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Posted at 3:37 PM ET, 02/28/2011

In which I advocate for union thugs to get violent (not really)

By Greg Sargent

I usually try to avoid getting into blogwars about this kind of stuff. But the buffoonish dishonesty on display today from CNN contributor Erick Erickson and others on the right is revealing and worth responding to in a bit of detail.

Erickson and his comrades think they've got a big journalistic scandal on their hands because I Tweeted this earlier today:

Dear union thugs: Will you please get violent in Wisconsin already? Pretty please?

Now, anyone with basic reading comprehension skills will immediately see that this was intended as sarcasm -- as a send-up of right-wingers who have been working overtime to find any evidence of union thug violence in Wisconsin they can scrounge up. Unfortunately, my joke was not heavy handed enough for Erickson. He unleashed a torrent of outraged Tweets in my direction, including one claiming that I was "calling" for "violence in Wisconsin."

Other luminaries, such as the keeper of Townhall Magazine's Twitter feed, also sounded the alarm: "Does the Wash Post promote violence? Yep."

It's hard to fathom what would motivate these folks to sink to such embarrassing depths of self-parody. After all, most people would have picked up on the rather obvious point that if my Tweet weren't intended as sarcastic, I would be on record describing union members, without irony, as "thugs." What's more, these voracious consumers of my Twitter feed might have noticed that earlier this morning, I explicitly made fun of the right's hunt for union violence and thuggery -- not once, but twice.

But wait, it gets still better.

Erickson is now up with an entire post exposing my call for violence. Its headline blares: "Washington Post's Greg Sargent Demands Unions Get Violent." But in the post itself, Erickson actually concedes that I was being sarcastic!

He squares this circle thusly:

I believe Sargent was being sarcastic. The problem is that if I or Sarah Palin or anyone on the right had said something similar, Greg Sargent and his friends would never, ever extend us the courtesy of recognizing the sarcasm, etc. If you need proof, just dig around for Sargent's writings about Sarah Palin's target map.

Okay, let's dig around for those writings. There's this post: "No conservative commentators, officials or personalities are in any way to blame for the shooting." And this one: "it's wrong to blame anyone for the shooting."

Really, all these folks have done is confirm my original point: They appear to be desperately hoping that people on the left will either advocate or commit violence in Wisconsin. What remains unclear is why they don't try to disguise this a little bit more effectively.

UPDATE, 4:04 p.m.: Here's another post I wrote on Sarah Palin, in which I wrote:

I agree with Charles Krauthammer: It's wrong to blame the Arizona shooting on any specific conservative commentators, officials, or personalities...I agree that it's a huge stretch to blame the "crosshairs" for inciting violence.

By Greg Sargent  | February 28, 2011; 3:37 PM ET
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Comments

Shocking that those who are perpetually outraged are outraged.

Chin up, Greg. It's just what they do.

Posted by: schrodingerscat | February 28, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

A really, really slow news day.

Posted by: shrink2 | February 28, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Greg -

You should be fully aware of it by now that the Right has no conception of sarcasm or even nuance. They are literalists, and are just not hard wired that way. That's why you won't find any stand up comics with a Rightward bent.
We can exclude Dennis Miller, since he's only a finger in the wind opportunist. I just wish that the sainted George Carlin was still around to comment on all this Right Wing lunacy.

Posted by: filmnoia | February 28, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Shorter Erickson: Greg was being sarcastic, but let's make a big f*ing deal of it anyway.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | February 28, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Not to mention that there is are several rather large differences between Palin's target map and your sarcastic tweet.
One you aren't one of the leaders and potential presidential candidate for one of the political parties.
Second, the target map wasn't "sarcastic" or a "joke". It was employing the common practice of using military language/symbolism in politics. One that people were reconsidering after the shooting in Arizona.

They could hardly be more different.

Posted by: ashotinthedark | February 28, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure that any day now a kid dressed as a pimp will show up to see if you will let him house underage hookers in your basement...or something.

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | February 28, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

@shrink2 "A really, really slow news day."

Correct. Maybe the North Koreans will add some excitement.

