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Friday, April 07, 2006

Markos on the Colbert Report

You may have seen Markos Moulitsas on the Colbert Report last evening. I watched the show and enjoyed it immensely. Markos and Stephen managed to exchange a lot of playful banter while also getting to the core themes in Crashing the Gate.

Colbert asked some pretty good questions. One of his first was, "What is this gate and why are you crashing it?" I liked that question because a lot of people who aren't regular readers of Kos, MyDD, and other progressive blogs may not understand what this "netroots" phenomenon is about. Many people don't understand that the Democratic Party needs to be rescued from the D.C. establishment that currently has too much control of it.

Colbert can be tough - in fact, he can be brutal, as he was to Congresswoman Darlene Hooley (of Oregon's 5th District) earlier in the show. But Markos kept his cool and made a few great jests of his own. Maybe he felt nervous but I think he conveyed the themes he wanted. It really was a thrill seeing a graphic of Crashing the Gate up on the TV screen.

Markos and Jerome are in the Pacific Northwest this weekend as part of their nationwide Crashing the Gate tour. All of us at NPI are delighted they're here and hope you'll join us in welcoming them to the great states of Washington and Oregon.

A reminder that later today Markos and Jerome will be on 710 KIRO's The Dave Ross Show, and they'll be at the Labor Temple at 7 PM. The following day, they're over on the Eastside at Redmond's Marymoor Park. Find out more in our special coverage section here.

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