Averaging over 600,000 readers per day, the Daily Kos routinely features some of the nastiest invective in the English language. Regular contributors, called diarists or Kossacks, lace their posts with obscenities and vicious attacks against Republicans as well as Democrats who aren't leftist enough for them.
When decorated war hero Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) joined other moderate Senate Democrats and Republicans on August 3 to update the government's Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act powers to monitor terrorist suspects,
“For a bunch of people who want to strut around acting tough,' this crowd sure ran around like a whipped puppy once Big Bad Mr. 25% said 'boo!' Scary!”
“F*** you, you treasonous Quisling DLC Vichy Democrat sack of s***!
“I gave my money, my time, my sweat to the Democratic Party to get them elected, and this is how they repay me? F*** that!
“A tragedy courtesy of politicians who, in their own ways, follow Grover Norquist's dictum of reducing government until it's small enough to drown in the bathtub.”
“Dems who voted for FISA: You're going to claim we can depend on you to be tough against terrorists even though you just put your foreheads to the floor at the feet of the most loathsome duo ever to sink their talons into the office of the Presidency.”
Sometimes, it seems
“Nope,” said one August 8 entry titled “Why Bush Still Lives.” “Al Qaeda isn't about to kill Bush, they likely think they'd be doing the Western world a real favor and a disservice to themselves. That small limited impotent little man from Texas will eventually be shoved aside and into the s---hole of history's most incompetent s----for-brains 'God told me to do it – Mission Accomplished' losers.”
Sometimes its anger at the war in general that makes the level of discourse at the
An August 4 blog entry recounted how disgruntled
Such a degraded level of political discourse frequently produces comments on the intellectual level of “Boo friggin' HOO, righties!” which followed an August 1 Moulitsas post crowing about 2008 as a “Democratic wave year.”
Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, Jr. wrote August 2 how Kos is becoming a major force in American politics, and that all but one of the Democratic presidential candidates attended the site's August 2007 Yearly Kos convention in Chicago. As
Presidential long-shot Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) went on The O'Reilly Factor on August 3 to give the Fox News host an earful, lauding the “wonderful way” the Daily Kos lets people “share their views on a variety of subjects.”
It would be one thing if the hateful invective stayed in anonymous comments, as it usually does on many right-wing blog sites. But Daily Kos writers and diarists are often just as bad as the people who post underneath them.
What are sites like dailykos.com adding to political debate in a country whose government is already paralyzed by hyper-partisanship?