I get rather regular hysteria from her in my inbox, which I've pretty much ignored - there's enough mountains to climb without sweating molehills along the way. But today, I clicked open yet another urgent call to action entitled HUGE SCANDAL BREWING, and discovered that she's frothing at the mouth over Jonathan Gruber.
Give me a fucking break.
I'm not even going to dignify her bullshit with a link. I'm sure you can find it plastered all over FDL. She's screeching about Gruber being "paid $780,000 by the Obama administration." I used to think Jane was a smart woman, but if she can't tell the difference between a fucking research grant and money paid direct by the White House, she's just as stupid as the Cons I regularly beat on this blog.
Paul Krugman ably disposed of this supposed scandal, and has an additional bit of advice Jane should really take to heart:
There's plenty of real scandal to be going on with, Jane. Leave the fake scandals to the Cons. Maybe then, I'll feel inclined to open your emails, and possibly even sign the occasional petition. It's possible I'll even start visiting FDL again, once some of the sound and fury signifying absolutely fucking nothing has subsided.What the folks at Firedoglake should ask themselves is this: do you really want to become just like the right-wingers with their endless supply of fake scandals?
The folks at FDL used to do excellent work. I hope they manage to do it again. But based on all the manufactured outrage that's spilled from there over the last several months, I'll die of asphyxiation if I hold my breath.