Right Wing Nut House



Filed under: Politics — Rick Moran @ 2:40 pm

Watching as Jane Hamsher of Firedoglake gets raked over the coals by conservatives for her jaw dropping portrayal of Senator Lieberman in blackface over at HuffPo, I couldn’t help but have a twinge of sympathy for her.

Not because I care that conservatives are being really, really nasty towards the bitch. She deserves every mean thing said about her and then some. She’s a female version of Glenn Greenwald, Dave Niewert, and Billmon all rolled up into a disgusting Rouladen of snark, snippiness, and snobbishness so disturbingly vile that after reading her hysterical rants against righties, you feel compelled to decontaminate your laptop in order to prevent the spread of some flesh crawling contagion.

My sympathy for Mrs. Hamster lies with the fact that being a liberal is such a challenge to rational thought that only a select breed of human is capable of the feat. Think about it for a minute. How many aggrieved races, classes, ethnic groups, sexual orientations, oppressed minorities, mentally challenged, physically challenged,, weight challenged, sexually repressed, sexually aberrant people does a liberal have to keep track of so that when trying to be funny they don’t step on anyone’s toes?

It must be like living life in a minefield. One misstep and BOOM! All of a sudden, you’re an internet verb.

Can you imagine the thought processes a liberal has to go through in order to try and be funny? I mean, do you think they have a list of forbidden words tattooed on the inside of their thighs so that they remember not to use gay” when talking about people who are simply happy? Or “niggardly” to describe miserly behavior?

Perhaps this is why most liberal bloggers are so deadly serious. It’s the only way they can be truly amusing. When Glenn Greenwald accuses conservatives of being incipient authoritarians or when Dave Niewert posits prestidigitation as a reason that conservatives sound like neo-Nazis, we should remember that these are considered real knee slappers by liberals and not to take either these gentlemen or their ideas with any seriousness whatsoever.

Of course, there are other things that makes a liberals life a living hell. Keeping up with the latest in grievance group news must be a pain in the butt. Scouring the papers daily for that telltale whine from some newly oppressed sub-sub group of an already oppressed minority can be a real chore. But Gaia’s chosen ones must put their all into the effort to bring the sub-sub group’s grievance to light. There are meetings to organize, T-Shirts to be printed, editorials to be written, blogbursts, blegs, and blab-fests to be highlighted.

And then there’s that trip to the tattoo parlor to get another word etched on the inside of their thigh, one more sub-sub group they can’t afford to injure by using some offending nomenclature while trying to be amusing.

The picture of Lieberman in blackface will not injure the reputation of Mrs. Hamster. After all, no one seriously believes that she has a racist bone in her body. But what truly might become a cause celebre is her candidate’s eyebrow raising response to the imbroglio:

“I don’t know anything about the blogs, I’m not responsible for those, I have no comment on ‘em…Independent blogs, I can’t say anything about it.”

Huh? Malkin explains:

As I pointed out yesterday, Jane Hamsher is more than a mere “independent” blogger sitting on the Lamont campaign sidelines. She filmed Lamont’s first videoblog. She chauffeured Lamont and his staff. She raised money for him. She’s still on his blogroll. And despite Lamont’s claim that he doesn’t control blogs and Hamsher’s claim that she “answers to nobody,” he told her to pull the blackface Photoshop yesterday–and she dutifully complied.

And this was Hamster’s statement from yesterday:

I sincerely apologize to anyone who was genuinely offended by the choice of images accompanying my blog post today on the Huffington Post. It’s also important to note that I do not, nor have I ever worked for Ned Lamont’s campaign. However, at their request, I removed the image earlier today.

“Pay no attention to that girl behind the curtain…”

Ned Lamont was cruising to a huge victory in the Democratic primary next Tuesday over Lieberman. He may yet win. But his disingenuous response when asked about his…what is Mrs. Hamster to Lamont’s campaign? Personal confidante? Blog Guru? Lapdog? Whatever role she fills in actuality, it is clear that in her own mind, Mrs. Hamster was a mover and shaker inside Little Neddy’s campaign. And for Lamont to disavow any knowledge of or connection to Jane Hamsher is a shocking mistake that almost surely will cost him some votes - but probably not the election. That said, Lieberman’s independent campaign for the seat got a huge boost with this idiocy.

And who knows? We’re only on day two of this little kerfluffle. If the local media latches on and starts to chew, anything is possible. And if it costs Lamont the primary, it will be a blow to the already non-credible netnuts whose track record in elections is surpassed in futility only by that of the Cubs and their efforts to get to the World Series.

Makes me glad I’m not a liberal. It’s just too much work to prove how ignorant and stupid you are.


  1. Oh you had to bring the Cubs into the mix. They’ll win the Series . . . before there is no baseball.

    Comment by Chad Evans — 8/3/2006 @ 3:12 pm

  2. Chad:

    There is no doubt in my mind that most baseball fans who are liberals support the Cubs while Sox fans are definitely conservatives.

    It’s the difference between the reality based community and reality itself.

    Comment by Rick Moran — 8/3/2006 @ 3:15 pm

  3. Read a satirical critique of the battle being waged amongst Democrats in the Lieberman v. Lamont Senate race coined “The Hatfield’s & McCoy’s”…here:


    Comment by Daniel DiRito — 8/3/2006 @ 3:46 pm

  4. Hey there. Just discovered your site. Big reader of PW myself. I saw you mention “Bilmon”… a few years back I wandered in there expecting to have conversations with open minded individuals. I’ve still got the page bookmarked where I was ganged up on by all manner of vile, unreasonable or condescending gas bags of post modernism and relativism.

    I’ve bookmarked your blog and will continue to read you with interest.


    Comment by Vladimir — 8/3/2006 @ 9:25 pm

  5. “non-credible netnuts whose track record in elections is surpassed in futility only by that of the Cubs and their efforts to get to the World Series.”—-please see below.

    Most recenty Survey USA poll; South Dakota House Race: Congresswomen Herseth (D)60%; Whalen (R) 26%.

    Herseth was the first netroots canidate. Congressman Ben Chandler in Ky was the second .

    Comment by md — 8/4/2006 @ 1:50 am

  6. Rick, I am SHOCKERD! SHOCKED! I say! How insesitive can you be? You can’t go around painting some folks with the broad brush of a liberal label. That’s just plain whitewashing (we can still beat on the white folks)!

    What makes you think you know that Hamster is a liberal? Where are your sources? Don’t you know that being called a liberal is simply conservative codeword for communist? She may be a “progressive”.

    Such shoddy research. /sarc

    Comment by P. Aaron — 8/4/2006 @ 7:48 am

  7. Well md’s post sure showed you Rick. I guess the nutters are now mainstream (A SD house race is surely telling!) and we should expect them to be sweeping the country (series?) in November. Boy if KOS would just pick every Dem candidate they could certainly win EVERY House seat!

    Comment by Robert — 8/5/2006 @ 4:24 am

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