"North Korea threatens 'firing attacks' on South over leaflets about Mideast turmoil"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/27/AR2011022700351.html

Posted by: jnc4p | February 28, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Greg, it's kind of difficult to call teachers, firefighters, nurses, etc. "thugs" when they're having slumber parties, singing and chanting and ordering in pizza, so the next best thing is to call you one. LOL

Maybe you'll make CNN tonight.

Posted by: lmsinca | February 28, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

You'll be the fall guy Greg when violence occurs, I hope you realize, regardless of how fair it is or not.

See, what will happen is they'll link to their own articles in the event violence occurs and also to your tween without referencing your admission it was snark. This will be used against you in the way they claim the 'left' used Palin's target map against her when Gifford was shot.

Also, I think everyone should thank Gov. Walker for uniting Dems in a way not seen since 2008.

At the count of three...

Thank you Gov. Walker!

Posted by: mikefromArlington | February 28, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

From the AFL-CIO website:

This from AFL-CIO Political Communications Director Eddie Vale who’s on the ground in Madison, Wis.

As we speak, Gov. Scott Walker & the Senate R’s are literally having the windows of the capital welded shut to keep people from passing food into the building to the people inside.

Our attorneys are collecting affidavits from the people who witnessed this, along with people who have been illegally denied access to a public, government, building.

We will be filing for a TRO [temporary restraining order] to open the Capitol.

It is a sad for democracy when Governor Walker and his R Senate allies are locking the people of Wisconsin out of their own state capitol.

http://blog.aflcio.org/2011/02/28/walker-welding-capitol-windows-now-to-keep-workers-from-passing-food-to-those-inside/

Posted by: suekzoo1 | February 28, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

"...The problem is that if I or Sarah Palin or anyone on the right had said something similar... yadda, yadda..."

One of the standard practices dictated by the wingnut handbook is "never let a chance to portray yourself as a victim go to waste."

See also: Haley Barbour

Posted by: notjenna1 | February 28, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Since we should all do our part to help bloggers avoid blogwars...talk about poor judgement, anyone think its a good idea to take your kids yachting on the Arabian Sea?

"Governments have pleaded with ship owners and sea-faring vacationers to stick to designated shipping lanes when passing through the Arabian Sea, where pirates continue to strike with impunity, despite the presence of dozens of warships...Several Danes have been held by Somali pirates in recent years...

Somali pirates increased their attacks in 2010 for the fourth straight year, striking more ships and taking more hostages last year than in any year on record, according to a January report by the Piracy Reporting Center of the International Maritime Bureau, taking 1,181 people hostage over the course of 2010, and killing eight in attacks on 445 ships."

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/world/africa/01pirates.html?hp

Posted by: shrink2 | February 28, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

""As we speak, Gov. Scott Walker & the Senate R’s are literally having the windows of the capital welded shut to keep people from passing food into the building to the people inside.""

Saw a photo -- looks like they're removing the top of a bolt that makes it impossible to open.

Call the state Fire Marshal RIGHT NOW.
.

Posted by: jprestonian | February 28, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Greg you'd better go double check the temperature on your boss and your boss' boss. Don't get yourself fired, because the WaPo has already proven they are quivering cowards when it comes to the right wings' pogroms.

Eric Erickson is one to talk too, after he explicitly called for "mass bloodshed" to overturn Roe v. Wade if SCOTUS doesn't.

http://mediamatters.org/blog/201101250014

There's the iron law of conservatism again, whatever they're accusing the left of, whether true or not, is what they are actually doing.

Posted by: Scientician | February 28, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Twitter, this "scandal" (shame on Greg!) *almost* makes me want to sign up for Twitter. Are there any good reasons to do it?

Posted by: sbj3 | February 28, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

You want some real news, do ya eh?

-Report: Radioactive fracking waste being dumped into waterways that feed drinking water supplies-

The most frightening takeaway: Natural gas companies are dumping radioactive wastewater from fracking into rivers and streams that serve as the main drinking water supply for millions of people -- and "dangers to the environment and health" arising from this practice are "greater than previously understood."

