Sometimes it is hard to be a liberal. Your side claims most of the comedians and the writers, so you figure that you are on the side with the sense of humor. But for the huge blind spot where you are the subject of the joke.
Take, for example, Dijongate. As I write this post, it has 2360 entries. By the time I finally post this, I'm sure there will be many more. Why? Because even the silliest joke has to become evidence that the conservatives are crazy, immediately proving a lot more about the speaker.
It starts with Legal Insurrection noticing that MSNBC edited out the part of Obama's lunchtime burger jaunt where he asked for dijon mustard. He pretends that there is a media conspiracy but the post is little more than a standard "Democrats are sissy-mary elitists with crustless bread and fake concern for the poor" jab. The post, if you have half a brain, is a joke.
As a friend of mine put it, "trolling is a delicate art" and the conservative blogosphere knows chum when it sees it. Other sites jumped on the story*. Legal Insurrection updated the original post 9 times before moving on to make fun of the humorless liberals who flooded the comments section.
The liberals didn't fail to disappoint. For example, Crooks and Liars thinks this is part of a conspiracy to chip away at Obama's dignity and rumproast couldn't believe how many updates the silly mustard post had!
Of course there were 9 updates! A silly story is made even sillier if you run down every angle like you are breaking Watergate. With every comment like "This is incredible!i don't think I have ever watched somebody go bug f*cking crazy on a blog before." or "The reason that "the media" isn't making fun of Obama as much as they did Bush is because Obama has the difficult job of cleaning up the fucking mess that Bush created.", liberals embarrass themselves a little bit more.
Should I care that Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham all picked up on it also? NO! All of them earn their paychecks by inflating petty stuff like this and – I don't think most of my colleagues get this – playing it for laughs.
Note to My Team: We have the White House, the Senate, the House of Representatives and soon a lot of the Judiciary. Let them make fun of the fucking mustard.
* I should note that while both Instapundit and Hot Air gave the story wider circulation, they both saw it for the gag that it was meant to be.
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