That Giant Flushing Sound You Hear…

…is thousands of diaries at Daily Kos getting purged in the wake of the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford (D-AZ).

Gifford is a moderate, “blue dog” Democrat. She refused to vote for Pelosi for speaker last week, and is a staunch advocate of border security. One of her constituents was a Kos diarist, and posted this entry last week:

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My CongressWOMAN voted against Nancy Pelosi! And is now DEAD to me! Hotlist

Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 11:07:17 AM PST

I am from the Tucson area and live in
Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords’ district. I worked like a dog for her
elections when she was in the Arizona House, surrounded by rightwing
nutcases. When Arizona re-districted in 2002, a seat opened up and she
was right smack in the middle of it. So was I because I live in Oro
Valley, Arizona, which is at the heart of that – then – new CD. I was
one of several people to talk her into running and pledging complete
loyalty and pledging to raise as much money as possible for her.

She ended up running for the first time against a fellow AZ House
member, Randy Graf who was a rightwing whacko who advocated guns in bars
and was the “Russell Pearce before Russell Pearce” vis-a-vis
border issues. With a LOT of hard work and plenty of money, Gabby won.
Easier than thought, too. I never like to throw money in people’s faces,
but i have given Gabrielle Giffords THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of dollars
in both good times and bad times for me financially.

Fast forward to this election season. A weirdo asshole named Jesse Kelly who advocated ELIMINATING
Social Security and was a tea bagger favorite got the GOP nom to run
against her. I am gay and had been married and my spouse left me January
15, 2010. I shot myself in the mouth in a serious suicide attempt,
because of that. Barely surviving, I spent two months in the hospital
and still have some paralysis. I did receive a severance from my
employer, as i had been laid off in December, 2009. That may have been
part of the reason my spouse left me.

Anyway, after months of physical and mental rehab, I got back into
the political scene and started working for Gabby once again. I raised
over $100,000 for her and maxed her out myself out of my severance, even
though i still don’t have work and could not qualify for state aid
because of my severance.

She wins her re-election and told me she was still a supporter of
Speaker Pelosi at her victory party. We talked about how Nancy Pelosi
was a successful woman and accomplished oh so much in just four years as Speaker.

Today, just a little while ago, I saw on Andrea Mitchell Reports (out
of the one eye in can still see out of) that Giffords voted AGAINST
Nancy Pelosi as our Minority Leader. Rhetorical question:  I fought
back from my condition and jumped in with both feet to help Gabrielle
Giffords for THIS shit???

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is dead to me now. I won’t lift a finger, make one phone call, nor will i EVER vote for her in the future. And why did she do this? Giffords never told me she was conservative Democrat. And her voting record is okay. Damn.

No link, of course. We’re talking about Kos — embarrassing things get deleted immediately. Nothing to see, nothing going on, never happened, move along, keep toeing the party line.

It’s too early for substantive speculation, but the latest reports say 19 people were shot, five fatally, one gunman in custody, and police are looking for a possible second gunman. To me, that says “automatic weapons” and “planned hit.” And in that part of the world, that says Mexican drug cartels.

But that’s all just speculation. We have no hard facts on motive, or even on the identity of the captured shooter.

Update: here’s the Google cache of the original article, complete with comments.

Update 2: Here’s the head Kossack, Kos himself: (Courtesy Ace)

Who to primary? Well, I’d argue that we can narrow the target list by looking at those Democrats who sold out the Constitution last week. I’ve bolded members of the Blue Dogs for added emphasis.

  • Giffords, Gabrielle (AZ-08)

Not all of these people will get or even deserve primaries, but this vote certainly puts a bulls eye on their district.

Anyone wanna put wagers on how long that one will stay public?

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