22 December 2005
He's an Asshole and Proud of It
Markos "Screw 'em" Zuniga is profiled in a Washington Monthly article. Decision '08 picks out the highlights and lowlights. The worst part is that he feels vindicated by his screw 'em comment.
And sometimes infantile and absurd. The site in recent months has become to seem like the site of some arcane political Thermidor with puzzled liberals being endlessly impaled upon pikes. In June 2003, after television cameras caught a cheering, thousand-strong mob in Fallujah dragging the charred, dismembered bodies of American contractors through the streets, Moulitsas linked to the reports and said of the contractors: "I feel nothing... Screw them." The declaration, gleefully seized on by right-wing bloggers, provoked weeks of controversy. Democratic candidates came under pressure to pull their advertisements from the site, and even Moulitsas's traditional allies in the liberal blogosphere--including The Washington Monthly's Kevin Drum--criticized him. (When I asked Moulitsas recently how he felt about the episode, his mouth stretched into a smile: "Vindicated," he said...)Not sure how he thinks he's been vindicated. That line was a sign of malice. Check out the article to see what a charming fellow Kos is.