The documents show that EPA scientists are alarmed over research showing that fracking wastewater contains high concentrations of radioactive components -- information that hasn't been previously disclosed publicly. In many instance, Urbina reports, the wastewater is transported to "sewage plants not designed to treat it" -- and from there, it's "then discharged into rivers that supply drinking water."

A never-disclosed EPA study on fracking also found that rivers and streams aren't able to dilute the radioactive elements of drilling waste that water treatment plants discharge--contrary to claims advanced by some fracking proponents.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110228/ts_yblog_thelookout/report-radioactive-fracking-waste-being-dumped-into-waterways-that-feed-drinking-water-supplies

If we all just sit here and "take it" while the pollution industry kills us off slowly, then you stink at being an American.

TELL SOMEONE. SHARE THE NEWS. DO SOMETHING. PLZ!

Posted by: ronnieandrush | February 28, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

@sue,

AFLCIO blog site is down.

Posted by: 12BarBluesAgain | February 28, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

We need a whole lot more of this, attacking the employers, not the people they exploit.

"JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A company that pleaded guilty to conspiracy related to the nation's largest workplace raid on illegal immigrants has been accused in a lawsuit of withholding jobs from U.S. citizens.

Immigration agents detained about 600 illegal immigrants at Howard Industries' plant in Laurel, Miss., in 2008. The company pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy to violate immigration laws. It was fined $2.5 million.

A lawsuit filed Friday claims the company's hiring practices gave preferential treatment to illegal immigrants."

Posted by: shrink2 | February 28, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Radioactive waste.

.

.

.

In your DRINKING water.

Posted by: ronnieandrush | February 28, 2011 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Greg,
On a related note to Wisconsin, did you happen to see the PBS Newshour segment on Friday with Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) of Indiana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) of Montana?

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/jan-june11/governors_02-25.html

The overall impression I came away with is that the current debating space seems to be between taking away collective bargaining rights as the conservative position and letting the unions maintain collective bargaining rights provided they give in on everything else as the progressive position. I think you guys may be headed towards a Pyrrhic victory here.

Note also the consensus position that responsible Republican and Democratic governors run balanced budgets in contrast to the irresponsibility of Washington in running perpetual deficits. Any discussion of a justification for deficit spending based on Keynesian stimulus principles is completely outside the scope of the debate.

This is how you win the messaging war.

Posted by: jnc4p | February 28, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

suekzoo1 -

I just found that AFL/CIO item moments ago.
This all goes into the MO of that Politico story today. The Right started years ago with a concerted plan to break unions, first public employees and then the other unions in the work place will follow. This is their master plan. Don't think for a moment that crooks like Kasich, Daniels and Scott in FL aren't going after state employees because they think it's a political non-starter. They are standing on the sidelines just waiting for the outcome in WI. If the unions lose there, then you can expect the same tactics Walker is using to happen in other states later this year. Things are going to get much nastier leading into Nov 2012. Too bad that we heretofore have what looks to be a jellyfish in the White House who is not lifting a finger.

Posted by: filmnoia | February 28, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

It is easy to fathom why Mr Sargent's political opposites siezed his words: this is a war.

It is a war of words at the moment but unless the Democrats start trying to calm down the astroturfers in Madison it won't stay just a war of words for long.

Mr Sargent finds himself in a war. The stakes are high. The stress level is high. The need to rally the troops is high.

And so suddenly Mr Sargent finds himself bathed in the sauce that the left routinely ladles on it right wing targets.

Think about this every time you post a pavlovian drool inducing bit about Sarah Palin here Greg. Try to recognize what it must be like to live in a world where your every word is held up to scrutiny and ridicule.

they you'll start to understand the nature of the atmosphere that you and your employer created.

Oh and Mr Sargent one of the prime ingredients in that sauce for goose you just got ladled all over is MACACA.

Enjoy

Posted by: skipsailing28 | February 28, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

[Greg challenges: "Okay, let's dig around for those writings."]

Why did Greg feel the need to "propose a truce" to begin with? Recall, in the face of "unprecedented" Leftist death threats on the Palin family, Greg had the temerity to climb up on his hind legs and howl;

"Which side is more to blame?"
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2011/01/which_side_is_more_to_blame.html

"Putting aside this shooting, is the rhetoric and imagery from the right and left equally excessive and incendiary, and is there any meaningful equivalence in the standing, reach, and influence of each side's most inflammatory voices? I'd say the answers are No, and No."

