Kossaks Will Wield Real Power in '08

National Review writer oozes respect for Daily Kos
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2007 7:00 PM CDT
%u201CQuite frankly...We ARE building a Vast Left Wing Conspiracy" wrote Moulitsas' of his online community DailyKos, in 2005. "...to rival the $300 million conservatives spend on theirs every year."    (Wikimedia Commons)
camera-icon View 7 more images

(Newser) – As Daily Kos opens its second annual YearlyKos convention in Chicago today,
National Review’s Byron York takes stock of the Kossacks' accomplishments since he
dubbed them the "Vast Left Wing Conspiracy" in his book two years ago. Then, they had the power to shake up the Democratic Party but not to elect a president. Now, he says, they do.

Markos Moulitsas and his netroots loyalists built a structure that would be poised to take advantage of errors of the enemy, he says. And the GOP has handed them mother of all errors: the War in Iraq. All the foundation-building Moulitsas and friends have been doing is paying off, he argues, and could well prove the cornerstone of a Democratic victory. Which is why all the major candidates are heading to Chicago to pay their respects.