Deborah Howell, Welcome to Left Wing Lunacy
When you play with Pit Bulls…
It’s hard to feel sorry for Deborah Howell at the Washington Post. She wrote an article on Jack Abramoff last week that enraged her peers on the Left. She suggested that the Abramoff Scandal was a bi-partisan scandal. It is. The Left went so berzerk that the Washington Post had to shut down its comments section for good.
So, today Daborah tried to clear the air. I don’t think Deborah did much better with her follow up:
But there is no doubt about the campaign contributions that were directed to lawmakers of both parties. Records from the Federal Election Commission and the Center for Public Integrity show that Abramoff’s Indian clients contributed money to 195 Republicans and 88 Democrats between 1999 and 2004. The Post also has copies of lists sent to tribes by Abramoff with his personal directions on which members were to receive what amounts.
Michael Crowley of the New Republic said in his blog that “while for all practical purposes this is indisputably a Republican scandal, the narrow liberal-blogger definition of whether any Democrats took money ‘from Abramoff’ — which neatly excludes contributions he directed his clients to make — amounts to foolish semantics.”
These facts have been reported many times in The Post and elsewhere. So why would it cause me to be called a “right-wing whore” and much worse?
Here’s where Deborah gets real honest:
There is no more fervent believer in the First Amendment than I am, and I will fight for those e-mailers’ right to call me a liar and Republican shill with salt for brains. But I am none of those.
This is good:
But it is profoundly distressing if political discourse has sunk to a level where abusive name-calling and the crudest of sexual language are the norm, where facts have no place in an argument. This unbounded, unreasoning rage is not going to help this newspaper, this country or democracy.
The article is mostly a sob story by an abandoned Leftie turned away by vicious peers and shocked that she was not allowed to tell the truth without being attacked and called a whore. (Maybe I’m a little old fashioned but I don’t see the connection between someone writing something you disagree with and them being a whore?)
Sadly, it will take Deborah several biased Bush-bashing and America hating articles to put her back into the graces of the loonie left. You can bet she will give it her all, though.