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Markos Moulitsas
  • Liberals for Santorum!

    Nope, that headline's not a mistake. There is a movement afoot for Democrats to come out in support of Rick Santorum in the upcoming state primaries.

    Liberals, however, haven't suddenly bought into the extremist ideology of conservative fetus-lover Rick Santorum — they just want to screw with Republicans. The Daily Kos' Markos Moulitsas explains

    It's time for us to take an active role in the GOP nomination process. That's right, it's time for those of us who live in open primary and caucus states — Michigan, North Dakota, Vermont and Tennessee in the next three weeks — to head out and cast a vote for Rick Santorum…

    The longer this thing drags out, the more unpopular the Republican presidential pretenders become. Just look at Mitt Romney's trajectory, which followed Herman Cain's trajectory, and Newt Gingrich's trajectory, and Michelle Bachmann's trajectory, and so on.

    Rick Santorum will inevitably follow the same path once he gets properly vetted.

    Dubbed "Operation Hilarity," Kos' effort is similar to Rush Limbaugh's 2008 campaign to get Republicans to vote for Hillary Clinton to prolong the Democratic race. I don't know if meddling in such an important election is a good idea. If Moulitsas wants to watch a long "clown show," he should just tune into Fox & Friends.

    But imagine how funny it would be if Rick Santorum got so many votes he actually won the GOP primary and then, with the economy still suffering, actually beat Obama in the general election. Wouldn't that be hilarious? Oh man, I'm laughing so hard I'm crying. No, wait. I'm just crying.

    Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Daily Kos, Markos Moulitsas, Mitt Romney, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Rush Limbaugh
  • Dennis Kucinich Has Done So Very Much for the Make-Believe People

    Markos Moulitsas — on Countdown with(out) Keith Olbermann last night — responded to Dennis Kucinich's promise to America that he will kill health care reform dead, but in a well-intentioned idealistic way…

    Salon's Alex Koppelman responds to Moulitsas's response by quoting — right from the congressperson's own website — all the good super-idealistic legislation that Kucinich has introduced to Congress these past 13 years

    "In Congress, Kucinich has authored and co-sponsored legislation to create a national health care system, preserve Social Security, lower the costs of prescription drugs, provide economic development through infrastructure improvements, abolish the death penalty, provide universal prekindergarten to all 3, 4, and 5 year olds, create a Department of Peace, regulate genetically engineered foods, repeal the USA PATRIOT Act, and provide tax relief to working class families."

    Notice that the bio never actually says whether any of that legislation actually passed. In fact, according to the web site GovTrack, of the 97 bills Kucinich has sponsored since taking office in 1997, only three have become law. 93 didn't even make it out of committee.

    Yeah, but I'll have you know that according to the rules of quantum physics (as I understand them) those 93 bills are doing fantastically well in some alternate universe somewhere.

    Tags: Dennis Kucinich, Health Care, Markos Moulitsas, MSNBC
  • Should We Kill the Health Care Bill? (Please Don't Expect Me to Have an Answer)

    There's currently a big debate in liberal circles about whether the health care reform bill, as it currently stands, is even worth passing at all. And, I'll tell you, it's the absolute worst kind of political debate: a complex one that requires thinking and nuanced reason. (Ugh! Don't you hate those? They're the worst. Please, somebody, just tell me who the Nazi is.)

    On the one side, there's a bunch of people like Josh Marshall and Matt Yglesias who think that it's better to pass a severely hobbled reform bill that will do some good to some people.

    And on the other side, there are the people, like Howard Dean and Markos Moulitsas, who just want the bill dead. They want its family dead. They want its house burnt to the ground, so they can go there in the middle of the night and piss on its ashes. However — unlike the Teabaggers who oppose this bill because Barack Obama is a Kenyan Muslim atheist communist terrorist Hitler bring back the America I love fuuuuuuuuuuuuucccckkkkkkkkk Glenn Beck is teh awesome!!!! — these people have actual reasons and a passing understanding of logic.

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    Tags: Health Care, Howard Dean, Markos Moulitsas, Matthew Yglesias, Medicare, Tea Party
  • Only You Can Protect America from Brown People on the Internet

    Oh… My… GOD!!!

    Did you know that there are a bunch of swarthy people with foreign-sounding names and terrorist-colored skin… hiding in the shadows of their immensely popular Internet sites… plotting to take down the government by… making eagles cry, or something?

    And they're sponsored by that guy George Soros — whom, if talk radio hosts know anything (and they clearly know everything), is very, very evil.

    This is no laughing matter! Don't believe me? Just watch this terrifying video that some guy made on his laptop for proof!

    Holy Jesus! There was even an actual quote from Abraham Lincoln from that one time when he gave that speech warning real Americans about the dangers of certain Internet websites.

    Come on, guys. This is serious. Let's all chip in and protect America from the Internet. It's what Abraham Jesus would have wanted.

    (via Matt Yglesias (via Wonkette))

    Tags: Abraham Lincoln, Daily Kos, Markos Moulitsas, Racism
  • Kos & Bill-O: Hateful Rivalry or Homoerotic Obsession?

    The newspaper is dying, slowly but surely. But who is responsible for the murder? Is it the scrappy blogosphere? Or the saccharin world of TV/radio journalism? Is this a blogger-correspondent conspiracy? Over the next few days, I'll be investigating the relationship between bloggers and TV/radio correspondents to reveal to you a complex web of intrigue and passion.

    Markos Moulitsas
    Daily Kos
    Bill O'Reilly
    The O'Reilly Factor
    Sign Libra Virgo
    Interests Spending time with his two kids, drum circles, composting, burning flags, redistributing wealth Showers, long phone conversations with colleagues
    Secret Talent Classical pianist / composer Writing literary erotica, loofah / falafel massages
    Type Short, dark and handsome Tall, pale and blotchy
    Favorite Food Pirates Booty (not cheetos!), vegan souvlaki pupusas, "bloggered eggs" (frozen embryos with honey dijon mustard) Thai cuisine, falafels, soul food, anything at Sylvia's


    How they feel about each other

    Bill O'Reilly: O'Reilly is a kindergarten style flirt who teases the people he like-likes. But there is nothing innocent about O'Reilly's obsession with Markos.  Markos's legs must be tired because he's been running around O'Reilly's mind for years now. Billo cannot stop talking about Markos, and he even compares Markos to his other major crush, David Duke, who has always been O'Reilly's knight in cotton white armor.

    Markos Moulitsas:  Markos once confessed to fellow object-of-O'Reilly's-Obsession, Keith Olberman, that he used to feel jealous and insecure about O'Reilly's crush on Keith: "I looked on as O‘Reilly attacked you for years and turned you into this ratings powerhouse on MSNBC, so I thought, I could use a little bit of O‘Reilly love. I‘m glad that he‘s actually delivered some of that." But after all the attention and love, Markos can't help but realize that he drives Bill crazy and can get him hot and bothered like no one else.


    How they really feel about each other

    Bill O'Reilly: O'Reilly may be straight or, when it comes to gay marriage, bi-curious.  (He used to say he "couldn't care less about gay marriage" but now sees it as a gateway marriage to drugs, abortion, and the revocation of the Patriot Act, and inter-species matrimony.) But he certainly seems to have a thing for Markos Moulitsas.

    Markos Moulitsas: Markos is flattered by all the attention, but it is unrequited.  Sorry, Bill, but he's just not that into you.


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    Tags: Bill O'Reilly, Daily Kos, Fox, Markos Moulitsas