It’s relatively rare for the DailyKos website to attack an anti-war Democrat. But Kos goes out of his way to take a shot at Mayor Menino today. “Menino is a moron (always was), overreacts, and it’s the fault of someone else?” writes Kos, who, by-the-way, leaves progressive darling Deval Patrick out of his post.
Let me just say this about the Netroots, in general, and Kos, in particular. As a marketer, webmaster, political activist, Marcos is without equal. He figured out how to get the most out of a new medium and everyone recognizes it.
Readers of this site know that I defended Joe Lieberman, the object of scorn of Kos and others. But I must say the Netroots anger at this pro-war hawk was so much more credible than their instinctive dislike of Mayor Menino.
While these guys have been going online and having lattes for years, the mayor has been out there helping people. He’s built housing across the city and helped reconstruct Grove Hall. He spends his time in the neighborhoods, with the old-school, grassroots, activists who make the city better one block at a time.
Menino’s work is not sexy. It consists of hour, after sometimes monotonous, hour, of community meetings, ribbon cuttings, school visits. He walks the streets for the homeless survey every December and goes out to Bowdoin Street to reassure neighborhood residents.
While the Mayor was fighting to protect the citizens of Boston prior to the 2004 Democratic Convention, preserving funds to be used for schools, roads and crime-fighting, DailyKos and the rest of the netroots were MIA. If they weighed in at all, it was to give John Kerry cover in his cowardly decision to cave to the police union.
Neither DailyKos nor anybody else was interested in how the BPPA created a political trap for the Democrats, one that resulted in John Kerry missing a chance to address the United States Mayors Conference in June 2004. Maybe it wasn’t important that Kerry go and bring his urban agenda to the mayors of Cleveland, Cincinatti and Akron. It’s not like mayors in a key swing state can help get people out to vote in a hotly contested political election. No. Back then the focus was on the mayor and his “stubborness”. Kerry vacated, and Mitt Romney stepped in to fill his place.
Kos and company don’t like the Mayor because he’s a traditional Democrat, one who actually believes it’s part of his job to help people who actually need help.
It’s not popular on the web, and, sure I’m biased. But I’m proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with my Mayor.