As if we haven’t heard enough from him this week (“Once you get enough people on the government’s ‘tits,’” and “Obamunism”) The Union’s “columnist” and hard-right political activist George Rebane has stooped to calling me a “sleazebag,” “leftwinger,” even publishing one-year-old, surreptitious photos of me standing on the street and laughing at my, well, “capacity” — all in a single post on his blog.
“Sleaze bag?” Why that’s almost as bad as calling somebody a “raghead,” another one of George’s words. But honestly, photographing and publishing somebody at close range without asking them is sort of creepy.
And this from a “doctor,” (Ph.D) no less. How educational!
As for the substance (no pun intended), this overt name-calling isn’t going to change any outcome, including these:
•George said he voted for Sue McGuire, not Nate Beason, in the District 1 Supervisor race. “Voting for Sue McGuire and Doug LaMalfa,” his post read.
•George tried to downplay the outcome.
It seems to peeve George and his pals Russell Steele, Todd Juvinall, RL Crabb (a cartoonist for The Union, who even drew one about me) etc., to no end that I never level the same criticism to “the other side.”
I don’t need to. They proved my point again — the problem in the community is a small, vocal faction of the hard right (not moderate Republicans, Democrats or the far left). They are incorrigible, and for years, many conservatives — and the management of The Union newspaper — have just looked the other way.
It’s embarrassing to be a Republican in this community, at least some of my GOP friends think so.
It’s time to change all this.
After all, do you know ANYBODY from the “other side” who acts like this group of people? Drawing a cartoon in a newspaper about a blogger (“inside baseball,” at best)? Calling somebody a “sleaze bag” in a blog by a newspaper columnist?
If I was the manager, I’d just tell them to ignore it — or fire them for poor judgment.
After all, I’m a decline to state voter who has voted for Republicans and Democrats over the years. What if I really was “very liberal”?
Is this what Peter Van Zant and Izzy Martin (who are very liberal) put up with from the local hard right? Did Tom McClintock set an example for the hard right by saying it was time to get rid of the “left-wing” clerk recorder, or telling people to “agitate”? Is this a strategy? Is somebody going to start sending more unwanted magazine subscriptions to my house?
I’m sorry that novelist Tom Wolfe can’t come to this community and write about certain elements of it. Truth is stranger than fiction.
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