Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Daily Kos, Along with Obama’s Base, Is Fracturing

Original Link: http://noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/07/08/daily-kos-is-fracturing/

By SusanUnPC

The other night, I wrote in “The Choice (But I’ve Been Touched) - A Long Overdue Update“:

[M]any Kossacks attacked the blog founder Markos (”Kos”) Moulitsas when he announced he was withholding his $2,300 donation to Obama’s presidential campaign because of his dismay with Obama’s backpedaling on FISA, public financing, and more. Kos titled his essay, “Rewarding good behavior.”

They continue to attack. And attack. And attack. Here’s one of the latest, from a diary by Kath25, “People Power Will Donate $2,300 Instead, Markos (Update VI)” — the 903rd comment:

Yeah, Kos is an ass, a liar, and a coward.

“Obama is going to raise a ton of dough and win this thing whether I send him money or not.” [Quoting Kos]

Bullshit. This is just an excuse and a lie. Some netroots leader and organizer! “Let somebody else do it. It’ll get done, somehow.”

Kos will cause Obama to lose, and will revel in it, just as Naderites reveled in Gore’s loss. There are only two possible outcomes to this election, and Kos and the lemmings in his footsteps either don’t care who wins or want to see Obama lose so as to exalt their own bloated egos.

by LongTom on Tue Jul 08, 2008 at 06:17:39 PM PDT

Here’s the link to the diary sans comments — advised if you’re on a dial-up connection or have an older computer.

If you’d like to scan the 900+ comments, go here.

I find myself siding with Kos here. He took his time endorsing Obama, and now is using the leverage he has to try to hold Obama to his commitments.

The sad reality, of course, is that Obama has no fealty to commitments over issues. Issues are merely fodder to be used to grab what he seeks above all else: Victory.

Now, every politician has to be focused on winning. But most politicians have some issues about which they genuinely care and are knowledgeable about. Obama has none.

What should worry Denver delegates most is that, with Obama’s base bickering and more of them disappointed every day in Obama’s backpedaling, his much-vaunted ability to raise cash is being affected.

For every one of the Kossacks angry with Kos, there is another who is just as disappointed in Obama as Kos, and who is likely to donate not at all, or far less than before.

That’s a huge problem for the Democratic party, especially since Nancy Pelosi and Howard Dean have counted on Obama’s “cash cow” — and that was, I maintain, the main reason that Pelosi and Dean pulled so many strings and bent so many rules to crown Obama the nominee.

They may soon regret that greed clouded their judgment.

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