Friday, May 29, 2009

Scratching the Nut Smeggers

It is an outrage! And the folks who love My Left Nut Smeg are not going to take it!

The New Republic just ran an article on Chris Dodd and his travails where it mentioned in the second paragraph "Today, Dodd--five-term senator, established Washington powerbroker, the man whose "magnificent handshake," The New York Times gushed two years ago, is "the grip of a pro, a ... political pro, which he is"--has been reduced to shoring up his liberal bona fides by railing against credit card companies on a blog called My Left Nutmeg (motto: "Where Connecticut Dems Scratch That Progressive Itch"). Despite representing a solidly blue state, he is, in his own words, an "underdog" in his reelection bid--perhaps the most vulnerable Democratic incumbent in the Senate."

There was no outrage about the characterization of Dodd's difficulties. No, instead there was anger at the fact that the New Republic had the temerity to suggest that his appearance on My Left Nut Smeg was a reduction in his standing. They bristled that their format was not being given the respect it deserves!

Matt Browner Hamlin totally wets his pants in rage writing on his blog in a post titled Stupid Attacks: "All of this is to say that Dodd has not been “reduced” to anything this cycle. He is doing what he’s always done - engage constituents in meaningful ways. He’s long viewed MLN as a key part of the Connecticut progressive-Democratic infrastructure and that he’s continuing to engage it not is not only not a shocking, bad thing, but a positive note that augurs well for his reelection prospects."

The always excellent Connecticut Bob also weighs in slamming New Republic for failing to do research because Dodd was also on MLN back in March of 2007, so he must not see himself as "reduced" to anything.

Let's have some perspective. New Republic didn't fail to take MLN seriously because of its content, or the quality of writing, or the significance it does or doesn't have in Connecticut's political landscape.

MLN is not taken seriously because the title of their blog is a genital metaphor, and their catchphrase is about itchie balls.

Hey, you guys wanted to be edgie and have your blog conjur up the image of someone fiddling with a fungal scrotum. That was your call. I happen to think it is apt. But don't get upset when people can't see behind the balls joke.

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