Something semi-political for your Thursday morning. I found this to be terribly amusing.
Journalist Joe Klein is an outspoken Democrat, a critic of the Bush Administration and the war, and classically liberal. As such, you'd expect that I disagree with most, if not all, of his perspectives. And you'd be right.
Recently, Klein wrote a Time editorial about the vicious outpouring of bile that is the liberal political blogosphere. He describes how if you don't push the envelope of extreme rhetoric, your status as a "true believer" is instantly attacked. (He then makes the hilarious attempt to blame Rush Limbaugh for that, as a sort of bombastic "First Cause.")
In a recent "Huffington Post" dispatch, he tries to justify to the left-leaning swamp of readers that his recent remarks regarding the difference between fair-minded "liberals" and radical "leftists" were misquoted. The response, in the nine pages of often-profanity-laced comments, was overwhelmingly furious. Most, if not all, accused him in some way of being part of the "Republithug machine."
Uh, Joe? I believe the word you're looking for is "Q. E. D."
[Here's a fun drinking game, for those of you that imbibe: Take a shot--shoot, take a swig of your favorite brew--every time you read the words "Rove," "Chimpy," "propaganda," or "military industrial complex." If you can make it past page 2 of 9, I'd be totally impressed.]