You’d be forgiven if you missed a little article in Politico Magazine this week PeakNation™. Its authors were decrying how the founder of The Daily Kos, an extreme left blog, was celebrating the decimation of moderate Democrats in Congress over the past few years.
In a remarkable post yesterday, [Markos] Moulitsas, founder and publisher of the progressive community site DailyKos, celebrates the departure from the Senate of 10 moderate Democrats over the last decade, and makes clear his hope that Senators Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) lose their tough reelection battles this year. He doesn’t name some other moderates in tight races, like Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), but his logic suggests that he’d be only too happy to say goodbye to them as well. [the Peak emphasis]
What is remarkable about the Daily Kos article isn’t so much what’s in it, but what’s not. Or, who’s not. This is a blog post devoted entirely to celebrating the destruction of moderate Democrats, and the hope the rest of the Democrats’ moderates meet their end soon, and there is not a single mention of Senator Mark Udall, who desperately wants to be a moderate.
[L]ook at this motley crew on our side of the aisle: Max Baucus, Evan Bayh, John Breaux, Tom Daschle, Fritz Hollings, Mary Landrieu, Ben Nelson, Joe Lieberman, Blanche Lincoln, Zell Miller, and Mark Pryor.
Ugh. What a pile of suck. And those were just the worst offenders. Of that crowd, Baucus recently announced his retirement, leaving only Landrieu and Pryor—and Pryor will lose his re-election battle. Maybe Landrieu will, too. Daschle was in charge of the Democratic caucus, horrifyingly enough.
Udall has tried his damnedest to play the moderate in Colorado, but when he returns to Washington, his votes and his actions signal to the far left that he is really one of them. If an extreme left blog like The Daily Kos finds Udall liberal enough to pass their liberal purity test, he is way too extreme to represent the true independent nature of Colorado.