While many at MyDD rail against Daily Kos as the “Great Orange Satan,” one has to wonder how MyDD is any better. The vile posts at MyDD (echoed at other so-called progressive blogs such as TalkLeft, Taylor Marsh and NoQuarter) spew the kind of venom and hatred one usually finds at the worst of the loony rightwing blogs.
I can understand some bitterness at having a favored candidate appear to be increasingly on the verge of losing the race—that is a normal part of every hotly-contested presidential primary—but the bitterness on display at MyDD is in a class by itself.
The demonizing of every elected Democrat who has endorsed Obama and the suggestions that Obama is a racist or is a Manchurian candidate for black power or racist puppetmasters marks those writers as seriously delusional and filled with hate.
No, you are not a Democrat if you make those kinds of off-the-wall accusations against good Democrats. You have become an unhinged fanatic.
A small handful of B to C-list lefty blogs have been pointing out the creeping racist douchebaggery from allegedly lib/Dem blogs “supporting” Hillary, but so far (correct me if I’m wrong) no A list bloggers have spotlighted this sick new trend. It’s good news, at the very least, that this MyDD diary (and its message) is getting the attention it deserves. Now it would be great if someone on par with Digby, Kevin Drum or Glenn Greenwald (just to name a few) took a stand on this as well.
Very busy today. I hope to write more on this later.
Ouch, this one’s going to leave a mark. Finally, someone looks into Marsh’s overinflated bio (including her oft-repeated claim that she’s a radio talk show host) and the results aren’t pretty. Let’s see how she handles the fine-tooth comb treatment.
Dedicated to the Democratic Elite: “I’m not ready to make nice. I’m not ready to back down. I’m still mad as hell and I don’t have time to go round and round and round. It’s (NOT) to late to make it right….Cause I’m mad as hell Can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should. I know you said Can’t I just get over it…....”
With thanks to the Dixie Chicks “I’m not ready to make nice” and I refuse to “Shut up and Sing” or get over it.
The Digg reply:
I hate to break it to you, but Natalie Maines is supporting Obama:
Vote for our super swell buddy George Hakkila (aka Ham Steak) in the MySpace Band Friends contest at WFMU (aka the coolest radio station in New Jersey). He’s currently in a tight race for first place with a band from Krakow, Poland (that’s right, fucking Poland) and as a blue collar, lunch-bucket gal who loves America as much as Taylor Marsh loves make-believe radio careers, I will not stand for this outrage. Vote now (5th song down).
The word “squeeb” is a crude mix of squid and dweeb, and by inventing it I mean no disrespect to the squid, which in most respects is an excellent and admirable animal. In the ocean there’s almost nothing you’d rather be than a squid, one of nature’s most perfect predators — fast, resilient, ruthless, more intelligent by leaps and bounds than your average fish, and able to squeeze into impossibly tiny cracks. In the ocean, there is no hiding from a squid, I tell you.
But on land, a squid is about as useless as it gets. It’s a spineless, squishy little hunk of seafood that wouldn’t stand a chance in a cage match with a baby squirrel. It has no heart, and its first instinct when trouble comes is to hide in a cloud of its own excretions. This is why a squiddy word like squeeb seems to me to be a good way to describe the American voter during a presidential election season.
That’s especially true now, during a “controversy” like this latest flap over Barack Obama pastor Jeremiah Wright. This Wright business is a perfect example of the American electorate at its squeeby worst — panicky, gutless, acting more on reflex than thought, incapable of retaining information for more than a few minutes at a time. It’s also a great example of how the presidential election process has become more about enforcing the attitudes of a cultural orthodoxy than a system for choosing leaders. Through scandal after idiotic scandal, the election process has become a painfully prolonged, deeply irritating exercise in policing conventional wisdom, through a variety of means keeping the public in a state of heightened, dumb animal panic, and ultimately turning the election itself into a Darwinian contest — survival of the Squeebiest.
