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Diss me, Donna!

Dear Donna Brazile,

NO WE WON’T featured an interview with founder of PUMApac, Darragh Murphy last night in which she says you are sending a letter to people telling them that we are Republican Trolls and “hysterical feminists”.  I checked with edgeofforever at Not Your Sweetie this morning to see who was included on the list of PUMA sites that are allegedly run by the GOP.  Much to my dismay, The Confluence was not among them.  I find this situation unacceptable.  After all, the term PUMA originated right here at The Confluence in a comment by SM in a post about how we were going to withhold our votes.  We announced the formation of the PUMA un-Party in the very next post and it caught like a wildfire on dry tinder.

The Confluence must insist that you diss us all equally.  It will not do for our sibling sites to get all of the attention that a full onslaught Donna Brazile derision is likely to stir.  We consider it a slight to us that we will not be able to enjoy the fruits of such notoriety.  We count on your pronouncements to spur interest and recruitment in our cause.   Surely The Confluence’s efforts to spread insurrection among the rank and file is worthy of some kind of expression of your loathing and disgust.

We urge you to rectify the matter expeditiously.  If you can not find it in your bile to call us Republicans, please refer to us by some other equally nasty ephithet.  Like, you had something going there with “hysterical feminists”.  We think you can work with that.  For example, Markos Moulitsas called us a “shrieking band of paranoid holdouts”.  But in both of these cases, the slurs lack that certain something that would pile on guilt.  “Hysterical”, “Shrieking” and “paranoid” imply that we are not accountable for our actions.  Please try to tie the two concepts together.  It won’t be enough to call us delusional.  We must also be culpable.  How about “bloodthirsty Amazons of ruination”.  That’s just off the top of my head.  I will sample my commenters at The Confluence for some better examples.

We are willing to work with you, Donna, to strike the right tone that will start a news cycle that the nation will never forget.  So, please, put us on your list to be dissed.

Sincerely,

Riverdaughter at The Confluence

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