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Sartorial Malignancy

Blogland is abuzz over the latest fashion statement from the anonymous — always anonymous! — powers-that-be. This from Greenwald, but also for instance, Reclusive Leftist and Electric Blues:

John Harwood: “…one adviser told me today those bloggers need to take off their pajamas, get dressed and realize that governing a closely divided country is complicated and difficult.”

[and elsewhere in the post:]
… people in the basement working in their underwear who write blogs ….

Well, I, for instance, fit the Administration’s requirements. I don’t work in the basement (because I don’t have one, but, hey, it’s results that count). I don’t work in my underwear. (That would be unpleasantly cool where I live.) Nor do I sleep in pyjamas, so I have to get dressed in the morning.

And yet nobody has offered me a Cabinet position yet. Why is that?

I know it has nothing to do with the content of my character or the logic of my thoughts. Who has time for that nonsense? Certainly not an Administration that thinks having the Presidency and filibuster-proof majorities in Congress indicates a “closely divided country.”

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71 Responses

  1. Pajamas are for the conservative media.

    Real liberals blog naked.

  2. This is from John Aravosis:

    Well, if Dan Pfeiffer at the White House is going to suggest that NBC’s John Harwood is a liar, then I think the White House needs to give John Harwood permission to reveal his source. Because this isn’t the first time the White House has “reportedly” criticized bloggers, or progressives. In August, they dismissed anyone who had concerns about how health care reform as “the left of the left” – which is awfully similar to the current accusation that we’re “the Internet left fringe.” Then a few weeks later, the president said that blogs don’t fact check, and are all “people shouting at each other.”

    • the internet left fringe that they are dismissing isn’t just holding Obama accountable…a lot of “shouting” was at the teapartayers who were accusing Obama of government-takeover, etc. Axelrahm milked the left’s backlash at the teapartayers but when the left tries to get something in return, the WH says too bad you are the fringe!

      • I don’t know why they’re surprised. Obama made his disdain for bloggers clear all along. Also, culturally Cheetoheads and Obama staff types are the same people (or at least Cheetoheads aspire to be O staffers, culturally, once they grow up) and Cheetoheads share the disdain for gross hippie marches and real life activism and caring about issue over gamesmanship and posturing. Why the surprise now?

    • BS. I’m shouting at him, thank you very much.

    • First there were the bitter knitter women, then the envirnmentalists, then the people who wanted peace, then the people who believed in the Constitution, and now the gays and the internet left. If 0bama trifles with Medicare you can include the seniors. If these people are under the bus, just who does 0bama expect to count on for support??? Just the fools. That should be enough.
      Don’t you just love John Harwood? He reminds me of a breathless groupie in love with a man who doesn’t even know he exists. It must be hard to smile and drool and try to appear credible while on your knees. Grow a pair, John. And get your head out of …. the clouds.

  3. Now I’m confused. First if you are against anything Obama, esp. his faux award, you’re with the terrorists. Now if you are against anything Obama, you’re in the basement with your PJ’s. Can you be both? Or do you have to chose? Hmm, maybe if you’re in the basement without your PJ’s you are by definition a terrorist.

    Clearly the message is you don’t want to be against Obama. That would be bad.

  4. We need to be grateful for everything Obama has accomplished, such as this extensive list of things:

    • Wow that is some list, Clint! And people say Obama hasn’t accomplished anything.

      …. oh wait

      • That’s really unfair.

        Obama has successfully complete several speeches and killed a fly.

        The Beer Summit was a diplomatic masterpiece.

        His burger run with the media went well too.

        • Gah. I was just going to comment how well Clint summarized the infinite nature of his accomplishments with that singularity, and then you had to remind me about the fly.

  5. Gah! I clicked on that link to Electric Blues. EYEWASH! NOW!

  6. Haven’t we been here before? An “anonymous” source (aka a member in the Obama administration) leaks to the press some stupid comment that offends people. The WH says it’s a “misunderstanding” or denies they ever said such a thing. It’s about time the left blogosphere gets used to “just words” because that’s what we’ll be hearing a lot of in the next three and a half years. Excuses, excuses, and more excuses along with more lies and no action.

  7. Comment from Obot (whose name I recognize) at FDL in response to Jane Hamsher’s response to WH mealy mouthed excuses:


    I, for one, am tired of being fed only pretty words, often with them coming about the same time as the back of the hand.

    If I had wanted a Republican, I would have voted for McSame. I didn’t and I didn’t.

