I guess the traditional opinion-brokers really are feeling threatened these days -- how else to explain this hit piece ("Respect Must Be Paid") by David Brooks?
"The Keyboard Kingpin, a k a Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, sits at his computer, fires up his Web site, Daily Kos, and commands his followers, who come across like squadrons of rabid lambs, to unleash their venom on those who stand in the way. And in this way the Kingpin has made himself a mighty force in his own mind, and every knee shall bow."
Brooks greatly overstates the influence Kos wields over other bloggers. He's not totally off base when he writes that Kos "has his relationships and his understandings and his networks and his compromises," as do we all, but I think he's wrong that Kos has "achieved a level of self-importance it took those in the pre-blog political class decades to acquire." As this column shows, the old pros are still very much in that game.