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As the news about the  “left fringe in pajamas” spread throughout the internet the expected denials came with them too. “It wasn’t one of us, we don’t think that” type of responses filtered through B0botland.

The first one was taken care of by the reporter himself who told Jane Hamsher that his anonymous source was indeed an Obama adviser. The more interesting clarification is this however

He did say that the comments weren’t specifically directed at “the LGBT community or the marchers,” but “referred more broadly to those grumbling on the left about an array of issues including the war in Afghanistan and health care and Guantanamo.”

Stray Yellow Dog astutely predicted that when she wrote

Remember yesterday when so many of us PUMAs were being dismissed as “Closet Republicans” or “Conservatives” or “Right-Wing Nutjobs” and “Racists?” Because we happened to think that our votes for Hillary Clinton *should* have mattered….

Well, those days are OVER my friends. Today we are “Left Wing Fringe.”

I don’t know if the last assurance Hardwood gave Hamsher was meant to illustrate the fact that the White House was not homophobic. But it did convey to me that they are a paranoid bunch that considers opponents “the enemy” and don’t much care to assess the reason for the opposition. Guantanamo, gay rights, public option – you’re against us, you must be labeled and dismissed.

And while statements to the contrary are now coming from the White House, Glenn Greenwald compiled enough similar incidents to make a pattern

Just this weekend, a “top gay Democrat close to Obama” was granted anonymity by Politico to dismiss administration critics on gay issues as “naive.”  Just six weeks ago, an equally cowardly “senior White House adviser” hiding behind anonymity told told The Washington Post that the only people who cared about the public option in health care were “the left of the left” — those same fringe, irrational extremists.  In June, an anonymous “friend of John Brennan’s” told Jane Mayer in The New Yorker that the people who prevented Brennan’s nomination as CIA Director (because of his support for some of the most radical Bush Terrorism policies) were nothing more than “a few Cheeto-eating people in the basement working in their underwear who write blogs.”

Beyond that, they have the utmost regard for the opposition. As long as they stay quiet of course.

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And in the same vein, Politico is compiling a few language faux pas

President Barack Obama called rap star Kanye West “a jackass.” Vice President Joe Biden told a senator to “Gimme a f—-ing break!” Economic adviser Christina Romer declared that Americans had yet to have their “holy s—-” moment over the economy.

Those who pay attention to political rhetoric say an unusual amount of profanity has emanated from this White House – even without counting famously colorful White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.

only to go for 3 pages blaming the media for reporting those, as in the past, everybody did it, but it stayed private. Oh, that poor Obama, can’t get a fair shake on anything!

Why, just now Marketwatch is bashing him for failing to win the Nobel Prize for Economy

In a decision as shocking as Friday’s surprise peace prize win, President Obama failed to win the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences Monday.


Other surprise losers include celebrity noneconomist and filmmaker Michael Moore; U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; and Larry Summers, head of the U.S. national economic council.

It is unclear whether the president will now refuse his peace prize in protest against the obvious slight to his real achievements this year.

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But the Nobel Peace prize laureate did manage to sneak  unnanounced troups in Afghanistan

President Obama announced in March that he would be sending 21,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. But in an unannounced move, the White House has also authorized — and the Pentagon is deploying — at least 13,000 troops beyond that number, according to defense officials.

and I know this was March, when he was only nominated for it, but that still brings the troop increase to 34,000.

Not Your Sweetie

October 2009