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Et Tu Markos? Kos Threatens Kucinich

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Maybe had Keith Olbermann been helming Countdown on the night of March 9, 2010, and not the cardboard talking head of the Democratic establishment, Lawrence O'Donnell, guest Markos (Kos) Moulitsas may have tamped his maniac desire to please when in the presence of a member of the Washington in-crowd. Instead, the founder and publisher of the activist blog Daily Kos cooed just what O'Donnell wanted to hear and may have started his decline into irrelevance for having done so.

O'Donnell presented before Markos the lone stand of Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D) Ohio against passage of the U.S. Senate's Health Reform Bill due to the lack of a public option. The guest host asked Moulitsas how Kucinich's position was being received out there in the "liberal blogosphere".

Moulitsas's answer was grounded in centralist, inside-the-beltway type smearing of those who dare to be principled rather than sycophants of the powerful:

"Well, it's definitely a very Ralph Nader-esque approach, I think, to politics, a very unrealistic and self-defeating approach. I mean, Ralph Nader paved the way for eight years of George Bush and wars and in attacking our civil liberties and our economy. And I'm going to hold people, like Dennis Kucinich, responsible for the 40,000 Americans that die each year from a lack of health care.(author emphasis) And I don't care if you're a Republican or you're a conservative Democrat or you're somebody like Dennis Kucinich. The fact is, this does a heck of a lot for a lot of people. And like I said, it's not perfect. It definitely needs to be improved. But it's a first step. And God knows it's taken us a long time to even get our toe in the door given the corporate interest that are arrayed against any kind of real reform. So, I think this is a first step. It's definitely not the end of the path. It's not the ideal solution. But we have our foot is in the door, and if somebody like Kucinich wants to block that, I find that completely reprehensible." (author emphasis)

O'Donnell went for the kill by asking Moulitsas if Kucinich's vote against the Senate Healthcare Bill was "... reprehensible enough to mount a primary challenge against him? Is it possible to be too liberal and not practical enough and, therefore, merit a challenge in a primary? Especially if Dennis Kucinich votes as he promises he will, votes against this bill in the House of Representatives?"

Then Moulitsas cooed an answer that may cost Daily Kos a significant number of followers and dramatically reduce Markos's political influence:

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