The first crucial Thing to Remember is that the Mediocre Orange Hype is a DLC gatekeeper blog, and Moulitsas is in bed with the same band of lying, conniving back-stabbers who promised change in 2006 only to continue the status quo of rubber-stamping virtually everything the shrub and his gang of thugs do as soon as they assumed control of Congress. Because of this, no criticism of Pelosi, Reid, Hoyer, or Emanuel is allowed - nothing over the top or more than tepid, anyway. That's always been the case.
The second Thing to Remember, again, is that the site is a DLC gatekeeper blog, meaning it is blatantly anti-progressive and anti-true liberal. Mention Dennis Kucinich, for example (one of the few principled Democrats in the Legislature), and you're treated to a litany of bile from anti-progressive clique trolls and party enforcers such as DHinMI rbrianj, MBNYC, davybaby, djmiklethun, and a host of others whose assigned task is to disparage him whenever the opportunity arises.
Similarly, mention Ralph Nader in any kind of noncritical manner - that is, post anything that doesn't attack the man personally - and you'll receive similar treatment from the same group of thugs. One Kos Kop even admitted to abusing the troll-rate feature to punish "EVERY pro-Nader comment." Cindy Sheehan, once a favorite propaganda tool of the Mediocre Orange Hype during the 2006 midterm elections, fell out of favor there when she announced her break from the Democrats over the party's betrayals of the anti-war movement in 2007.
The truth so many of us have come to realize is that while we may support genuine progressives, the moneyed higher-ups at you-know-where don't - and they have no problem going to great lengths to suppress dissent from the DLC's "center-leaning electorate" narrative. They do, however, have a problem doing it openly, which is where we come now to Thing to Remember #3: Proxies.
Neither Moulitsas or his band of front-pagers have the gonads to behave reprehensibly toward true progressives on the main page of the web site; they want to maintain a perception in Left Blogsylvania that they are something they're not: members of the progressive movement. Their words and actions belie this front, but again, the key here is perception, not reality. The Kos Hounds serve one purpose, and one purpose only: to do the dirty work so the front-pagers can pretend to remain above the fray.
Notice how the troll-rate feature there is flagrantly abused by the Kos Hounds to suppress dissent and bully lower-tier members into submission. Officially, abuse of the feature gets the abusers punished, but abuse is selectively defined. Most of the lower-tier members are held to a far different standard than the Hounds, who are allowed to get away with such abuse because it helps purge the site of actual progressives whose writing might damage the illusion of a "united party."
To be sure, when such behavior is seen to be a threat to the illusion that the Mediocre Orange Hype is anything but a DLC gatekeeper blog, the occasional Hound may find himself on the receiving end of his comrades' stoning. Such was apparently the case recently with MajorFlaw, who, according to cometman, appears to have crossed a line and as a result, lost some of his power. Make no mistake, however: most of the Kos Hounds operate outside the rules of the site. They are the elite, the stooges, the ones who give the front-pagers the appearance of respectability.
That's what it's all about, friends, enemies, people I don't know, and people I couldn't care less about: respectability. Moulitsas and his goons crave it like a crackhead hungry for his next fix. So desperate are they to be included with the cesspool of D.C. insiders that they will devour the left to get in that oh-so-exclusive club of degenerates.
The problem is that, thanks to the information-spreading wonders of the Internet, Moulitsas and his Hounds can't keep the illusion up. They went too far, too fast, and too hard in purging the site of dissenting voices. They went after the likes of David Swanson, Greg Palast, Larry Johnson, and others who all have their own blogs and other web sites from which to write the truth - even, no, especially when the truth is not favorable to Democrats.
As we go into yet another election in which the Progressive Movement is used, abused, and abandoned by the DLC, it's important to know who the gatekeepers are and how they operate. It's the only way we can begin to overcome the money wall.