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    Saturday Night Card Game (Dem Base Fractures Into Twitter War And Charges Of Racism Against Professional Left)

    Saturday Night Card Game (Dem Base Fractures Into Twitter War And Charges Of Racism Against Professional Left)

    This is the latest in a series on the use of the race card for political gain:

    I warn you, this is hard to follow.  I’m not even sure I have the sequence down.  But as with many fights in which accusations of racism are thrown around loosely, I’m not sure the precise sequence matters.  And toss Twitter into the mix, and it becomes near impossible to unravel.

    What does matter is that there is a massive fissure in the Democratic Base (more on that later) in which Joan Walsh, one of the Grande Dames of the Professional Left stands accused of racism and white privilege after a comment over who is Obama’s “base.”

    The history is laid out in almost incomprehensible posts at The Angry Black Lady, The Extreme Liberal, and

    For simplicity sake, some background is summarized at The Atlantic, Joan Walsh Sparks Twitter Brawl Over Obama And Race:

    The Players: Joan Walsh, editor-at-large; numerous outraged Twitterers

    Opening Serve: Joan Walsh commented on the state of American progressivism in a Salon article this week, in which she wrote, “I deeply resent people who insist that white progressives who criticize Obama are deluding themselves that they’re his ‘base,’ when his ‘base’ is actually not white progressives, but people of color.”

    Return Volley: A tweeter by the name of Truthrose1 took offense to Walsh’s comment and wrote, “@joanwalsh read your article, I resent white progressives who pretend they are the base of the Dem party and ignore AA’s, we are even,” sparking a back and forth between Walsh, Truthrose1, and several others that continues to drag on. Walsh attempted to defend herself by noting, “Not saying white progressives are THE base; opposite. But I resent African Americans who say THEY are THE BASE. Wrong,” but Truthrose1 shot back instantly with the comment, among others, of “PBO is not your lap dog, thank god Gibbs called out the liars in the progressive media, u have done nothing but act like baggers.”

    I’ll admit, it’s hard to follow all this, as is the case with most Twitter wars, but I repeat myself.

    What is clear is that there is a growing fissure in the Democratic “base” over criticism by the (mostly White) Professional Left, as reflected in this Twitter exchange:

    And this one:

    And this one:

    And this one:

    And this one:

    And this one:

    Even Jane Hamsher’s name was dragged into this, showing there is a deep resentment not only towards Walsh, but also another Grande Dame of the Professional Left:

    Who won, who lost? I have no idea, but a fairly extensive list of the tweets involved is at Chirpstory

    Bring plenty of popcorn, and tell me the ending, I don’t mind a spoiler.

    Update:  Until the Twitter war above, I had never heard the term “Firebagger.”
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    jakee308 | April 10, 2011 at 10:08 am

    A case of them eating their own?

    Or those that think they own the Democrat plantation finding out that the occupants (who've faithfully kept reelecting their overseers because they believed that Democrats "cared" more about them than the Republicans despite all the evidence to the contrary) are thinking for themselves and talking to each other and aren't too happy with being taken for granted.

    Snake bites self; dies lingering death.

    Perhaps this may push some people to learn more about the roots of the early progressive movement. The movement was built upon racism and eugenics. The social sciences were all intertwined with the racist movement from the beginning. It blows my mind that black people support the progressive movement. They should let the white eugenecists oops I meant progressives be Obama's base. His mother was one of them. He has much more in common with the intellectual progressives than he does with any common American of any color.

    I tried following this, I couldn't, I genuinely tried, I really cannot follow this.

    I agree with one of the comments above, I was a Hillary dem, I saw the ugly disgusting underbelly in 2008, that underbelly is now in full view, I left the party after being a democrat for 30+ yrs, am now a registered independent, a tea party supporting independent.

    After throwing down the race card so often, on so many issues to so little effect there is but one community where it still carries weight: Progressives.

    They will now start to play it on each other as it is the only card they have that carries some weight in their community. They will, finally, end up burning it out… but that will be only after they have used it to exhaust each other.

    Popcorn, please!

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