Andrew Sullivan is not among my favorite thinkers. His Bush bashing is often unfair and exaggerated. Nonetheless, he insightfully points out that “ Yes, there's nothing so valuable to George W. Bush and the religious right than Daily Kos, Moveon.org and Ted Kennedy. What would he do without them?”: (thanks to Little Green footballs)
The Daily Kos responds by describing Sullivan as an idiot who fails to understand “that institutions like MoveOn and Daily Kos are a reaction to the Right Wing's tactics for the past 20 years.” Is Kos right to say that conservatives behaved similarly in the past? I am, for the moment, going to dodge that question. The main thing is this: the Daily Kos is living in a dream world. He is totally oblivious to the harsh reality that his group of leftist extremists are likely perceived by Karl Rove as a gift from heaven. It would even behoove the Bush White House to discretely fund the Daily Kos. The president’s poll numbers go up virtually every time Kos and his allies open their mouths. If the Daily Kos didn’t exist, Karl Rove would have to invent him. This is what happens when one lives their life within an echo chamber. One ultimately starts to believe their own bovine excrement. The Daily Kos represents the mainstream of the Democratic Party’s national apparatus. He is definitely not a fringe player on the outside looking in. How did the Republican Party get so lucky? God must truly love the GOP.