Own your Palin-Derangement dog-whistle campaign.

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | February 28, 2011 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Both sides are in a game of who can show the most fauxrage. After the gifford's shooting the left brought this on themselves by flipping out anytime someone used the word target or crosshairs. Maybe Sargent didn't do this, but others clearly did.

Posted by: Natstural | February 28, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

RE: Scott in FL,

-Gov. Scott now says he'd like collective bargaining removed from Constitution-

While Florida's Constitution protects workers from being compelled to join a union, it also protects unions workers by guaranteeing their right to collective bargaining. Scott acknowledged the constitutional protections, but announced he'd now would like to see the constitution changed.

“It’d be great to be able to change it,'' Scott said, according to a preview of the interview posted on the Bloomberg web site. “Our state workers don’t pay for anything into their pension plan. And we can’t afford that -- it’s not fair to taxpayers. If you didn’t have collective bargaining, would it be better for the state? Absolutely.”

What a difference a week -- of national attention directed at another governor -- makes. For another take on this issue, read former New York Times reporter David Cay Johnston's criticism of the way the media has covered the collective bargaining dust up in Wisconsin. His point: Walker, and Florida Gov. Scott for that matter, are wrong when they say that workers don't pay for their retirement accounts.

"Out of every dollar that funds Wisconsin' s pension and health insurance plans for state workers, 100 cents comes from the state workers," writes the award-winning journalist on his web site, tax.com.

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/content/gov-scott-now-says-hed-collective-bargaining-removed-constitution

Posted by: ronnieandrush | February 28, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

VIDEO EVIDENCE: WI union protester threatens to break Fox News reporter Mike Tobin’s neck
http://www.examiner.com/american-politics-in-vancouver/wi-union-protester-threatens-to-break-fox-news-reporter-mike-tobin-s-neck#ixzz1FGm5KxOU

Don't be a union thug-hugger your whole career, Greg.

*none so blind*

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | February 28, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Sigh. Can't let this pass unremarked.

"UPDATE, 4:04 p.m.: Here's another post I wrote on Sarah Palin, in which I wrote:

I agree with Charles Krauthammer: It's wrong to blame the Arizona shooting on any specific conservative commentators, officials, or personalities...I agree that it's a huge stretch to blame the "crosshairs" for inciting violence."

From the other part of your previous post that you are quoting:

"So here are my questions for Krauthammer and whoever else wants to answer them: Do you agree that the "eliminationist rhetoric" cited by Krugman is a problem and is out of bounds? Are you denying that such rhetoric exists, or that the preponderance of it comes from the right?

More broadly, putting aside the case of Jared Loughner, is it a valid question to ask whether such rhetoric in general risks tipping the unhinged into violence? A mental illness expert told me yesterday that even if we stipulate that Loughner is completely nuts, asking whether the current excess of our political culture makes the insane more likely than they otherwise might be to commit political violence is a completely valid, and even desirable, line of inquiry. Does Krauthammer disagree with that? Does Krauthammer think this subject as I've defined it is not worth discussing?

I'd genuinely like to hear Krauthammer's answers to these questions."

I assume you aren't concerned that your tweets risk "tipping the unhinged into violence" or will make "the insane more likely than they otherwise might be to commit political violence".

Posted by: jnc4p | February 28, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse

VIDEO EVIDENCE: WI Union Thug verbally assaults teenager
http://biggovernment.com/bhennessy/2011/02/27/union-thug-talks-dirty-to-17-year-old-handing-out-copies-of-the-constitution/

Don't be a union thug-hugger your whole career, Greg.

*classy*

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | February 28, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Here's Erick Erickson saying he would pull a shotgun on census workers:

http://mediamatters.org/blog/201005240058

Posted by: Scientician | February 28, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Erick Erickson advocated beating public officials "to a pulp" for banning certain environmentally harmful dishwasher detergents:

http://mediamatters.org/blog/201004060044

Posted by: Scientician | February 28, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

[jnc4p asks: "I assume [Greg isn't] concerned that your tweets risk "tipping the unhinged into violence" or will make "the insane more likely than they otherwise might be to commit political violence".]

