Thursday, November 15, 2007

Newsweek sucker punches the Democratic Party

Republicans have a reason to celebrate tonight: they've pulled off something of a journalistic coup. Earlier this week, Newsweek magazine announced that Markos "Kos" Moulitsas would be contributing a series of opinion pieces about the 2008 presidential campaign. Predictably, conservatives went ballistic at the news of the hiring of this arch-liberal blogger. Don't worry, Newsweek told them, we're going to hire a conservative for "balance." Today, the other shoe dropped: Newsweek's conservative balance to Moulitsas is none other than Karl Rove.

Looks fair on its face, right?

There's just one problem: Moulitsas isn't a Democrat. He's a liberal, yes--a progressive absolutely, but a Democrat? Kos spends a tremendous amount of time and virtual ink at Daily Kos criticizing the Democratic leadership. A special target for Kos has been none other than the front-runner for the Democratic nomination: Hillary Clinton. If Clinton wins the Democratic Party's nomination, Kos--the so-called "liberal" commentator in this equation--would probably spend as much time attacking her as his conservative colleague. Heck, Rove would probably have to ask Kos to moderate his tone.

I don't know of a single Republican candidate for the presidency that has a similar antagonistic relationship with Karl Rove. While Moulitsas is a vocal critic of the Democratic Party, Rove is the putative "architect" of the current Republican Party.

This is "balance"?

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