Two Minutes Hate

Things that are pissing me off today:

  • Politico posted a piece, I kid you not, speculating on whether or not Joe Biden has hair plugs. No, really. 500 words on the subject. What’s really sad is that Avi Zenilman is an ace reporter (see this) who deserves better assignments than this (and something tells me he didn’t ask for this one).
  • Sean Wilentz is apparently a PUMA. Or, at least, one would be hard-pressed to read his current story in Newsweek as expressing anything other than the kind of issue-ignorant liberal opposition to Obama that Will Bower and his ilk traffic in. Publius has done the diligence in taking the piece apart, but allow me to say that this:

    But will Obama, amid the pulsating theatrics, also attempt the less glamorous and more difficult task of explaining specifically where he wants to move the country, and how he proposes to move it, above and beyond reciting his policy positions?

    Is the single most hackish piece of shit uttered by a well-regarded historian in recent memory. Seriously dude, check here. Finding out “where he wants to move the country” isn’t that difficult unless you’re a tremendously lazy Clinton shill.

  • Melissa McEwan thinks it obvious that having someone as anti-feminist as the author of the Violence Against Women Act on Obama’s ticket would upset women. Chet Scoville is thinking of voting for Nader. Seriously, what the hell is wrong with Shakesville? This really encapsulates the madness:

    I’ve never been a member of the Democratic Party; I’ve never been a partisan. But I have always voted for Democrats, and I always felt marginally in tune with the party. Now, I feel completely distant, completely detached. This, I fear, will only deepen that divide.

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: “He’s not perfect, but he’s the best candidate either party has fielded in my lifetime, and if that’s not good enough for you, then you’re going to spend your whole life being disappointed.” Also: “Threatening to not vote for Obama? That’s stupid. That’s idiotic. I know, I know, “it’s my vote”, but that’s a stupid way to go about using it. It doesn’t serve the interests of those disappointed by Obama, let alone the interests of the country. If you’re a progressive, if you’re a liberal, if you’re leftist, whatever – you’ve got one candidate. You’ve got one option. You can be disappointed, but don’t pretend that that isn’t the case. Don’t pretend that you can do anything but harm the causes you hold dear by not voting for Obama. Because you can’t.” I’ll leave it at that.

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