Last night at the Peach Pundit drink-fest I had the opportunity to talk politics (what else?) with frequent poster chrisishardcore. Chris and I, along with Mike Hassinger and others talked over the Georgia political landscape, and it was a blast.
There was something I wanted to discuss with Chris, but never got around to it so I thought I’d bring it up here. Before I ask the question, please allow me to lay some groundwork.
Daily Kos is a left wing blog and the most visited blog in the blogosphere (it’s founder Markos Moulitsas Zúniga recently spoke in Atlanta and audio of the event is available here). Markos makes no bones about it, he want’s to reshape the Democratic Party and while’s he at it, the media. He and the Kos Kids, have set out to make his dream a reality by raising money and volunteering for candidates, and holding an annual Yearly Kos convention which takes place next week in Las Vegas. Markos even appears in a TV ad for a US Senate candidate taking on Joe Lieberman in the Democratic primary in Connecticut.The Kos Kids might need to be smarter about the candidates they support, i.e. less longshots and more candidates with a decent chance of winning, but I’m not aware of any right wing blog which attempts to influence elections in such an organized and specific manner.
So here are two questions:
1) Is the Daily Kos model the future or just a flash in the pan?
2) Just how much influence do the Kos Kids have within the Democratic Party?