Do voters understand what that means?
Last week, Legal Insurrection covered the connections of llinois’ 2nd district Democratic candidate Robin Kelly to the Chicago machine, including her connections to far-left progressive organizations.
One of those key organizations is Daily Kos, a progressive community blog that raised over $130,000 for the Kelly campaign. She even gave a shout out to Daily Kos in her acceptance speech.
While many readers at Legal Insurrection are likely very familiar with Daily Kos, and with its controversial founder Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, voters in Illinois’ 2nd district may not be. Given that it’s a district that encompasses areas in which there are many residents who are practicing Christians, Daily Kos seemed a strikingly odd donor mismatch.
It’s a common theme at Daily Kos for diarists — people who write posts at Daily Kos — to refer to Christians using terms like “old white Bible-humpers,“ and “old white people who cling to their Bibles.”
Similarly, many of the Christian-themed posts are also fond of the term “bible thumpers,” such as this one, which maintains that dedicated Christians “have continually shown their total intolerance of many existing in the society and communities around them.”
In keeping with Markos’ nickname for the right that inspired the name of his book American Taliban (a book, by the way, that even many liberals rejected), you’ll also find mention of descriptors such as “Talibangelicals” to define “evangelicals.” In this particular instance, the diarist uses such inflammatory labels while mocking the fact that some Christians are unhappy the word “Easter” is disappearing from some settings and being replaced by phrases like “Spring Eggs” so as not to offend non-Christians.
In a particularly blatant display, a post entitled Why I Hate Christians: Reason# 3,817 demonstrates one diarist’s dissatisfaction with a “churchy” individual s/he encountered, describing the subject’s “theobabble” and expressing disgust over an albeit stupid remark the individual made about perceived vengeance. The title of the post was far more telling than the content of the post itself – I can’t imagine what reasons 1 through 3,816 for this diarist’s hatred of Christians must look like.
Yet another diarist at Daily Kos opined that all the competing religions coalesced in the last election to become “religious power brokers [that] waged a war on women’s rights and health.” He stated, with self-proclaimed authority because of his own personal “recovery” from prior religious beliefs, that “Christianity is a shame based religion (all have sinned) seeking to control people much like a domestic abuser controls their victim by belittling them and making them feel unworthy.”
I’m guessing that voters in Illinois’ second district who dare to practice any religion probably wouldn’t appreciate being compared to a domestic abuser.
And then there are the posts at Daily Kos that malign Christians in more subtle ways, such as this one, which draws parallels between Christians and Nazis and fascists; or this one, which implies that our military personnel employ an extra special brand of Christian zealotry that somehow harasses non-Christians.
Markos himself has also had his own share of controversy. The site was a vehicle through which to post coverage of Howard Dean while Markos was a paid consultant to Dean’s presidential campaign in 2003.
And in 2004, Markos caused an uproar when he made his infamous “screw them” statement about our troops in Iraq:
“Let the people see what war is like. This isn’t an Xbox game. There are real repercussions to Bush’s folly. That said, I feel nothing over the death of merceneries [sic]. They aren’t in Iraq because of orders, or because they are there trying to help the people make Iraq a better place. They are there to wage war for profit. Screw them.”
In 2010, he was “blacklisted” from MSNBC for his public Twitter rant directed at Joe Scarborough, an MSNBC host, in which Markos (wrongly) implied that Scarborough had something to do with the death of an intern.
Then again, what more could anyone expect from a blog that calls Senator Ted Cruz a “pool boy” and encourages giving the Senator “enough rope and a tree” for a presumed self-lynching, while fear-mongering about a “totalitarian Christian theocracy” take-over of the U.S. government?
As the April 9th date of the special election in Illinois approaches, it remains to be seen how voters in the 2nd district will react to Kelly’s association to such groups and to her established connections to the political machine.
In the meantime, one wonders – when Robin Kelly gave her shout out to Daily Kos, did she know about its rhetoric, and did she agree?DONATE
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