Literally hot off the presses and not in an orange format, Markos Moulitsas of the famed DailyKos has penned his first Newsweek article. This will be the first of many as he goes up against the infamous Karl Rove. "Kos" pulled no punches today (as he always does on the blog) and went after everyone on Iraq, Bush, the Democratic Senate and the House of Representatives. Markos knows that Americans aren't fools and he isn't buying the Congressional crap either.
For a party that won historic gains in 2006, the Democrats have proven surprisingly reluctant to deliver on their chief campaign promise: forcing George Bush and his Republican Party to change course on their disastrous war in Iraq.
Anti-war sentiment among the American people is now approaching 70 percent, but Congress has proved incapable of action. Twice now, the Democratic-controlled House and Senate have caved on Iraq funding bills, giving the unpopular Bush everything he has demanded. Now the Democrats are reportedly ready to tackle this Sisyphean task once again tomorrow, when they consider a fresh $50 billion for Bush's wars.
Nevada's Harry Reid claims the Senate bill will establish a December 2008 "goal" for the end of combat operations. If Bush vetoes, the Senate majority leader says, "then the president won't get his $50 billion." The words sound tough, but we've heard them before.
One thing I do miss are the links. These clickable words in the article are a traditional media tool that only show Newsweek's archives on the person or place mentioned. It is better than nothing I guess, but the links in the blogosphere are far superior.
Besides that, Markos hits hard in his introduction to Newsweek. He is holding Bush, Pelosi and Reid accountable for their actions. Especially so for Reid and Pelosi who vowed to change the tune of Congress. The only sound that has changed so far is one of Republican compliance to Democratic kowtowing. Our Democratic leaders have been pitiful thus far, and now they need to back up their tough talk with hard action.