We've been asked by Dr. Robert Newsome, the leading researcher of internet rage, to assist in his work chronicling the predicted double explosion coming from the Supreme Court's ruling on the consolidated Affordable Care Act cases, and the vote by the House of Representatives on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt.
And we're asking you to help.
Your mission is to help us find the most egregious example of hysterical, shrieking outrage, or smug, gloating condescension, produced on the World Wide Web today.
The contest opens today at 10:30 a.m., eastern time. It closes 24 hours later.
To make an entry, leave one link in comments. Multiple links may trigger our spam filter, even for veteran commenters. If you have multiple nominees, leave a comment for each.
The authors of this site will judge all links submitted. In general, more prominent websites and writers will be given more credit, but that doesn't mean that the archliberal or archconservative guy who frequents the "politics and other stuff" section of your gardening forum cannot win. More than prominence, we want bitching and whining. More than thoughtful analysis, we want predictions of DOOM for the American republic, or a holocaust for women, minorities, the poor, and children.
For this reason, entries from Andrew Sullivan, Paul Krugman, Debbie Schlussel, and Rush Limbaugh are automatically disqualified. That would be making it easy.
The prize for winning this contest will be a new DVD of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, shipped directly to you by Amazon, the deluxe edition if we can get it.
For this reason, you must leave a valid email address with your comment, i.e., not firstname.lastname@example.org. If you win, we will contact you for a shipping address. You do not need to tell us your real name. We're perfectly happy shipping the dvd to, to pick an example of a pseudonymous commenter who lurks here, SPQR, but we have to know how to get in touch with SPQR.
No one with author privileges at Popehat is eligible for the prize, even past authors who haven't written here for four years, nor are their spouses and significant others.
Good luck, and happy hunting!
Update: The judges have spoken!