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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Drinking with Kos

I attended Drinking Liberally tonight at the 331 Club, where Kos from Daily Kos was in attendance as advertised. It was a pretty packed place, full of energy, and Markos did not disappoint. He is a very good spokesperson for the liberal blogosphere, telling it like it is, passionate, and taking the fight to Republicans everywhere.

Overall, his question-and-answer time and his opening spiel were good. I don't think I will quite agree with his remarks that the traditional media is not necessary anymore; only a very tiny fraction of people read blogs after all. However, I do think that blogs and other online media are in their ascendance, and the chattering class, the pundits, the self-styled experts, the letters-to-the-editor writers, they are definitely plugged in. And that does make a big difference. Markos talked about that vis-à-vis the Stephen Colbert affair at the Washington Correspondents Dinner, but it's evident in lots of place.

I also agreed with his take that Democrats need to talk about the issues that Democrats share, and get away from the single-issue advocacy groups. One woman asked what Democrats can do about all the women who are outraged at the loss of reproductive rights, and Markos gave her an answer that she probably didn't like: that these single-issue groups need to butt out. Frankly, I agree, and I am surprised by these people. I am a strong supporter of reproductive rights, but women aren't rioting in the streets about abortion. Few people are rioting about anything, except maybe gas prices. Talking about volatile issues is pointless.

All in all, a good night. I was kind of surprised that no politicians showed up; I would have thought that they had more sense.


At 11:21 PM, May 02, 2006, Anonymous Chris said...

Well, Amy Klobuchar has run a couple ads on his blog. Perhaps politicians are still afraid of the "kos sed soljurs shud die!!!1!" bullshit that the conservobloggers would whip up.

As a matter of fact, I wouldn't be surprised, given Mark Kennedy's penchant for manufactured fits of outrage, and the way he tied Patty Wetterling to MoveOn.org in '04, if his campaign already has a similar DailyKos/Klobuchar ad filmed and in storage for October.

At 10:04 AM, May 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Kos, and generally agree with a lot of what you've said, but I completely disagree with both of you on the reproductive rights issue.

The civil rights of 51% of the citizens of this country should not be treated in such a cavalier manner.

At 2:21 PM, May 03, 2006, Blogger Ag said...

Seems we agree on a lot here. Candidates did come to the early morning Drinking (coffee) Liberally crowd. Check it out here:

At 11:53 AM, May 06, 2006, Anonymous KenT said...

Hey MN PiG,
I'm sure you and all the butt pirates had a wonderful time. I would like to know if when you weren’t kissing ass (as liberal hacks typically do), did any of come up with any ideas or was it just more whining. After all the Republicans have brought us all into the best economy with strong markets, great job growth and a solid housing market that is good for both buyer and sellers. Was that what you were talking about? Of didn't you bring that up because it would have killed the mood you desired for the room?
Have a nice day "Smoochie".

At 3:04 PM, May 06, 2006, Blogger MN Politics Guru said...

KenT, way to improve the discourse. Another poster child for conservative discussion.

At 12:52 PM, May 09, 2006, Anonymous AHW said...

"butt pirates"?


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