It seems that the honorable 2004 Democratic Presidential Nominee, Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts, is now writing on The Daily Kos. While
any idiot anybody can create an account on The Daily Kos, the person styling himself John Kerry has actually posted two articles. Since being able to do that would require a log in and permission from site owner Markos Moulitsas ZÃºniga, I am assuming that the John Kerry posting on Kos is the “real” John Kerry.
That further assumes, of course, that there is a real John Kerry! After the 2004 campaign, I’d suggest that there is some doubt about that!
But this does raise the interesting question of why Mr. Kerry would do that. The Daily Kos is a very popular site, receiving hundreds of thousands of visitors every day. Right now, the site is #3 on the TTLB Ecosystem, with a Link Score of 2357 (one of which comes from this site) and 584,154 average daily visits.
But The Lost Kos is not only the highest rated site on the American political left, it is also the home for the weirdos and whackos of the left. I check teh site because of its popularity, and I’ve found some interesting starting points for articles therein, but it isn’t a place for reasoned political debates. The Lost Kos is the home of the flamers, the people more interested in being the Pickett’s Charge of the left than actually figuring out how to persuade the doubters and win elections.
My guess is that Mr. Kerry is trying for the same net-based early money raising grab that was so successful for Howard Dean in 2003. And I think that’s a large part of the theme of Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots and the Rise of People-Powered Politics that Mr. ZÃºniga coauthored and hawks on his site.
I’d actually like to read, and review, that book, but since the order form says, “We’ll donate $1 per book to progressive organizations fighting the radical right,” I’m not certain that I can buy the book with a clear conscience.
Perhaps Senator Kerry thinks he can endear himself to the far left this way; other than that, this seems like a strange move for a politician who wishes to be seen as responsible or shed enough of his most-liberal-member-of-the-Senate label to be able to win the general election.