There's only one problem. Just as with Clinton, every candidate Moulitsas touches turns to dross. First there was Howard Dean, who crumbled almost as quickly as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's house. Then there was antiwar Iraq war veteran Paul Hackett, who ran for Congress in Ohio -- and lost. After that there was Francine Busby, who ran for the open seat in California's 50th district -- and lost. Now there's antiwar Connecticut Senate candidate Ned Lamont, whom Moulitsas predicts will defeat Joe Lieberman in the party primary. He'll lose. And there's Montana's senatorial candidate Jon Tester, whom Moulitsas predicts will beat incumbent Senator Conrad Burns in November. He, too, will probably lose.
There's a reason the candidates Moulitsas backs always lose: He's a loser. The constituency he represents is an angry, radical constituency that is more concerned with being anti-Bush than pro-anything. And if the Democratic Party refuses to go along with Moulitsas' destructive agenda, well, then screw them, too.
The mainstream media holds out hope that Moulitsas and his followers will reinvigorate liberalism. Cox in the Washington Post: "He's the left's own Kurt Cobain and Che Guevara rolled into one, dripping sex appeal for progressives for whom debate has become synonymous with losing, who need a muscular liberal answer to the cowboy swagger adopted by the Bush Administration and its fans."
Moulitsas may indeed be a cross between Cobain and Guevara as far as the Democratic Party goes: He's a thuggish radical revolutionary who may end up blowing away the Democratic Party, shotgun style. Astonishingly, the Democrats continue to grin as Moulitsas pulls the trigger.