Glenn Greenwald, hater [Karl]
Glenn Greenwald (a/k/a Ã¢â‚¬Å“Rick Ellensburg,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Thomas Ellers,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ellison,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“WilsonÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“RyanÃ¢â‚¬Â) was so upset by Politico reporter Mike Allen’s use of the phrase “left wing haters” on a radio show that he was compelled to e-mail Allen with questions including,Ã‚Â “Is anyone who believes that the media was too deferential to the Bush administration in the run-up to the war a ‘left-wing hater?’” andÃ‚Â ”Can you give a few examples of the ‘left-wing haters’ you were referencing?”
Allen essentially blew him off, which I totally understand.
However, for the record, I note that National Review’s Byron York did a fairly lengthy piece on Bush haters on September 4, 2003.Ã‚Â Shortly thereafter, TNR’s Jonathan Chait wrote an essay titled, “Mad About You: The Case For Bush Hatred,” which begins with “I hate President George W. Bush. There, I said it,” and extends beyond his policies to the way he walks and talks.Ã‚Â Chait added:
There seem to be quite a few of us Bush haters. I have friends who have a viscerally hostile reaction to the sound of his voice or describe his existence as a constant oppressive force in their daily psyche. Nor is this phenomenon limited to my personal experience: Pollster Geoff Garin, speaking to The New York Times, called Bush hatred Ã¢â‚¬Å“as strong as anything IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve experienced in 25 years now of polling.Ã¢â‚¬Â Columnist Robert Novak described it as a Ã¢â‚¬Å“hatred Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ that I have never seen in 44 years of campaign watching.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Chait is clearly not a member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.Ã‚Â Nor areÃ‚Â writers like David Corn and Hedrik Hertzberg, who are quoted by Howie Kurtz following up on Chait’s essay.Ã‚Â Kurtz also quotes from a column by Paul Krugman stating that “there is no way to be both honest and polite about what has happened in these past three years.”Ã‚Â Steve Benen blogged about the Chait piece: “ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rare when one article can capture another personÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sentiment so perfectly that one finds himself nodding almost uncontrollably while reading it.” The late Molly Ivins was just fine with being called a hater.
Last year, Gary Kamiya wrote an essay titled, “Life After Bush,” which begins: “Hating George W. Bush sometimes feels like a full-time job.”Ã‚Â Kamiya is an editorialÃ‚Â writer-at-large and former executive editorÃ‚Â at Salon — the site for which Ellensburg is a regular columnist.
There are some people who treat our conflicts with the Bush administration and their followers as just a matter of basic, friendly political and policy differencesÃ¢â‚¬â€along the lines of Ã¢â‚¬Å“what should the rate of capital gains tax be?Ã¢â‚¬Â or Ã¢â‚¬Å“what type of laws can best encourage employers to provide more benefits to their employeesÃ¢â‚¬ÂÃ¢â‚¬â€and therefore, we treat people who support the administration with respect and civility and simply have nice, clean discussions to sort out our differences among well-intentioned people.
That isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t how I see that, and nobody should come to this blog expecting that. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve done anything to lead anyone to expect otherwise. I see the Bush movement and its various component parts as a plague and a threat, as anything but well-intentioned.
In short, not all of the Bush Administration’s critics are left-wing haters, but some of them are.Ã‚Â Greenwald may not think of himself as left-wing, but he is — by his own words — a hater.