Kimberly Strassel notes that the Kos Kids haven't been all that successful when it comes to knocking off moderate Democrats to make way for hard left candidates more to their liking. Last year Henry Cuellar, a pro-business, free-trade, pro-law enforcement centrist Democrat from Texas, raised the ire of the Kos crowd, who in turn raised money for a liberal primary challenger. Mr. Cuellar won.
...Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas would later swagger on his blog: "So we didn't kill off Cuellar. But we gave him a whooping where none was expected and made him sweat."
Which is the point. If the liberal blogging phenomenon deserves to be known for anything, it is the strategy to intimidate or silence anyone who disagrees with its own out-of-the-mainstream views.
Leftist debate strategy involves substituting their own sets of facts for the real ones. Silencing disagreement is crucial in order to avoid that cognitive dissonance thing.
In a match-up on "Meet the Press" this past weekend, the Daily Kos's Mr. Moulitsas extolled those who use his site to trash thoughtful folks such as Mr. Cuellar as a shining example of "democracy." In the same breath he then commanded the DLC's Mr. Ford to "control" his moderate members, and force them to stop disagreeing with liberal Democrats. If you get that logic, you might just be a Daily Kos reader.
Yup, cognitive dissonance.