When Markos Moulitsas accepts the 2006 Drum Major for Justice Award next month in New York City, he'll be doing so on behalf of a massive network of committed activists who are changing progressive politics day by day, post by post, link by link, comment by comment.
On June 22, the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, a progressive think tank on whose board I'm privileged to sit, will honor Markos and Anna Burger (Change to Win Labor Federation) for their commitment to American principles of government, activism, and democracy. To put it bluntly, DailyKos has long been an inspiration on the left - it's inspired legions of progressive bloggers to stop whining, pick up their keyboards, and create a movement. Indeed, DMI's own thriving policy blog - DMIBlog - is a direct response to the political activism of DailyKos.
So Kos deserves the honor, and he and the NetRoots movement he's helped to breathe life into deserve the support of progressive bloggers. To that end, we've started putting together a committee of bloggers to honor Markos. I'm pleased to say that the co-chairs of this blogging committee are a quartet of incredibly prominent, scarily committed, and genetically prolific bloggers: Jane Hamsher of FireDogLake, Steve Gilliard of The News Blog, Lance Mannion, and Ezra Klein. That's an all-star group representing thousands of daily words and many thousands of daily readers.
Bloggers - Want to join 'em? Go here to find out more.
There's a piece by Philadelphia's Tom Krattenmaker about Christian leader (and best selling author) Rick Warren in today's edition of USA Today. I particularly appreciated this statement:
Warren in recent years has avoided being painted into political corners. He says, perhaps too glibly, that he's not for the right wing, or the left wing, but for "the whole bird."
If that is the case, I'm afraid he's lost my faith in the honesty of that statement with his involvement in this turkey of a project. How very disappointed I am. He surely hasn't captured my "whole bird."