The empty swagger of keyboard commandos

The runnup to the Iraq war involved the mobilization of what Tbogg dubbed the 101st Fighting Keyboarders - right wing war enthusiasts on the Internet explaining Sun Tzu and pretending Tom Clancy novels were real-life (to his credit, the real Tom Clancy opposed the war). The Obama administration has seen the activation of the Left Wing of this famous unit - a group of macho, rough, tough, internet typists who relentlessly inform us that President Obama is weak, cowardly, on his knees, even "bending over", capitulating, providing "reach arounds", and so on, in a never ending and embarrassingly explicit "venting" of stuff that is, bizarrely, considered appropriate language for discussing politics. The "left", it turns out, wants just as much as the right to be swept away by some macho superhero with a big gun (if you know what I mean ) instead of having to deal with the pragmatic reality of governing and getting stuff done.

Poor President Obama, who has to try to cajole a US Congress composed mostly of venal crooks, third rate hacks, and out and out loons, sneak a message out past a US Press Corps that has taken superficial narrative to levels heretofore unimaginable, and get some support from a confused and fractured public. How can he compete with Arny or even Mission Accomplished Man for the admiration of people who "just want him to fight"? Maybe the President needs to obtain a costume and present his message in the form of a 3rd person shooter video game. The "left", or as they like to call themselves "the principled left" finds the President to lack "Leadership" and to be weak. He's like a cripple in a wheelchair.

Or worse than that - like a GIRL who reads books and wears glasses.

Or even worse, not just female but a black female. Because Rosa Parks clearly lacked the courage of people who fume online - or so we are told- imagine, just letting herself get arrested like that.

Clearly, the "left" would prefer someone more like this:

a computer animation! That guy knows LEADERSHIP, by gosh. And speaking of "by gosh", maybe there is some nostalgia for people who just knew how talk tough.

Perhaps the extended period of time in which some people have sustained a high level of anger is sending them back to reactionary stereotypes and to mentalities that pre-date the Civil Rights and Feminist Movements.

Imagine this: a "feminist" blogger who, as a Clinton supporter, complained about the "sexism" of the Obama campaign and was so incensed by this supposed sexism that she said she would not support Obama in the general election was invited to talk to David Axelrod and came up with the following.
Madrak asked, “I’m a blogger, and I don’t know if you know this term, but are you familiar with the term hippie-punching?”
There was about a 15-second pause. “Go ahead,” said Axelrod.
She continued. “Liberals and bloggers feel like we’re the girl you take under the bleachers but won’t be seen with in the light of day.”
And this peculiar query was greeted with applause by many "left" bloggers. There's something really awry with the left-bloggers model of gender roles, leadership, and what makes people strong or weak. It's gone beyond embarrassing and become something that just has to stop.

And here is Bell Hooks explaining it all in context.

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