The Yearly Kos convention in Chicago has ended, with every significant contender for the Democratic Presidential nomination having dropped in to pay homage. If you’re curious about what happened, check out this fascinating video by Andrew Marcus of Pajamas Media. What strikes one most forcibly is the arrogance of the web-based leftists who are convinced that the Democratic Party is dancing to their tune. In this brief clip, Markos Moulitos brags that he and his cohorts purged Joe Lieberman from the Democratic Party. The fact that Lieberman is still in the Senate, as pointed out by a reporter, and is in a position to swing that body to the Republicans if the Democrats get too far out of hand, is shrugged off by Kos:
Watching Markos perform in Andrew’s video reminds me of another film, Blog Wars, by British filmmaker James Rogan, which we participated in and also reported on here. In that documentary, Markos exclaims, with unabashed wonderment, that “I was a project manager for a software company!” but now is being taken seriously as a political figure. The realization that the motley–to put it kindly–crew filmed by Andrew Marcus represents the soul of the Democratic Party, should give all Republicans hope for 2008.
PAUL adds: Republicans would have more hope, from a purely partisan perspective, if Hillary Clinton would pander to the Kos crowd. In fact, she has not done so. She has refused, for example, to apologize for her vote to go to war in Iraq. And at the Kos gathering she was booed for defending her decision to accept campaign contributions from lobbyists. The positions she’s taking are, I believe, indistinguishable from the ones she would take if the blogosphere did not exist and Kos was still managing projects for a software company. They are formulated with swing voters in mind for the purpose of winning in November 2008.
Clinton has not yet had her “Sister Souljah” moment with the Kos crowd, nor would one expect her to have it while she’s still seeking the nomination. But as she steamrolls her way to that nomination without owing anything to that fringe of her party, she will leave Kos and company with a simple choice — sign on or be left out. Kos, a realist at heart, will probably sign on. Otherwise, we might well see that Sister Souljah moment.
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