only legitimate form of voting anymore. “We’ll restore reliable voting as they did in Mexico, in the villages.” What? Do the Democrats aspire to use Mexico as a model for reform?

I’ll make you a deal, Howard. You let us check photo ID’s on everybody votes, and we’ll let you have your paper ballots.


I came out of Howard Dean’s speech and … well … wow:


It’s a contest; the best-made tinfoil hat gets its owner’s picture on the web. No really. Someone thought this was a good idea for them to do. Someone probably named Karl Rove.

After that I went to a presentation by Berkeley Linguist George Lakoff, whose talk was the only one so far that got anywhere close to addressing the underlying ideas of progressivism and political philosophy. (When it’s all about taking power from the Democratic establishment, too much philosophy just muddles things.) It was also the closest I’ve come yet to standing up and shouting “You’re an idiot and this whole thing is a stupid onanistic farce!!!” and just mooning the assembled conclave of eager citizens. I’ll try and dissect it at greater length tonight. Or, hey, it’ll just depress me. I may take in the Wonkette Revue instead. I can see the sign from my window:


I’m sitting in a foreign policy panel now and it is gripping. We are at war and there is one sparsely attended panel on foreign policy in the whole conference. I can just imagine the planning that went into this: “Let’s see, we have two journalists from publications never read by people who don’t drive a Toyota Prius; we have a former DIA guy who quit in disgust and obscurity over the Iraq War; we’re doing great, but we need someone to really anchor this panel down. We have some great new voices on there, but we need a big name with a lot of foreign-policy savvy… By Jove, I’ve got it!”


Arianna Huffington.

I can’t wait to see who they get for the National Security panel. Carrot Top is in town this weekend…

Oh, wait. There is no National Security panel.


Mark Warner woos Kosistan

Last night was very informative because I realized I had misunderstood the whole fundamental economic basis of this shindig. See, there are various liberal political candidates circulating around here, shaking hands, etc.—for example, a kamikaze candidate who wants to challenge Dennis Hastert. I had assumed these people were out here because they had been invited, or had some special ideological affinity that earned them a spot.

Not necessarily. Some of them have already earned an endorsement, I think. (Ned Lamont didn’t make it out to Vegas.) Some of them sponsored this convention—in other words, they gave the Kos organizations money to be here and have access to this crowd and get them to start some buzz. But others like [Wes] Clark and [Mark] Warner—they have not yet been vetted, but instead they came a-courtin’. (As for the Warner event, they were careful to say when I registered that it was a Warner event, not a Yearly Kos event.) This event is a bizarre mating ritual, in which candidates display their progressive plumage and strut around, trying to attract the head Kos Kids into a smoke-filled room, where the moonbats then give the candidate their “endorsement”.

A forced analogy? Consider Kos’s speech introducing Warner last night in the observation deck of the Stratosphere, which the Warner PAC had rented out. After pointing out that Warner is running for President “but he just can’t say it yet”, Kos stated that “we’ll evaluate candidates over the next year or so and watch very carefully. But I’ve got to say, this is a heck of a first date!”

It was, indeed, a pretty sumptuous date, especially for the Party of the Common Man. The Warner people really wanted to impress the Kos crowd. Among the swanky trappings they had a martini bar which featured the “Kosmopolitan,” the blue “Bloggertini” and an abomination called a “Kostini” made of Beefeater’s Gin, Triple Sec, and olive juice, which I felt I probably ought to try.

I wish I could say that the Kostini tasted “weak and watery” or “fruity” or “bitter and astringent” or maybe “like appeasement, madness and futility”. Candor compels me to admit it just tasted like salt brine with a faint hint of gin. I poured it out and walked around, watching the schmoozing, then I went up a level to the outside observation deck.

I walked past a couple who had been introduced at a panel I attended yesterday and I noticed he had his arm around her. Awww, moonbat wuv. I walked past to gape at the terrifying rides at the very top of the Stratosphere, rides which dangled you over the side of the building at 900 feet above the Strip. It’s a wonder after all the free liquor and sushi and cheese and coconut shrimp and the fudge-fountain dessert bar that people weren’t violently ill. I watched the ride for a while, hoping some hapless liberal would disgorge a brilliant metaphor for Democratic politics all over Las Vegas, but no such luck.

As I came back in, I noticed the couple was even closer together, and that her hand was resting right at the top of his rump. No word on how Governor Warner was getting along with Kos.


Earlier today: Infiltrating Yearly Kos: “Heh, indeed” edition

Thursday/Friday: Infiltrating Yearly Kos: The taunting of Byron York; Infiltrating Yearly Kos: Now with photos!; Infiltrating Yearly Kos: “No, no, no, don’t call them a Nazi”; Infiltrating Yearly Kos: Post 1

Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air



Trackback URL


Keep your receipts.

Get them signed by Arianna “My qualifications to say anything in America come from divorce settlement money” Huffington, otherwise we can’t approve them.

clyde on June 10, 2006 at 4:55 PM

Tinfoil hats! Gotta love it.

Anyone how many people showed up at this freak show?

JammieWearingFool on June 10, 2006 at 5:05 PM

The Kos Kids should do this weekly. A treasure trove of material.

