Barnett ended his piece with this observation:
The Kossacks seem to believe that if they could just be heard by the entire country, the Democratic party's losing streak would come to an end.
And Custer probably thought that if he could just get the Indians to come out and fight him at Little Big Horn . . .
Gilliard begins his response like this:
First, if Custer had used his weapons properly and not walked into a trap, then he would have won Little Big Horn. . . .
You couldn't make this up!
But the really instructive core of Gilliard's post is that he seems to want the Daily Kos and the Democratic party to aspire to Ann Coulter, Free Republic, and Jonah Goldberg stature.
Nothing wrong with those three, of course, but if I was the political out-party, I'd want to aspire to something that had a little more to do with actual governance and electoral victory.
Either Steve Gilliard is only concerned with carving out a media niche from which he can make a decent buck (hey, nothing wrong with that!), or he's confusing the path to minor media celebrity with shrewd electoral politics. Either way, this doesn't auger well for a Kos-led Democratic party.