In one of those weird unfoldings, the story started not with Markos (Kos), but with a shot at his buddy, fellow blogger, and co-author, Jerome Armstrong. (Jerome started the blog myDD. He and Markos have a book on progressive politics out called Crashing the Gates)
The first shot was that this guy Jerome Armstrong did some funky stuff that had nothing to do with politics â getting paid by companies to tout their stocks, or something like that. Who knows. (It seemed substantive, but itâs not the point of this story)
People then started noticing that Kos and Armstrong hyped a lot of candidates who had one or both of them on the campaign payroll, particularly Armstrong. The charge was, if you want to get endorsed on DailyKos, you just had to hire Armstrong.
The first shot had come from the New York Times. But for some reason, an apparently liberal journal called The New Republic started piling onâ¦ with some enthusiasm. Apparently thereâs some rivalry â¦I donât know the details.
Somewhere along the line, those sporty chaps at Redstate jumped in.
[Ok â¦ for all the RedState posts that got front-paged on this one, see the bottom of this page. Itâs too distracting right now.]
So the RedState crowd had some âfunâ â¦ and they were obviously trying to bring Kos down. (In addition to being liberal, his blog is, ahem, bigger than theirs) So the question is, did it work?
Well, it didnât look too good for Kos when things started out. He took awhile to blog about it â¦ and when he did, he got very
defensive. So I figured heâd go down â defensive generally means guilty. And the RedState people kept calling him âcultishâ, and his post kind of confimed it.
But slowly, Kos changed his tune. Instead of getting defensive, he started getting sarcastic. He also started linking to other people who were doing the same â and thus, doing less of the talking himself.
Ok, then he got kind of cultish again. But in a slightly cool, rally the troops kind of way.
He went back to using humor, and to showcasing othersâ humor instead of his own, here, and this is the post where he really nailed it. In particular, check out one of the other posts he links to, which is really a quite funny satire of the whole thing. Itâs the second one down, here.
IMHO, the point was, one: Kos is no longer defending himself; instead, he is flexing his network of others who are defending him; and two: the Kossacks are not getting angry; they are just making fun of the other side (who did, in fact, vastly over-extend themselves).
So at this point, Iâd say RedStateâs predicted flame-out is, well, flamed out. Kos has passed a hurdle, his first political scandal; and he did it by doing what he does best–leading by letting others lead.
However, the Kossacks arenât out of the woods yet. Theyâve denied the opponent a victoryâ¦but their tactic of winning through humorous mockery raises my eyebrows. Is that their lot–to be the wise-cracking kids? Kos almost says it himself (from the post linked above):
Really, as much as people try to paint us as “angry”, fact is we have a lot of fun with this stuff. We make politics fun, and do so effortlessly.
But Kos â¦ have you and the Kossacks limited yourselves? Are you now truly the kids who have to be âquiet, adults talking now,â as the RedState folks like to say? Are you guys just in politics for the laughs?
If so, the Kossacks will be tough to attack â¦ but whether they will ever be taken seriously is another question.
What do BMG-ers think?
And, just for the record:
In addition to the RedState posts above, here are the rest. Again, these are only the ones that got front-paged.
This one was supposedly related.
All of these were front-paged, by the way.
This one introduced the official âfunny anti-Kos blog graphicâ.
By now, theyâve started talking about how the Armstrong guy did astrology.
More astrology. This one officially mentions Kosâ predicted âFlameout.â
This one had something to do with Kos switching from Paul Hackett to the other guy in Ohio (and also astrology)
This one was supposedly related.
And last but not least (for now)â¦more astrology.
(Hey, at least they’re thorough.)