They say you can judge a person by his or her enemies, and if that is the criterion to use, then Emma Sullivan belongs on the United States Supreme Court. Not only did she get the Great and Powerful Brownback and his internet-scouring minions ticked off enough to try and squish her via her own high school principal (and the latter personage is a true profile in spinelessness for letting Brownback’s machine lean on him in that way), and not only has she likely ticked them off even more by exposing their jackassery to the world with such thoroughness that they were forced to backpedal big-time, but she’s managed to cause Ruth Marcus to bestir from a befogged slumber long enough to lob a truly stupid column Emma’s way.
If you’re not familiar with Marcus, let cocktailhag fill you in:
Ruth Marcus isn’t the stupidest person at the Washington Post, nor is she the most craven. But as Jon Stewart memorably said, that’s like being the thinnest kid at fat camp. Although she’s regularly identified as a “liberal,” she nonetheless frequently types such insulting Fox News horseshit such as her column today about how Robert Gibbs is right about liberals all being on drugs. Better yet, she uses many specific cases in which the liberal positions were obviously more rational, frugal, legal, and honest than the positions chosen by the Obama Administration were, to build her “case,” such as it is.
I’m with Gibbs.
At times I’ve found White House press secretary Robert Gibbs to be unnecessarily irascible, and maybe his lashing out at the constant grumbling of the “professional left” wasn’t the best tactic. You want the base worked up — but for you, not about you.
When Republicans fire up the base with little theatre like wars and stuff, that’s playing the Village Game well; when Democrats try to offer, well, superior policy initiatives that are also good politics, that’s not playing fair.
Marcus is a fair and balanced courtier, truly bipartisan in her desire to excuse, if not outright glorify, vicious actions on the parts of the Dear Leaders. As Glenn Greenwald reminded us earlier today, Marcus was cheerleading for the Bush Administration officials that came up with and implemented the diastrous and tragic war in Iraq to be let off scot-free.
So it’s not at all surprising that she’s not at all outraged at Brownback’s creepy, ego-driven monitoring of the internet, or his bringing the power of his office to bear against a high school senior; no, she’s outraged that the shameless little hussy Emma Sullivan should dare to sass such a superior being as Brownback:
If you were my daughter, you’d be writing that letter apologizing to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback for the smartalecky, potty-mouthed tweet you wrote after meeting with him on a school field trip.
Also, that smartphone? The one you posed with, proudly displaying the tweet in which you announced that Brownback “sucked” and added the lovely hashtag #heblowsalot? Turned off until you learn to use it responsibly.
Isn’t that amazing? As in Amazingly Daft? It’s like she’s channeling Stephen Colbert and doesn’t realize that he’s a put-on.
Better writers than I have already lined up to take their licks at Marcus — Charles Pierce and the aforementioned Greenwald among them — but I just couldn’t help getting in line to do so myself.