Video EVIDENCE: Rhode Island union supporter to cameraman – “I’ll f* you in the @ss, you f@ggot”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNBkcpgPkuY&feature=player_embedded

Don't risk inciting union gay-bashing your whole career, Greg.

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | February 28, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Here's a quote:
"Were I in Washington State, I'd be cleaning my gun right about now waiting to protect my property from the coming riots or the government apparatchiks coming to enforce nonsensical legislation. "

Erick Erickson, CNN's best and brightest

Posted by: Scientician | February 28, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

"Enough to send the usual suspects into spasms of idiocy". Sorry, that was irresistible.

Posted by: 4jkb4ia | February 28, 2011 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Erikson works for CNN??

Posted by: DDAWD | February 28, 2011 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Both sides are in a game of who can show the most fauxrage. After the gifford's shooting the left brought this on themselves by flipping out anytime someone used the word target or crosshairs. Maybe Sargent didn't do this, but others clearly did.

Posted by: Natstural | February 28, 2011 4:16 PM

Examples/links of the left "flipping out" would be useful here. My recollection is that most of the left suggested (much like Greg) that "eliminationist rhetoric" should be avoided and then the right flipped out with false outrage.

Prove me wrong if you can.

Posted by: pragmaticagain | February 28, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Isn't theocracy great? Religious leaders understand what really matters to people.

"Iran is threatening to boycott the 2012 Olympic Games in London because of the Games' logo.

According to an Iranian official, the logo, with its blocky, abstract rendering of "2012," is racist because it appears to spell the word "Zion," a biblical term for Jerusalem, rather than 2012."

Posted by: shrink2 | February 28, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Collective Bargaining = SOSHHULIST

Bolting the windows shut = FREEDOM

http://twitpic.com/44ssy1
http://twitpic.com/44stct
http://twitpic.com/44stml

I believe that bolting the windows shut is a wee bit of a fire hazard (it is illegal).

Stay classy Gov Walker, stay classy.

#NotinMyWI

Posted by: ronnieandrush | February 28, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Whew, I've been worried about her...

"Moammar Gadhafi's Ukrainian nurse has left the disorder of Libya behind...Halyna Kolotnytska arrived in Ukraine Sunday..." AP

No wonder The Guide seems really, really mad. Who cares about all the military units and diplomats jumping ship, losing Halyna, now it's personal.

Posted by: shrink2 | February 28, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Leftist civility update:

"Rep. Gordon Hintz, D Oshkosh, apologized to Rep. Michelle Litjens, R-Winneconne, for shouting out an obscenity that included the words “you’re dead” that Litjens and other witnesses heard in the chaotic scene after Republicans approved the bill."

http://www.thenorthwestern.com/article/20110228/OSH0101/110228167/State-Rep-Gordon-Hintz-apologizes-comments-made-Assembly-floor-following-budget-repair-bill-vote?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

*so progressive*

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | February 28, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Awwwwwwww! Sarge Greg's been falsely accused.

I'm pretty sure they were just trying to get your goat.

Seems they did.

Posted by: battleground51 | February 28, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Those public sector, bureacratic, pencil necked geeks really don't qualify as union thugs anyhow.

Back in the day, union men were pretty tough. Cross them and you'd be spitting teeth.

Today, they tend to be teachers and desk sitting, cubicle birds.

Real union thugs would laugh their *sses off at today's union wimps.

Posted by: battleground51 | February 28, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

@ Comrade skip-

"It is easy to fathom why Mr Sargent's political opposites siezed his words: this is a war."

Speaking of plumbing the depths of self-parody...


Shorter skip-
"I can say anything I want because the ends justify the means". Aint that right, Comrade?

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | February 28, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

"We can exclude Dennis Miller,"

Is Dennis Miller a comedian? Really? When was the last time that loser was funny? Doing his impersonation of a color commentor on Monday Night Football...that was pretty funny..even if not intentional on Miller's untalented part.

