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    “Firebaggers” willing to take one for Team Obama

    “Firebaggers” willing to take one for Team Obama

    This is really strange.

    The first time I heard the term “Firebagger” (a play on you know what) was when Joan Walsh (of Salon.com) and Jane Hamsher (of Firedoglake, hence the “Firebagger” term) had the race card played on them because of their criticisms of Obama.  I even did a Saturday Night Card Game post about it.

    But guess who is bashing the “Firebaggers” now?  Well, Team Obama itself, as reported by Amanda Terkel of HuffPo:

    The Obama campaign’s point person in New Mexico recently sent an email to supporters defending the president’s position on the debt deal and bashing the “Firebagger Lefty blogosphere,” including the Nobel Prize winning New York Times columnist Paul Krugman….

    “Firebagger” is most likely a combined reference to the liberal blog FireDogLake, founded by Jane Hamsher, and “Tea Bagger,” a less-than-flattering term for Tea Party activists.

    What’s even more interesting than the fact that Team Obama is bashing “Firebaggers” is that Hamsher responded by saying she’s willing to take one for the team, if only the strategy would help Obama’s campaign:

    Atrios says, “politicians gotta do what they gotta do and if attacking the Jane Hamshers Of The Left and KRGTHULU is the way to get money, love, and votes, then more power to them….If.”

    I totally agree, if they’re doing this because they think it’s a good campaign strategy, do what you have to do. The qualifier, of course, is the if.

    Hamsher then goes on to explain why this is not a good political strategy for Team Obama based on polling numbers as to who supports Obama (hint, the liberal “Firebaggers”), concluding that “[t]his smacks more of narcissism and personal vendetta than any sound political “strategy.””

    So if it were a sound political strategy, if bashing the “Firebaggers” would help Obama win, the Jane Hamshers of the world would be okay with being belittled and demeaned by Team Obama?

    And they wonder why they get no respect from Team Obama.

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    DINORightMarie | August 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    It’s kind of like when Obama kept throwing people under the bus in 2008, like Rev. Wright, who said (paraphrase), “I understand why. I don’t mind.”

    They are taking one for the team. The ends justify the means. Or, as kids on a playground would say, “That’s okay. I know you don’t really mean it.”

    Their ideology is their god.


     
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    VetHusbandFather | August 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Hamsher then goes on to explain why this is not a good political strategy for Team Obama based on polling numbers as to who supports Obama (hint, the liberal “Firebaggers”), concluding that “[t]his smacks more of narcissism and personal vendetta than any sound political “strategy.””

    Don’t you realize that he considers your votes in the bag already? I mean the President could do nothing short of selecting Sarah Palin as his VP for the second term to lose your votes. He is more concerned about the people sitting on the fence, the one’s that regard both the Tea Party and Firebaggers as extreme and want a nice moderate leader. Don’t worry Obama will go back to his far left policies if he gets re-elected.


       
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      orangemtl in reply to VetHusbandFather. | August 17, 2011 at 7:37 pm

      Precisely. Obama and his henchmen take LBJ’s “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer” one step further—their mantra seems to be “Be critical of your enemies, but completely IGNORE your friends, because they hate your enemies even more than you do–so, why waste any time on them?”
      I am extremely amused by the decision of The One to tour the Midwest in a bus. Wonder if they have a little stuffed leftist tied to the front bumper, being thrown endlessly beneath it?

    Interesting. First, they offered the world “teabagger” and now they offer us “firebagger”. Their semantic games are becoming quite fanciful.

    The first, by their definition, would suggest sadistic tendencies, while the second, again, by their definition, is suggestive of a masochistic personality. I have long thought that someone who denies the dignity of others would similarly deny their own. These people, as reflected in their various agendas, policies, and rhetoric, demonstrate a sadomasochistic predisposition. It is no wonder that they find it difficult to compromise on issues of merit. It is also no wonder that they would wield appeals to emotion as their primary weapon to quell dissent and marginalize their competing interests.

    If it were not for their domination of philosophy, sociology, psychology, and the so-called “intelligentsia,” they would have long ago been classified as deviant and their condition diagnosed as psychotic.

    We certainly have a weird realization of left-wing ideology in America. It really does depart in the most perverse ways from what I have previously known. Maybe that’s what happens when generational progressives (i.e., rebels with a cause and without a clue) strive to outdo their predecessors.

    Well, if nothing else, I have learned two new words from America’s left, which are entirely disposable.


     
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    orangemtl | August 17, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    “Hey, don’t criticize my man! Sure, he beats me and neglects me and stuff, but it’s only because he loves me. And sometimes, I deserve it. It’s not really an abusive relationship—you just don’t understand how much he really cares for me, even though he doesn’t outwardly show it…”
    Q: The words of a battered spouse, or a battered Obamanista?
    A: Who cares. Neither, sadly will listen to reason, nor the concerns of others around them witnessing the abuse.


     
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    workingclass artist | August 17, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    This is getting real ugly already.


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