#40 MARKOS MOULITSAS
Founder and Publisher of Daily Kos
As the founder of the influential left-wing DailyKos blog, Markos Moulitsas' -- or "Kos" -- apparent raison d'?tre is to drag the Democratic Party farther to the Left while installing a vituperative brand of scorched-earth politics as the new American normal. He's made significant progress on both fronts.
Kos' ever-hovering threat of "primarying" insufficiently liberal politicians engenders a certain paranoia among many elected Democrats, legions of whom trek to his annual Netroots Nation conference to genuflect before the altar of Leftism.
In 2004, following the brutal murders of four U.S. contractors in Fallujah, Kos reacted bitterly: "Screw them," he blogged. While such an odious comment would likely kill a conservative's career, DailyKos' traffic and clout have expanded ever since, as dozens of prominent legislators and commentators regularly line up to contribute to the site.
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