Ko$ola: The gathering storm

posted at 11:15 am on June 20, 2006 by Allahpundit

A blog scandal’s not really a blog scandal until someone puts together a timeline.

Uh oh!

Good stuff, as is Crank’s piece at RedState detailing Armstrong’s stock-pimpin’ shenanigans. It sure looks like candidates are paying him to pull the string on Kos’s back — although why they’d want buzz from a guy who’s as adept at picking political winners as his partner is at picking IPOs, I have no idea. Political contributions from gullible Kossacks, I suppose. Or perhaps it’s a form of protection money: Warner might not end up with Kos’s endorsement, but he’s guaranteed that he won’t have to deal with the nutroots being sicced on him they way they were with his fellow moderate Democrat, Joe Lieberman. He’s not buying buzz, in other words; he’s buying silence.

The problem now is proving that some of the money paid to Armstrong for his “consulting” was transferred to Kos. That would be actual impropriety, as opposed to the mere appearance of it; but all we’ve got so far is one guy doing his co-author a solid by giving his clients a little free publicity.

If this gets more traction as a scandal — and Geraghty notes that some of the Kossacks are starting to ask questions — look for Kos to make a big show of his independence by loudly slamming Warner for some minor offense. Or, perhaps, they’ll set up some kind of retard version of a Chinese wall, where Kos decides he simply won’t comment on any of Armstrong’s clients. Whatever; just enjoy the squirming.

Update: Needless to say, this is all speculation. Not asserting that Kos or Armstrong is guilty of anything.

Update: As usual, James Joyner puts it well:

Still, aside from the Dean case, where Kos definitely took money, and the Warner case, where we have no proof that Kos is getting anything for his shilling, the “Kos-ola” scandal seems misnamed. If there’s undisclosed pay-for-post going on, we have a scandal; otherwise, not so much. The Armstrong SEC thing combined with his blogging for Dean while clandestinely being on his payroll provide two strikes for Armstrong; so far, it’s only one strike for Kos.


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There’s lot of “Kos” here.

Allahpundit, you will be amused to know that the word KOS is the Arabic language means:

PUSSY or VAGINA

Whichever you like :-)

I’m serious.

CatholicConservative on June 20, 2006 at 11:27 AM

Rebel Without A Kos?

That would describe those politicians who refuse to pay Kosola consulting “fees.”

pjcomix on June 20, 2006 at 11:28 AM

why my posts take time to be submitted? :(

I’m complaining to Allahpundit almighty.

CatholicConservative on June 20, 2006 at 11:30 AM

Terrific, CC. And to think, people say our comments section is lowbrow.

Allahpundit on June 20, 2006 at 11:30 AM

CatholicC…I believe that words like…pu**y, cr@p, V@gin@, etc are detectable by the filter for screening….so Allah can read it first to enjoy the rush of adrenalin from reading these powerful words.

easy87us on June 20, 2006 at 11:34 AM

Terrific, CC. And to think, people say our comments section is lowbrow.

Allahpundit on June 20, 2006 at 11:30 AM

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You gotta be proud of your commentators.

I didn’t need to make any research to find out that KOS = PUSSY in the Arabic language.

I speak Arabic :)

CatholicConservative on June 20, 2006 at 11:42 AM

CatholicC…I believe that words like…pu**y, cr@p, V@gin@, etc are detectable by the filter for screening….so Allah can read it first to enjoy the rush of adrenalin from reading these powerful words.

easy87us on June 20, 2006 at 11:34 AM

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Is that right Allah?

:)

CatholicConservative on June 20, 2006 at 11:43 AM

Um, CC, we read you the FIRST TIME… No need to make it rhyme.

pjcomix on June 20, 2006 at 11:43 AM

Yes, that’s right.

Allahpundit on June 20, 2006 at 11:45 AM

Stop trying to keep people from “getting engaged in politics!”

heh.

coondawg on June 20, 2006 at 11:52 AM

I had my own suspicions last week about the chumminess between the KOs KOmmies and Mark Warner:

Head KOmmie KOs Encourages Political Bribery

pjcomix on June 20, 2006 at 11:57 AM

Meanwhile, the inmates are celebrating our soldiers being tortured and murdered.

Yeas, they’ve moderated.

JammieWearingFool on June 20, 2006 at 12:31 PM

so far, it’s only one strike for Kos.

Aside from libel and slander of course. But those aren’t crimes if they are committed by a liberal, no no no.

RH

RobertHuntingdon on June 20, 2006 at 12:34 PM

But you guys don’t get it!

When the nutroots take money under the table to peddle influence (or to keep the natives quiet even), why that is a gooood thing.

It would only be baaaad if it happened on the right.

Warner Todd Huston on June 20, 2006 at 12:36 PM

How long before the Federal Election Commission requires “paid advertisement by the ___ campaign”, with a voice intoning “I’m ____, and I approve of this message” on every political blog website? Not hard to believe, especially when money is involved like it is in Kos’ case. Probably others. It’s only a matter of time when the FEC notes the loophole.

clyde on June 20, 2006 at 12:42 PM

How long before Sen. Specter will convene hearings on Allahpundit monitoring the HotAir commentators’ contributions?

Entelechy on June 20, 2006 at 12:52 PM

All I can say is thank God for McCain-Feingold. Why, no one could ever come up with a way around that fine piece of legislation. We need to support any piece of law that restricts free speech moneyed interests from endorsing a candidate.

DDG on June 20, 2006 at 1:30 PM

My contributions to HotAir are free, and worth every penny.

clyde on June 20, 2006 at 1:49 PM

What struck me is that Jerome Armstrong, a partner of Moulitsas, signed a consent decree with the SEC after being accused of stock touting via the internet in 2000.

Why am I not surprised?

georgej on June 21, 2006 at 7:03 AM