I hit the PuffingTons Host, as I’m wont to do, and noticed the following blog post titles:
A Tortuous Distraction by Craig Crawford.
The Lights Are On at the White House But Nobody’s Home by Robert J Elisburg.
Republicans Tread on the Constitution for Political Gain by Rep. Jane Harman.
Today’s Campaign News by Alex Maccaullum.
and The Tidal Wave Heading Straight For the Hall of Mirrors by David Sirota.
Missing: required condemnation of Chavez. The continued silence will just further alienate the left thinkers from the rest of the country. Everyone on the Left needs to come out and say Chavez does not speak for them, or they risk being identified as a Chavez Liberal.
Today you’ll find the Chavez story nearly buried, below the “scroll” as it were at the PuffingTons Host, with 877 comments. Oh, the comments. You can tell so much from a site from the comments. Here’s a selection:
Wow, Hugo didn’t hold back at all. This must be bad for George’s God complex. “Smells like sulfur still.” Ouch! By: Ariadne on September 20, 2006 at 11:50am
Well, Bush said he was a ‘uniter’. To date he’s been very successful in uniting a large portion of the world’s population against the U.S. I guess we can no longer call him a total failure. By: neverbeenfooled on September 20, 2006 at 11:56am
Couldn’t have said it better myself. By: wsblake on September 20, 2006 at 11:57am
Devil, not so much. Anti-Christ could be. By: Henk on September 20, 2006 at 11:58am
Hugo gives George way too much credit. Bush isn’t the devil. He’s just one of the devil’s MINIONS. By: civildisobedience on September 20, 2006 at 11:59am
I do not like Bush, and I do not like Chavez, but I have to give to Hugo. The Divil and the sulphur were the best I have heard lately. From now on see if people are holding their nose around Bush. I wonder who wrote Hugo’s speach????? By: Sueblue on September 20, 2006 at 12:04pm
although chavez says a lot of bullshit,most of what he says is true.this country should be ashamed,while we let israel destroy lebanon unabated.the united states is finished.way to go chimpy and all you pseudo christian republicans.cheneybush is the devil. By: jesusjuice on September 20, 2006 at 12:06pm
What a breath of fresh air from the UN ! Wow Chavez. Some of us, watching the tv at night can have had similar thoughts but daren’t say a word. In the Western world it has become tricky to question these types of policies aiming at somebody’s democracy. The cluster bombs killing the childern in the last hours of the Lebanese crisis was one of those moments. Chavez had some points. By: Beaubourg on September 20, 2006 at 12:07pm
And that’s just the first page. (Formatting was removed for space considerations)
To be fair, there were some people who were upset at this– good. They get it. Take poster rhlck9, who said this early on:
This motherfu@#er should be taken out immediatly! I think Bush is an idiot but we need to KILL this man as soon as possible! FU@# him and his PU$$Y Country
And then, after reading some of the other comments, responded with this:
That crazy bastard is the main reason we need to become energy independant. I can’t believe I am reading Americans defend this man. Put your hatrid aside for a moment and understand that he is not a fan of our Democratic Party either. I believe that those backing this man should just go ahead and admit that you would rather live in a Communist Society.
Any denouncements at the DU? There’s this little blurb about Chavez not being a dictator. And then there much arguing about Chavez, but nobody really vetting Hugo’s remarks.
And Kos has nothing, not even any coverage of the Chavez speech, which alludes the other strategy available: ignore it and hope it goes away.