    But, for that matter, I seem to remember a definition of insanity which went something like “doing the same thing the same way and expecting a different result”. That applies as much to Barack Obama as it did to Joe Lieberman and, so long as Barry wants to be a Republican, he can do so without my support.

    Hahahahahaha. We warned you, Obots.

    • “Are you drinking more Kool-aid, but enjoying it less?”

      • It’s an entertaining drug. Well, in as much as getting a copy of dubya in the WH that brings about the end of the world is sort of funny.

      • I think they’re mainlining it at this point, and just barely staving off the horrors.

        • The withdrawal symptoms are known to be extremely painful and dangerous–uncontrollable sobbing, shaking, hyperarousal, hypersensitive startle reflex, sensations of insects crawling under the skin, projectile vomiting, facial tics, nausea, and in serious cases psychotic breaks.

    • I just finished reading it. He’s red hot! Unlike that guy at TPM, Gred Sargent, who is carrying the Obama administration’s water bigtime.

      • Remember last year when Greg S. was getting too honest and disappeared from TPM for a while?

        I think he was sent to a reeducation camp and waterboarded with Kool-aid until he accepted Obama as his savior.

    • The administration is now desperately backpedaling, saying those comments do not reflect their views, and were not directed at the gay community but at true fringe blog entities. They can’t even own their leaks. Bush 3 indeed.

  8. Anne at TalkLeft always has thoughtful comments and now someone (an Obot who still thinks the Clintons are racists) is attacking her for stating the truth that Obama is an empty suit who has accomplished nothing:

    I think the mid-terms will be a (3.66 / 3) (#27)
    by Anne on Mon Oct 12, 2009 at 03:42:17 PM EST
    reasonably good barometer of the challenges Obama is going to face, but I will find it very sad, indeed, if the party pushes Hillary out there to shill for him; it was hard enough to take when she did it in 2008.

    While it is almost certainly true that “a Republican would be worse,” I cannot tell you how tired I am of being asked to choose between two unacceptable candidates, always being made to believe that the lesser of two evils is the best we can do. I didn’t vote the top of the ticket in 2008, because I decided the integrity of my vote was too important to squander on either Obama or McCain: neither deserved it, the Democratic Party had made a mockery of the entire process and shown that it cared more about money than quality.

    Nothing has changed. Obama has proven himself to be everything I thought he would be – which is a whole lot of nothing – I still do not see quality leadership in the party or much of a desire to advance the goals of much of its base, and I don’t know that there has been any progress on avoiding the kind of crass manipulation of the primary process – so why should I have any confidence that things will be any different a year from now?

    With a Democratic president, and Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, I am still waiting for help on the economy, on health care, on the environment. I am still waiting for repudiation of the egregious and overreaching Bush policies that Obama has simply decided to rubber-stamp.

    Can he turn it around? I am not hopeful, and I think by the time the mid-terms rudely awaken him to how deep the doo-doo is, it will be too late. Could he be challenged? Anything is possible, I guess; I think the sudden interest in Hillary’s plans might have something to do with the coming feeding frenzy over how badly the Democrats have handled their lock on all three branches of government. The media love nothing better than internecine warfare, and the conditions are ripening for it, the benefit accruing to the GOP, of course.

    I guess time will tell.

    [ Parent ]

    No surprise (2.00 / 1) (#30)
    by cotton candy on Mon Oct 12, 2009 at 04:31:14 PM EST
    coming from you. You are a racist.

    If the dems think that “putting in” Hillary in 2012 would not result in the long overdue exodus of African-Americans from the party,they deserve what will happen.

    We still have not forgotten the actions of the Clintons from last year.

    [ Parent ]

    I think you mean (none / 0) (#31)
    by jbindc on Mon Oct 12, 2009 at 04:34:13 PM EST
    The made up actions of the Clintons last year, don’t you? Pushed by the Obama campaign, even though there was no veracity to any of it?

    • I hope Anne is ready to be banned from crazy TL. Some of us got the axe for less than what she just did, daring to suggest the Clinton’s might not be the most evil people in the universe.

    • (I wonder if Anne is the same person who had good comments at The Carpetbagger Report before the Obots took it over with their Hillary hate.)

  9. Why don’t they just all move to Norway or Sweden. The Democrats and the Republicans are just so ineffective, corrupt and stupid, along with their followers who have brown rice and cottonseed for brains, that I just want them to explode and disappear. It’s not even worth saying I told you so.

  10. Jane Hamsher has a new clarification up from John Harwood. He reaffirms that it was an Obama “advisor” who made the insulting comments about fringe-left, pj-wearing bloggers.


