Wednesday, June 28, 2006

If this Kosola stuff has any basic in fact (which it doesn't) then explain this one, echo chamber:

Warner hired Armstrong, ostensibly to get access to Kos. Kos did indeed say nice things about Warner (though only in the context of observations easily made about Virginia and Virginia politics). Warner got involved with the 'net roots' movement (undoubtedly at the urging of Armstrong, which was good advice). Warner took a front seat role at YearlyKos.

On the other hand, Feingold hired nobody (as far as I know). Kos has hyped him more than any other candidate (or likely candidates, combined). Feingold involved himself in the Net Roots. Feingold played a big role at YearlyKos (as big as or bigger than any other currently elected official lacking Warner-bucks).

As with Warner, Kos has praised Feingold's integrity, ability to get stuff done, and his effective expression of Democratic values. In other words, Feingold has earned the praise. Though not exactly a national politician yet, Warner has done just about all he can to get there. He's earning it too.

These attacks are not about people knowing people (frankly, that’s how connections are made, at every level, and its only corrupt when it abuses the public trust, legal responsibilities, or fiduciary responsibilities). These attacks are about Hillary being left out of the spot light and having very little positive presence in this sphere. And as this sphere proves to be effective, or at least, demonstrate an emerging efficacy, it becomes more and more of a threat. So the options are, marginalize and discredit it, or try and win it over.

At this point though, Hillary (and when I say Hillary, I mean a much broader group of politicians, who to my mind would include other hopefuls like Evan Bayh who would rely upon existing institutions to carry them through, rather than a connection with voters) has only one option and that is to marginalize and discredit. Thus the attack originating from TNR, being backed up by others such as Kaus, etc. That’s that wing. That wing wants to ride an establishment into office rather than someone that the American public can really connect to and find reason to vote for, rather than against. A positive candidate whose message would be "I can change things"(and who really could) against a Hillary, who, more strongly than anyone else, represents more of the same tried-out establishment politics.

The problem with Kos isn't that he's out of the mainstream (he's not) or that he comes across too angry (he probably is). The problem with Kos and the entire movement is that it stands for meritocracy in politics, rather than entitlements.

Feingold and Warner are earning their praise, and Hillary is earning ire. And after Bush Jr., let’s hope that Americans have had their fill of nepotism and inheritance.

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