For those of you who don't remember him, Joe Klein (aka. "Jokeline") is the Button Gwinnett of American media Both Siderism -- definitely one of it's Founding Fathers, but if you threatened the average American at knife-point they could not tell you who he was or what he did.
So, a quick history.
Once upon a time Joe Klein wrote one article in which he very grudgingly acknowledged that on one, specific occasion the Left kinda, sorta had a point (cited via my post on this subject from 2009):
The dyspepsia of the left blogosphere is less easily explained, though. It has its roots in an issue the left got right and almost everyone else got wrong: the war in Iraq. There is still intense, unabated anger on the left because its opposition to the war was often ridiculed and almost always ignored in 2003
But to keep the icky hippie off of his clothes he buried his extremely reluctant acknowledgement of the Left being right in a typically long, bitchy Jokeline tirade against the otherwise unrelieved idiocy of the Left, which started with the title --
The Left's Idiocy on Health Reform
-- and grumped along, one defensive, snide, "Please don't hit me, I swear I hate Libruls tooooo!" paragraph after another. Here is a sample:
But there is a great irony here: villagery is a trope more applicable to those making the accusation than to those being snarked upon. The left-wing blogosphere, at its worst, is a claustrophobic hamlet of the well educated, less interested in meaningful debate than the "village" it mocks. (At its best, it is a source of clever and well-informed anti-Establishment commentary.) Indeed, it resembles nothing so much as that other, more populous hamlet, the right-wing Fox News and Limbaugh slum ...
Which is why, seven years later, for reasons known only God and the ghost of Henry Luce, Time Magazine still pays Jokeline actual money to be part of the Beltway's own “madogiwa zoku" -- those who sit idly by the window...and crank out ridiculous Both Siderism piece-work.
And why, like the poorly weighted remains of an incompetent mob hit, Jokeline still bobs to the surface of the great Beltway swamp every now and then, all bloated and awful. This time around, we find Jokeline sitting for an "debate" yesterday with David Frum on the BBC where he said this:
BBC news reader: ...How would you define the Trump voter?Klein: Well, according to the polls, the Trump voter is white, less educated and angry. It is an anger that has been fed for the last 10 or 20 years from right wing talk radio...(wait for it)(wait for it)...but also from left wing demagogues.
Attaboy, Joe! For that you get a cookie, a pat on the head and you get to keep charging his hotel bar tab to Time magazine.
But what is really amazing in this exchange is former George Bush speechwriter, glowing Bush Administration hagiographer, and political wind-sock, David Frum, who -- without ever acknowledging or apologizing for his role in the Bush clusterfuck -- has figured out which way the wind is blowing now and has completely o'erleaped his colleagues and remade himself as...
...a Liberal blogger from 2006.
Which, first, wow.
And second, did I miss the big cattle call for people to step forward and speak terrible truths about the Bush Administration and the Republican party base? Because if there are now suddenly openings for people to say things out loud and on camera for which Liberal bloggers were being either roundly ignored or loudly vilified by hacks like David Frum and Joe Klein back in 2006. why not bring in some, I dunno, Liberals who were blogging back in 2006 instead of Time magazine Both Siderist madogiwa zoku like Joe Klein and a former George Bush speechwriter, Bush Administration hagiographer, and political wind-sock like David Frum?