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The Daily Kos: A Democratic Clubhouse on the Web

     Listen up: The Daily Kos may be the rising blog among the underdog Democrats in the 2004 campaign–the Instapundit on the left side of the political blogosphere.  But it is more than a forum of partisan comments and links.  “The Daily Kos is a budding movement,” says the man behind the curtain: Markos Moulitsas Zuniga. He is raising money on the blog for the Democratic party–about $20,000 so far.  And he rejoices in the interest that the blog and its treasury have provoked from party chairman Terry McAuliffe.  He sounds more like a pol than a pundit.  To my ear, he wants to be a player even more than his counterpart Glenn Reynolds.  Markos (the Kos in the blog title comes from his nickname in the military) is 32–a decade younger than Instapundit Reynolds, and an equally unlikely arbiter of political opinion.  He calls himself “tri-cultural.”  He was born in Chicago and raised in El Salvador.  His Greek father is one of his three declared heroes–alongside the farmworkers’ Cesar Chavez and Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero of El Salvador, who was assassinated at Mass by a right-wing death squad in 1980.   Markos served three years in the United States Army during the first Gulf War.  He got his law degree at Boston University and now practices technology law in San Francisco.  Blogging is an unpaid sideline.  He meant just to indulge his taste for inside baseball with Democratic junkies.  But the default of commercial journalism–which would rather dish about Kobe Bryant and Arnold Schwartzenegger–has opened up a forum for a broader conversation.  He has fewer than half of Instapundit’s readers but his numbers are growing.  “The left has a more dynamic blog culture,” he observed cheerfully.  The excitement on the Daily Kos‘ comment pages attaches to Howard Dean, but the Kos himself says any Democrat will do next year.  The bloggers have already won, in any event, he claims, by establishing the idea that “if you can’t manage netroots, you can’t win” a campaign.  The California recall campaign is not a leading indicator for 2004, but rather a manifestation of “democracy run amok.”  The Kos will vote against the recall of Governor Davis–and for the elevation, just in case, of Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamente.  Get your political fix by listening here.

{ 36 } Comments

  1. Anonymous | August 31, 2003 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    broader conversation on kos? right…

  2. Anonymous | December 18, 2003 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    This guy is a major asshole who will not tolerate ANY diversity of opinion which exposes his, and liberals in general, as the hypocrites they are.

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  9. ParamjitSidhu | January 27, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    For a blog to raise 20,000 back in 2003, is a fantastic achievement at any scale. Off course the blogs do it more easily now but an effort on that scale in 2003 is appreciable.

  10. P Sidhu | January 27, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    It is interesting to see how blogs have developed. As the author has stated above, blogging seemed to be more like a past time at that point. How things have changed in 8 years.

  11. Free WeightLoss Plan | January 27, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    Interesting to be tri-cultural. Born in Chicago and being raised in El-Salvador and then returning to the US. That gives him a lot of credibility in north and south American cultures. Interesting.

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    Seven years have passed and the daily ko’s is still providing us with quality updates about the politics in our country. Is Markos Zuniga still running this blog?

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    It is fascinating to see in retrospect how blogging has evolved over the years. It has become so competitive in these times. But in those times one had to be passionate to persist.

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  15. The Penthouse | April 5, 2011 at 1:37 am | Permalink

    Yes I agree, Interesting to be tri-cultural. Born in Chicago and being raised in El-Salvador and then returning to the US. That gives him a lot of credibility in north and south American cultures. Interesting.

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    Being tri-cultural means being rich spiritually !!!

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    Off course the blogs do it more easily now but an effort on that scale in 2003 is appreciable.

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    That site, the Daily Kos did become huge. I’m not sure it is a movement, but it is definitely one of the biggest blogs on the net.

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