Hippie-punching and its discontents
The number one item on Memeorandum right now—hotly discussed on lefty and righty blogs alike—is Susie Madrak’s confrontation with top Obama advisor David Axelrod yesterday during a liberal blogger conference call:
Madrak directly asked Axelrod: “Have you ever heard of hippie punching?” That prompted a long silence from Axelrod.
“You want us to help you, the first thing I would suggest is enough of the hippie punching,” Madrak added. “We’re the girl you’ll take under the bleachers but you won’t be seen with in the light of day.”
The reaction on most liberal blogs was, “Yeah! She sure told him!” Righty blogs welcomed it as a sign that the Dems are in disarray going into the midterm elections. My favorite reaction came from Lawnguylander in response to a “you-go-girl” post at Booman Tribune:
No, I don’t gotta love Susie Madrak
Except as a comic foil. She gets a chance to speak to David Axelrod and what does she do? She decides to make herself the story, talks to him in blogspeak and throws a weird sexual metaphor in for good measure. It would have been better if she just yelled out, “I like pie!” or “all your base are belong to me.” Does her type talk to anyone besides other bloggers or blog commenters? If I hadn’t already concluded that a good percentage of lefty bloggers are self referential, ego-based life forms and politically useless (except as opposition) I’d be embarrassed by her right now. And so what if Axelrod came back at her? Where they fucked up is by including the likes of her on the call in the first place. I assume that more than Susie Madrak’s feelings was discussed on the call but from Greg Sargent’s article and from Memeorandum you’d never know it. Does anyone know what other topics were covered?
Madrak’s own take on the incident was that it’s NOT about her feelings:
Basically, after Axelrod told us how wonderful we were and how much they needed us to close the enthusiasm gap in this election, I called him on it. Like, yo Dave, here we are, liberal activists who give money and GOTV, and the White House needs to punch us in public so no one thinks they take us seriously?
And then he said, like, your feelings don’t really amount to a hill of beans in this crazy mixed-up world when we’re TRYING TO SAVE THE COUNTRY, and then I said excuse ME, we’re not talking about my feelings here, how am I supposed to motivate my readers when you treat them like the town ho?
Motivate her readers? By constantly telling them what a corporate sell-out rat-bastard Obama is? Who exactly is punching whom here?
Gah. This is the kind of crap that makes me want to unplug my router and toss it out the goddamned window.
For the record, Axelrod is right about the administration trying to save the country: The corporate sell-out rat-bastards are all that stand between us and the Koch Bros-funded Glenn Beck zombies and their agenda of forced pregnancy, workhouses for the poor and bombing Iran to hasten the return of Blue-Eyed Jeebus.
If that sounds like I’m positing a lesser of two evils scenario, that’s because I am. Do grown-ups really need to be told that this is how it works?