Wow. This is unusual. Ed Schultz does something you rarely see, criticize someone from his own network. Ed brings in Markos Moulitsas to respond to Chris Matthews insult of the netroots yesterday where he said we’re not real Democrats and back-seat bitchers. John offered to debate Matthews yesterday. I wonder if we’ll hear anything else from him on this now that Schultz had Moulitsas on. If Matthews wants to lob insults, I’d like to see him try to debate those he was insulting to their faces. I’m not holding my breath though. Good on Ed for giving Markos a chance to respond.
Moulitsas: You know in 2003 after ah–when Bush landed his plane on the aircraft carrier, behind the–spoke in front of the banner that said “mission accomplished”, Chris Matthews had an entire show based on that event where he thought Bush was fantastic and he said “everybody knows that we won the war, except for a few critics”. Well I was one of those few critics. People like me and the netroots were some of those critics and it turns out that we were right and the beltway conventional wisdom was wrong. And once again we’re in a situation where people like Chris Matthews don’t learn from these mistakes. They’re sort of trapped in this bubble and and they think that they know better. The fact is most of the editors on Daily KOS either have worked on campaigns or worked on Hill staff and of my readers, I would venture to say the vast, vast majority knocked on doors, gave money, made phone calls on behalf of campaigns. They worked and they vote and if Chris Matthews is worried about us working and if he thinks that we’re not Democrats, well then he really should be worried because he’s got a thing coming.
Moulitsas: You know ActBlue is an on line clearing house for contributions to Democratic party candidates. In the last four years we have raised $115 million through ActBlue… a $115 million. Now that’s not a bunch of kids in the back seat donating $115 million, at an average donation of about $30. So we’re talking little dollars here and there. There’s a lot of us. We’re engaged. We’re involved and we want a party that represents the American people and a government that represents the American people, not insurance companies, not big business and clearly we’re not quite there yet but we only started this battle a couple of years ago. We’re still fighting.