    The White House just called into question the reporting of a senior White House reporter for the New York Times and NBC News, and it is being interpreted as such all over the internet.

    This is what happens when journalists allow sources to take cheap shots from behind the cloak of anonymity granted for no good reason. The source doesn’t have to own it if it backfires, and the journalist gets stuck with the reputation for sloppy and erroneous reporting if they decide to dump it on you. Which is exactly what’s happening here.

    NBC should release a statement either defending Harwood’s reporting on the matter or retract it. And the White House should identify Harwood’s source, because it doesn’t do much good to claim “we love you, we really really love you” and still protect the person who said it.

    Followed by 90+ comments from disillusioned koolaid drinkers.

  11. Maybe we should organize a pajama protest. Imagine thousands of liberal bloggers in PJs and fuzzy slippers descending on DC.

    • We can either do it in my neighborhood or at UNO on Thursday, if you’re interested …


      • Well, isn’t that interesting…

      • Maybe you can take your students there on a field trip. They can ask the President difficult questions about the economy.

        • they’re handing out tickets, I’m trying to get one, it appears they’re looking for friendly people

        • my classes don’t meet on Thursday, but the econ/finance department is trying to get in … there appears to be some favoritism on how to get the tickets and just being part of the university community isn’t part of the requirements

        • oh, and as an aside, I’ve never had problems getting into ones Clinton had down here no matter where they were held … I was up in the front run by him and President HW Bush when they were here about 2 months after Katrina

          • So Obama is even more controlling about his events than Bush II?

          • it appears that way … but stay tuned, because one of his appearances is a few blocks away from my house and then of course the other is on campus and I don’t teach on Thursdays, I’m going to get a first hand look at the machine

          • well, I scored a ticket and the meet and greet, is there an antidote to koolaid? If i don’t eat the Cheetos will I be safe?

          • Resistance is futile…prepare to join the Cheetoborg….farewell, dak.

          • Oh nooooooo, Dak is being assimilated. Watch for her avatar to change showing her new cyborg implants. Then she’ll start acting like mommy dearest over at TL: “Anything against Obama will not be tolerated, anything against child rapists will not be tolerated, you will be assimilated, you will be assimilated.”

  12. Much of the left blogosphere downplayed naftagate and milked troopergate for everything that they could. Which seems more relevant now?

  13. Their objectives are obvious if you are paying attention.

    • Damndest thing I’ve read in a while. Asshat bragging about the legislation screwing over the people in trying to discredit the insurance company study.

      Are they complete fools or are the American people?

    • /* head desk */ Indeed!

      Solve inequality in health care by making sure _everybody_ gets nothing after forking over cash for insurance. Whee!

    • Who are those people?

      Rahm’s genius bean counting brother, for one.

  14. Obama administration: Hooray for the hijab and Sharia Law

    Barack Obama adviser says Sharia Law is misunderstood

    A flashback to what many say was the reason why Obama won the Nobel:
    Let Women Wear the Hijab: The Emptiness of Obama’s Cairo Speech

    • Hmm… compare that person’s stance to what wiki says about Dr. Sima Samar (one of the nominees for the Nobel peace prize that got passed over for Obama.)

      From wiki:

      After living in refuge for over a decade, Samar returned to Afghanistan in 2002 to assume a cabinet post in the Afghan Transitional Administration led by Hamid Karzai. In the interim government, she served as Deputy President and then as Minister for Women’s Affairs. She was forced into resignation from her post after she was threatened with death and harassed for questioning conservative Islamic laws, especially sharia law, during an interview in Canada with a Persian-language newspaper. During the 2003 Loya Jirga, several religious conservatives took out an ad in a local newspaper calling Samar the Salman Rushdie of Afghanistan.

      Dr. Samar publicly refuses to accept that women must be kept in purdah (secluded from the public) and speaks out against the wearing of the burqa (head-to-foot wrap), which was enforced first by the fundamentalist mujahideen and then by the Taliban. She also has drawn attention to the fact that many women in Afghanistan suffer from osteomalacia, a softening of the bones, due to an inadequate diet. Wearing the burqa reduces exposure to sunlight and aggravates the situation for women suffering from osteomalacia.


      I found this a good suggestion:

      President Obama says he will donate the $ 1.4 million that comes with the Nobel Peace Prize to charity. As usual he’s being vague about the details, so I have a suggestion for him. How about the Shuhada Organization which was founded by Dr Sima Samar, MD, one of the also-rans for this year’s prize.


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