Posted by: rukidding7 | February 28, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

O/T -

What is up with this?

The application for a $500 scholarship from the Former Majority Association for Equality looks pretty much like all the others out there. Well, except for this eligibility requirement: “Male – No less than 25% Caucasian.”

Yes, the Texas-based nonprofit organization has launched a scholarship for white men. Members of the group, which goes by FMAFE, say they aren’t racist and “have no hidden agenda to promote racial bigotry or segregation,” according to their Web site. Instead, they say their goal is to provide financial aid to white men who might not qualify for other scholarships.

“FMAE’s existence is dedicated around one simple principle, to provide monetary aid for education to white males who need it,” the group’s mission statement reads.

http://thinkprogress.org/2011/02/28/whites-only-scholarship/

Texas, of course.

Posted by: pragmaticagain | February 28, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Greg is the ultimate fairy. This pansy would get his butt whipped by an 85 year old woman. No wonder why he would want someone else to get violent (for him).

Posted by: mges123 | February 28, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Greg spends much of His time indulging in faux outrage and false accusations. He spent two weeks just on saying that Palin et al were maybe not directly responsible for Loughner "but" maybe they really were.

I will have a pity party for you, Greg. Feel better?

Posted by: quarterback1 | February 28, 2011 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Greg, even when you were writing for TPM, one of your biggest problems has always been that you sincerely believe you have a sense of humor. Don't quit your day job, Henny. Stick to the facts.

Posted by: mwfree | February 28, 2011 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Mr Sargent obviously regards himself as clever and "smarter than the average bear". This clearly reveals that he is neither.

Posted by: TobyTucker1 | February 28, 2011 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Maybe you need to tweet: "@erickson: Unlike Gov. Wilson, violent provovation of demonstrators never srsly a consideration here. Glad to see u take reporter's joke more srsly than sitting Gov's candid thoughts when he thinks no one is listening."

Posted by: theorajones1 | March 1, 2011 7:04 AM | Report abuse

You called for violence dipstick! Do you really think crazy liberals comprehend sarcasm! You are supposed to be a media professional, instead you are officially denounced as a member of the "Unprofessional Leftie". Professional Left isn't good enough for you because you have violent thoughts.

You should be sanctioned by your employer for calling for violence against Americans.

You must be held accountable as every word you say because your Twitter account is linked to WaPo and your words make you responsible for the actions of others.

Your excuses here are a lame attempt to whitewash the violence you called for. You were speaking truth because your state of mind calls for violence.

A real adult would think twice, type once. But instead you become a radid liberal degenerate.............that is your true mindset. People who think that way tend to always have a similar mindset because you lack true self control and you know it!

Even worse you goal post demanding repeatedly for Erick Erickson to apologize for nothing. HOW CHILDISH for a grown man to GOAL POST and attempt to shift the blame..........that is not only a sign of a sore loser but an adult who never truly grew up. The fact that you make repeated calls for Erickson to apologize is further proof you lack the emotional intelligence to simply apologize and move on. Instead you cry foul over nothing.....exactly what a child of liberalism would do which further solidifies you are now a member of the "Unprofessional Lefties".

You should be ashamed of yourself because you are now an embarrassment for the best newspaper in the USA!

Juggernauzt @ Twitter

Posted by: javatrader | March 1, 2011 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Why is the right perpetually outraged?

John Wayne said it best:

"Life is tough. It's even tougher if you're stupid."

A lifetime of frustration. Constantly set upon and humiliated by the "elites" (i.e., anyone of at least average intelligence). I pity them.

At least in the past we were civilized enough to ignore dimwits like Erickson. Now our corporate oligarchs seize upon him and his ilk as the proverbial "useful idiots". And infotainment media is becoming more and more one part George Orwell, and one part Jerry Springer. Reminds me of that Mike Scanlon email a few years back, a true Rosetta Stone of the conservative movement. But now, when they "bring out the wackos", they don't even have the modicum of decency to keep it under wraps, lest normal folks be disturbed. Now they're booked and sponsored by CNN.

Posted by: BillinChicago1 | March 2, 2011 12:02 AM | Report abuse

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