JammieWearingFool on June 10, 2006 at 5:14 PM

The tinfoil hats are channeling the wacko conspiracy theories from the other end of the KOSmos.

pjcomix on June 10, 2006 at 5:16 PM

YearlyKos was on CSPAN awhile ago. I’m not sure if it’s still on.

tracelan on June 10, 2006 at 5:20 PM

“Among the swanky trappings they had a martini bar which featured the “Kosmopolitan,” the blue “Bloggertini” and an abomination called a “Kostini” made of Beefeater’s Gin, Triple Sec, and olive juice, which I felt I probably ought to try.”


You mean they weren’t serving KamiKosees?

JammieWearingFool on June 10, 2006 at 5:47 PM

So I went to this John’s site (ha! funny)- who is running against Hastert- and it’s so much of nothing. He wants “affordable healthcare for everyone without overburdening the system”. I would like to wake up lying on a bed made of cash one day, but it’s not going to happen.

It’s laughable that these Dems think we’re stoopid [sic] and then guys like ‘John’ are there. How are you going to implement your proposals, John? Does a djinni owe you a few wishes?

Everthing he seems to list is a non-actionable item, but it’s meant to sound all lovely and good, it’s just utterly useless. Reminds me of the peaceniks needing to clean their undies after Kuchinich suggested a ‘Department of Peace’.

It’s clear that Kos and his ilk are trying to create a new Democrat order; trying to put on this little @ss and pony show to prove that they’re viable and numerous. Wresting control from the mainstream Dems? Kos sees himself as the Adonis of the redeemer Democrat movement and is ready to be crowned. Clark and the rest are just reinforcing this by pandering to (literally- hehe) the tinfoil hat crowd, which in turn will make them MORE bold. This could prove to be the beginnings of a rift; with the Kos Kids almost ‘militant’ and the mainstream Dems desperately trying to hold on to the image of Democrats as mainstream and reasonable.

Interesting insight.

BTW Allah- your embedded deserves a more worthy drink, like a good old dry martini of Hendricks Gin or a short of 16 year old Lagavullin, neat. None of this lame name designer drink BS. =)

linlithgow on June 10, 2006 at 5:59 PM

Haven’t seen this reported yet but anybody figure out why CSPAN suddenly cut out of their live YearlyKos broadcast this afternoon?

Happened right after Rep. Brad Miller (D) finished bragging about Leftist blogs “kicking ass”.

Areola not sure, but I suspect it had something to do with the garment failure of the female panelist to his left. She began speaking and the cameras revealed (ahem)… well, can anybody grab a screen shot?

Somebody turn up the A/C in there?

Terp Mole on June 10, 2006 at 6:07 PM

I’m sure someone somewhere thinks the CSPAN cut out is a right wing conspiracy designed to silence “the truth” at Vegas.

darwin on June 10, 2006 at 6:58 PM

one tequila
two tequila
three tequila

Defector01 on June 10, 2006 at 8:19 PM

Darn, I should have bought stock in Reynolds Aluminum when I had the chance.

calnevari on June 10, 2006 at 8:50 PM

I watched the ride for a while, hoping some hapless liberal would disgorge a brilliant metaphor for Democratic politics all over Las Vegas…


The Ugly American on June 10, 2006 at 10:54 PM

What are these people smoking? Libs have always been such party people…

birdman on June 11, 2006 at 1:19 AM

Will they be covering Roswell and hanger 52 soon?

easy87us on June 11, 2006 at 1:30 AM

A funny thought: these idiots end up pissing off the establishment Democrats enough to where they get shoveled aside. Ha. That would be perfect, Dems screwing with their idiot base.
Maybe Democratic candidates for office should all wear tinfoil hats on the campaign trail.

clyde on June 11, 2006 at 11:51 AM

I came, I saw, I barffed. The only one missing was Al Franken wearing his Official Reporter’s Antenna Helmet.

I had to leave because my vomit reflex was statring to get the best of me.

pocomoco on June 11, 2006 at 12:00 PM

almost looks like a paranormal bigfoot/startrek convention all rolled up in one…

Asmodeus on June 11, 2006 at 1:00 PM

Al Franken would have shown up except that the Astronomy Institute asked if they could borrow his glasses as a replacement for the huge reflector dish they use in searching for E.T.

darwin on June 11, 2006 at 6:05 PM

I’d love to see someone redo that bizarro Kos campaign video for Ned Whateverhisnameis, but make all the Kos Kidz have tinfoil hats like in this pic.


Also, Kos has disappeared the diary entry that announced this Kos lobotomy victim’s misadventures. Here’s the intro:

OK, SOMEbody has some ‘splainin’ to do.
I intended to be there at YKos. In fact, I actually made reservations and registered and everything. It was VERY late when I got off work last night. I got on a plane, landed, checked into my hotel last night — woke up. I’m in friggin’ Dubuque, Iowa.

SeafoodGumbo on June 11, 2006 at 11:43 PM

“I came, I saw, I barffed. The only one missing was Al Franken wearing his Official Reporter’s Antenna Helmet.” lol

The scary thing is that these folks want the keys back to run the country. A scary proposition indeed.

chicagoray on June 12, 2006 at 2:25 AM

Wow, the Riviera, the Stratosphere. That’s a heck of a cheap first date.

the wolf on June 13, 2006 at 10:05 AM