My Left Nutmeg is reporting that Markos Moulitsas Zuniga of Daily Kos will be appearing with Ned Lamont in a TV advertisement.
Getting beyond the question of what, exactly, this sort of joint appearance would do for Lamont (or do to Lamont), it's worth probing the connection between the Lamont campaign and what it arguably the nation's most popular blog.
It's no secret that Kos isn't a fan of Lieberman. Here are a few quotes, if you haven't been following (these are all taken from DailyKos stories written by Kos over the last few years):
Fact is, Lieberman, the DLC, and the so-called-liberal TNR are tools of the GOP. Whether they intended to or not, they are now typecast as the intra-party bomb throwers. (from DLC, the GOP's best friend 4/13/05)
What is important is partisanship. The most conservative Dem can make an impassioned plea on behalf of the Democratic Party that doesn't sound like Republican-lite.
Appeasement cuts across ideological lines. Sure, we have Zell Miller on the party's right, but Joe Lieberman has a progressive record, moderate at worst. And he has completely crossed the line into appeasement territory. Zell just wants to be a Republican, but there are plenty of true Democrats (I assume Lieberman, given his record, is still one of them) who are simply afraid and timid. (from Partisanship over ideology 5/11/04)
Biden bites his tongue and refuses to criticize Dean. Lieberman jumps at the bit. Biden is rewarded with a piece that is essentially about him, all the way through (and the dilemma foreign policy hawks face in the Democratic Party). Lieberman's entire role and purpose in the piece is to take shots at other Democrats.
Like I've been saying, Lieberman (like the DLC) has been typecast. (from Lieberman vs. Democrats 3/17/05)
Lieberman voted for cloture on the bankruptcy bill.
It's so nice of Lieberman to give further ammunition to fuel the recruitment and funding of his increasingly inevitable primary opponent. (from Lieberman 3/9/05)
It is a good development, though I don't doubt the DLC will continue undermining the Democratic Party. Remember -- they've been typecast. They, like Joe Lieberman, are the Democrats reporters call when they're looking for a Democrat to criticize another Democrat. (from DLC sells out 5/31/05)
And so on. He has never been particularly afraid to bash Lieberman, and I've found numerous references to Lieberman as "Bush's favorite Democrat" (here and here, to name a few) and Lieberman as a "Fox News Democrat," etc. This is actually pretty moderate stuff compared with the reaction Lieberman provokes in the comments of the site.
The seed of Lamont's campaign was planted at Daily Kos, if you recall. Moulitsas (there's been an odd inconsistency in the media as to which of his names to refer to him by) and the denizens of Daily Kos jumped on the Lamont bandwagon early, helping him to raise a not insignificant amount of money this past quarter. Lamont also appeared at an April party in Los Angeles celebrating the release of Crashing the Gate, Moulitsas's book about reforming the Democratic Party. Lamont's candidacy has been promoted on the front page of Daily Kos countless times: Lamont was mentioned by Kos himself 32 times in front page stories, and he's appeared 65 times total. Almost all of that coverage has been positive, while coverage of Joe Lieberman has been, from 2003 on, relentlessly negative. A entire wing of the Democratic Party has been mobilized to anger about our junior senator, due in part (and possibly for the most part) to Daily Kos.
So having Kos in a Lamont commercial is a pretty natural fit, right? It's fair to say that the Lamont campaign wouldn't be nearly as threatening to Joe Lieberman as it is today without Markos Moulitsas Zuniga. The connection runs deep, and both Daily Kos and the Lamont campaign have a vast pool of supporters and followers in common.
So why does this still feel like a bad idea?