I am giving Hillary a sincere pat on the back for this:
Clinton was asked by a questioner in the audience here what she would tell frustrated Democrats who might consider voting for McCain in the general election out of spite.
“Please think through this decision,” Clinton said, laughing and emphasizing the word “please.”
“It is not a wise decision for yourself or your country.”
The crowd applauded loudly.
A Gallup poll released this week indicated that 28 percent of Clinton\‘s supporters would back McCain should the New York senator lose her quest for the Democratic nomination.
That compares to the 19 percent of Obama supporters who say they will favor McCain should Clinton be the party’s nominee.
“First of all, every time you have a vigorous contest like we are having in this primary election people get intense,” she continued. “You know, Sen. Obama has intense support. I have intense support.”
Clinton stressed that there are “significant” differences between her and Obama, but said “those differences pale to the differences between us and Sen. McCain.”
“I intend to do everything I can to make sure we have a unified Democratic party,” she said. “When this contest is over and we have a nominee, we’re going to close ranks, we’re going to be united.”
Everyone knows Hillary and her campaign lost the big daddy of the leftosphere a while ago (Kos), but there have been quite a few respected, high traffic veteran bloggers who have remained fence-sitters during this primary season. Over the last few days, several of them fell off and they didn’t tumble onto HillCo’s crabgrass and horsehit shit infested lawn. The list includes Duncan Black (aka Atrios), Kevin Drum, and TBogg. In addition, The Atlantic Monthly‘s James Fallows, one of my favorite journalists ever, felt the need to dial in his disgust with the Clinton campaign from China on his blog.
The pathetic wingnut-like antics of Hillary, her campaign staff and her more rabid supporters (I’ve documented plenty of them here) have reached a Scaife-fueled tipping point in the blogosphere and I don’t think there’s any turning back.
Now let’s turn our attention to a few fine bloggers who don’t get the attention they deserve.
Blatant racism and white supremacy has no place on any leftwing blog. None whatsoever. Earlier last week, a group email conversation between leftwing bloggers was launched to try and quell the infighting between Hillary and Obama supporters, to try and reach a truce. For my part, I said that I wouldn’t be able to stay quiet if some of the extreme Hillary supporters used racism and comparisons to Hitler against Obama, because that’s just over the line—and if the same actions were committed against Hillary by an Obama supporter, then I’d take those bloggers to the woodshed, too.
Well, as far as I’m concerned, the truce is dead. Long live its brief existence.
If SusanUnPC had any sense of humiliation, she would apologize for spreading the worst form of racism and retire from blogging. And if Larry Johnson had any honor, he would have booted her from posting on his blog a long time ago. But these Hillary supporters have no scruples. And I don’t want to make any blanket statements against Hillary’s other supporters, most of whom I’m sure aren’t completely insane, but let me just say that when you sleep with the dogs, you wake up with fleas. SusanUnPC and the rest of No Quarter is a flea-infested Great Dane, and it’s time for everyone—no matter what candidate you support—to admonish them; to boot them from discourse in the blogosphere. They no longer deserve to be here.
You’ve probably seen the letter that was sent to Nancy Peslosi, by now. I’ll be honest, it pissed me off. I know that Hillary’s supporters have worked hard to push her to the top in this Primary and I respect that. But, as a local campaign coordinator and a local candidate, myself, I know how hard it is to gain support and earn votes. And Hillary’s recent behavior is a slap in the face to all the Democratic candidates at every level downstream from her.
I could highlight all of the outraged posts I’m stumbling upon all day (and night), but I’d need a few interns (any takers?) and a new hosting plan to help me push all of the tetrabytes out into the ether.
SIDE NOTE: Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be introducing Obama before he delivers a speech on the economy today in Manhattan. Smells like an endorsement to me. Look for Taylor Marsh to be sifting through Bloomberg’s garbage by end of day and for him to be tagged as an anti-Semite by Hillshills within hours.