The Washington Post has a long article on left wing bloggers in general and Maryscott O’Connor in particular called The Left, Online and Outraged. So, let’s examine who this “angry left” is.
In the angry life of Maryscott O’Connor, the rage begins as soon as she opens her eyes and realizes that her president is still George W. Bush. The sun has yet to rise and her family is asleep, but no matter; as soon as the realization kicks in, O’Connor, 37, is out of bed and heading toward her computer.
Out there, awaiting her building fury: the Angry Left, where O’Connor’s reputation is as one of the angriest of all. “One long, sustained scream” is how she describes the writing she does for various Web logs, as she wonders what she should scream about this day.
She smokes a cigarette. Should it be about Bush, whom she considers “malevolent,” a “sociopath” and “the Antichrist”? She smokes another cigarette. Should it be about Vice President Cheney, whom she thinks of as “Satan,” or about Karl Rove, “the devil”? Should it be about the “evil” Republican Party, or the “weaselly, capitulating, self-aggrandizing, self-serving” Democrats, or the Catholic Church, for which she says “I have a special place in my heart . . . a burning, sizzling, putrescent place where the guilty suffer the tortures of the damned”?
“I was not like this before,” she says. “I was riddled with empathy for everyone suffering in the world. Classic bleeding-heart liberal.”
She signed petitions. She boycotted veal. She canvassed for Greenpeace. She donated to Planned Parenthood. She read the Nation, the New Yorker, the Utne Reader and Mother Jones. She agonized over low wages for overseas workers every time she bought a $40 leather purse.
Then George W. Bush was elected. Then came 9/11, Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, the Patriot Act, secret prisons, domestic eavesdropping, the revamping of the Supreme Court, and the thought “It has come to the point where the worst people on Earth are running the Earth.” And now, “I have become one of those people with all the bumper stickers on their car,” she says. “I am this close to being one of those muttering people pushing a cart.
“I’m insane with rage and grief.
I say she’s just insane.
Take a look at some of the other lefty bloggers who were also profiled:
“I just want to see these [expletive] swinging from their heels in the public square,” reads a recent comment from someone named Dave in a discussion about the Bush administration on a Web site called Eschaton.
In other words, he want to do to the Bush administration what the terrorists did to the American contractors in Fallujah.
“Laura Bush Talks; No One Gives a [expletive],” someone who calls himself the Rude Pundit writes on his Web site, and he continues: “The Rude Pundit doesn’t give a retarded dog drool what Laura Bush has to say about the Olympics.”
“I feel like I’m being molested everytime I hear his voice,” one person writes on the Daily Kos Web site while watching a Bush news conference.
These people are consumed by their hatred toward President Bush. They wake up angry and they go to bed angry. It’s quite the irony, isn’t it, how they allow the man they hate with every fiber of their bodies complete control over their lives.