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This week we got great news that Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell has a higher negative rating than he has positive.  

While only one man has officially announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination to take on Mitch, three others are seriously considering taking on the task.  Former Attorney General Greg Stumbo was the first to launch an exploratory committee, Andrew Horne (draft, info) has been making preparations to do so too, and recently re-elected State Auditor Crit Luallen has been in talks with Chuck Schumer about running.

But apparently only one of these candidates matters, as Markos has already made up his mind to support Crit. At the end of kos' story on the new poll numbers he succinctly decrees:

On the web:
Draft Crit Luallen

Game. Set. Match.  The primary may be 4 months away, and none of the top three candidates have even officially announced yet, but to hell with the democratic process.  Our leader has spoken.

Now don't get me wrong, we all have our opinions, and Markos is certainly entitled to his. If he wants to endorse Luallen and editorialize about why she makes the best candidate, that's fine by me.  But that's not the case here -- kos is bypassing all discussion and dictating to his readers who they should support. And not merely by decree, but via an Orwellian filtering of the news through his omission that there are two other very serious candidates for this race.  While we all owe him a great deal of gratitude for bringing us this website, I don't think any of us as readers has bequeathed unto him the power decide for us who we should support.  My gosh, what would happen if all of you  were to sign the draft petitions and/or contribute to exploratory committees? We might actually, you know, get a netroots-endorsed candidate who is supported by the netroots!  Mercy!  Best to just let it come from the top - I mean that works so well with trickle-down economics, doesn't it?

And kos wasn't alone.  Over at MyDD, Jonathan Singer made a nearly identical pronouncement.

RDemocrat touched on this subject yesterday in making the case for a Stumbo candidacy, but Matt Gunterman over at Ditch Mitch said it best:

This race is for Kentucky Democrats to decide. The one thing they did achieve (along with whoever is encouraging them to focus solely on Luallen at this stage) is to tick off a lot — and I mean a lot — of Kentucky progressive activists.
/snip

And by offering only implicit disrespect, these national bloggers are doing the budding Kentucky progressive movement no good.

After months and months of reading the front pagers rail against the way traditional media has declared one Presidential candidate "inevitable," our new people-powered (snort!) media has gone and done the exact same thing.

Disclaimer: I am a former staff member of Andrew Horne's 2006 campaign, and am creating one proposal for his 2008 website.

Originally posted to winstnsmth on Thu Nov 22, 2007 at 05:28 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    "If you dig a hole deep enough, you'll get to China. We're there." - D. Kucinich

    by winstnsmth on Thu Nov 22, 2007 at 05:28:44 AM PST

  •  K&R (0+ / 0-)

    "Every goddamn Republican in the country is a traitor." -- Perry Logan.

    by Andy Lewis on Thu Nov 22, 2007 at 06:08:57 AM PST

  •  The "Markos" problem (0+ / 0-)

    I once knew a very large man who observed, upon inadvertantly knocking over a lamp in my house, that it was sometimes difficult for him to maneuver in spaces designed for people of normal size (in fairness, I should say that my house at that time was kind of, um, compact).

    This guy was not inordinately clumsy or unaware of his surroundings, he was just really big. For him to operate in an environment scaled to people of normal size would have required him to be extraordinarily graceful and hyper-aware of his surroundings. Which, to a degree, he actually was (he was an athlete and a musician), but he still knocked over the occasional lamp.

    Without knowing any of the inside details, I think there could be a parallel with the Markos/KY-Sen situation here. The rest of us are relatively free to talk first and think later, with little consequence other than some personal embarassment. If Markos does the same thing, he knocks over lamps 20 states away.

    I describe the "Markos" problem this way-- how does a regular guy deal with fame and influence that has been thrust upon him, without taking on the jerk-like qualities of the famous and influential people who are motivated by vanity and ambition.

    One way to deal would be to say "I wasn't looking for this, I don't want it, and so I'm walking away from it". This would be pretty understandable, since (as the diary seems to illustrate) a large, powerful person can, just by acting an ways that are normal for the rest of us, indvertantly cause problems for people he doesn't even know and never meant to harm. That can't be a pleasant feeling.

    So far Markos doesn't seem to be doing that, and I'm sure most of us are glad. It is an article of faith for me that when a person realizes that s/he has some kind of power, there is an affirmative obligation to use that power on behalf of the family, the group, the community. This is not self-aggrandizement, it is duty. It is also both a subjectively gratifying experience when the power is used to good effect, and a painful one when something doesn't go quite right.

    I know of no solution to the "Markos" problem, other than for him to redouble his efforts to be more aware of his surroundings. We can help him with that by letting him know when we think he is making a mistake. Heh.

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