Delightful yet predictable, as it always is when movements based on ideological purity and “authenticity” start to eat their own. Calling Kos a centrist is as stupid as the Kossacks calling the media right-wing, but her point about his opportunism isn’t far off the mark. Kos was only too happy last summer to have some attention paid to him by moderate Dem Mark Warner (“this is a heck of a first date!”) and the Blunder Twins were surprisingly willing to tone down the Christian-hate when John Edwards came calling. Like I said at the time, “The first priority for the fightin’ nutroots, even above ending the war, is cultivating their own power. And if they have to make ideological compromises to do that, hey.” That’s O’Connor’s real complaint here, I think, not Screw Them’s alleged centrism.
Takeaway line: “He doesn’t want to change the world, he wants to change his address.” Note what she says too about his longstanding antipathy to her. I wonder what started that.
Update: Commenting on the Democrats’ pullout from the Nevada debate, the Las Vegas Review-Journal begs to differ with Maryscott’s assessment of Kos’s centrism.
Hard-core liberals can’t stand the Fox News Channel. Passing a television that’s tuned to the conservative favorite forces many of them to close their eyes, cover their ears and scream, “La la la la la la la la la!” Then they dash to their computers and fire off 2,500 e-mails condemning the outlet, none of which are ever read…
This hyperventilation results from the fact that far-left Democrats have no comparable media outlet, nor any widespread national appeal, for their radical views in favor of heavy-handed regulation, wealth redistribution, diplomatic capitulation and economic protectionism. So they attack their rivals’ messenger with a reckless barrage of rhetoric that cuts down their own allies with friendly fire.
By Friday, the Nevada Democratic Party caved in to the lunatic fringe and beganseeking a more “appropriate” television partner.