Most Conflucians are refugees from other blogs. Whether we were chased out or thrown out, we didn’t start our blogging experience in the House Riverdaughter Built. In my Evil Clowns Open Thread I asked people what favorite blogs they had to stop visiting this year, and the responses show that while we are a diverse bunch we have travelled a lot of the same ground because almost all of us started out in the lefty blogosphere. The first blogs I ever visited were recommended by Molly Ivins in one of her columns.
In looking over the names of the sites that were our original homes in Left Blogistan I noticed that they fall into three basic groups:
1. Blogs that openly supported Obama (or were HillaryHaters) early in the process (before John Edwards dropped out in January 2008)
2. Blogs that were (or pretended to be) neutral until Obama “won” the nomination
3. Blogs that supported Hillary (or permitted pro-Hillary and/or anti-Obama comments) until Obama was chosen as the nominee by the DNC-Pelosi-Reid cabal and then became rabidly fanatic supporters of The Lightbringer
Cheetoville and Balloon Juice are examples of of the first group. Long before the (not-so) Great Orange Satan joined the Kool-aid Kingdom it was a sewer of Clinton Derangement Syndrome, and John Cole’s journey from Freeper, West Virgina to Obamanation always included a Sullivanesque case of CDS. (Disclosure: I am a former BJuicer)
The second group includes sites like Crooks & Liars and Hullaballoo. But their neutrality was often nothing more than a reluctance to make a public endorsement of Obama. (Despite it’s alleged “neutrality” C&L revealed it’s true colors when it went postal over the ABC debate (where they dared to question Obama about Rev. Wright and Bill Ayers) and then completely ignored the media’s JFK fauxrage.)
Taylor Marsh and TalkLeft are prime examples of the third group. Both Taylor and Jeralyn at TL promised to support whoever won the Democratic nomination, but many of us were shocked at they way they dove headlong into the Kool-aid vat and emerged with fully metastisized cases of Palin Derangement Syndrome.
PUMA is the coalition of blogs that remained steadfast in opposition to Barack Obama even after he stole the nomination. There were a few odd-ball blogs and bloggers that didn’t join PUMA but never drank the Kool-aid either. By “odd-ball” I don’t mean to imply anything negative, I just mean that they don’t fit in any other category.
This wasn’t my first Presidential election, the first one I remember was Johnson vs. Goldwater in 1964, and I’ve been watching closely and/or participating in every one since 1972. Nor am I unique in that regard, many PUMAs have seen more elections than I have (but they don’t show it, we all look much younger than the age on our driver’s licenses.) I also majored in history in college and I can’t recall any Presidential primary election where the supporters of the eventual nominee remained angry and hostile towards the other candidate’s supporters.
Losing candidates and their supporters have remained angry and formed third-parties for the general election on several occasions, but the winning side didn’t drive them out the way Obamanation did to Hillary’s supporters. The old threads at The Confluence don’t show it thanks to the hard work and quick trigger fingers of our site monitors, but many Conflucians remember well the angry and hate-filled comments of the numerous Obamnational trolls that pursued us from our old haunts. For a taste of what we saw on a daily basis, just check out the deranged rants that still fill Kitty’s Litter Box (BIOHAZARD WARNING: The stench is nauseating.)
Now if you’re thinking that the anger and hatred directed at us by Obamanation is due to our adamant refusal to slurp the toxic faux-juice, then you should take a look at this inter-blog feces fling:
What I can not understand is the ridiculous Cult of Obama who believes that not a negative or questioning word should be said about Obama ever. Oh sure, they’ll say “wait till he is President.” But then they’ll say “wait till he finishes his first year.” And after that, “wait for the mid terms.” And then “wait until after reelection.” In short, members of a cult can never have the leader of the cult criticized. That is how the Republicans have done it, and no one is as zealous as a convert.
That was Big Tent Democrat referring to this from John Cole:
Speaking for me only, it has not even been a week since he won the office, he has appointed approximately two people to his staff (Emanuel and Gibbs), has just barely gotten change.gov off the ground, and has made no cabinet appointments. We are months away from him being sworn in. He has not even settled on a school for his kids, and the left-wing circular firing squad is already in “Ready! Fire! Aim” mode.
Just please shut the fuck up until he actually does something you disagree with, you WATB. Hillary Clinton wouldn’t have been any better. We are at the end of an eight year nightmare and you loudmouth morons are cutting off Obama at the knees before he even sets foot in the damned White House as President. Wankers.
There is lots more, including several more recent posts, each with unhinged diatribes in the comments, but it’s not for those with weak stomachs. It should be noted that Mr. Cole was a rabid conservative supporter of George W. Bush and the war in Iraq, although he has now scrubbed his archives of some of his more egregious posts made in support of that “eight year nightmare.” He has been consistent though, regardless of what flavor of Kool-aid he drinks, he goes ballistic whenever his chosen leader is criticized.
Now some of you might be wondering “Why is the Petulant Clown bringing the stench of Obama troll into the genteel refuge of The Confluence?” I have two reasons. First of all, we can’t forget what we are up against. The words of John Cole are an example of the undiluted ideology and mindset of Obamanation. Cole and his blog regulars are some of Obama’s earliest and most fanatic supporters, his Sturmabteilung. Their words and actions belie the beneficent image cultivated by their leader.
Secondly, the attacks on Big Tent Democrat clearly demonstrate that there will be no truce, no peaceful coexistence with Obamanation. Even conversion and immersion in Kool-aid would not satisfy or abate the fury of the Cheeto-eaters. Despite their avid support for Obama (and deranged hatred of Sarah Palin) in the general election, Taylor Marsh, Jeralyn and BTD are treated with hatred and contempt because of their former opposition to Teh Precious.
They will never tolerate any criticism of Teleprompter Jesus, or permit any “loyal opposition.” We may as well remain rebels because we will always be treated like traitors.