Top Obama adviser David Axelrod got an earful of the liberal blogosphere's anger at the White House moments ago, when a blogger on a conference call directly called out Axelrod over White House criticism of the left, accusing the administration of "hippie punching."
"We're the girl you'll take under the bleachers but you won't be seen with in the light of day," the blogger, Susan Madrak of Crooks and Liars, pointedly told Axelrod on the call, which was organzied for liberal bloggers and progressive media.
Republicans fear their base. Democrats despise theirs.
Axelrod didn't engage on "hippie punching," but he said he agreed with the blogger. "To the extent that we shouldn't get involved in intramural skirmishing, I couldn't agree more," Axelrod said. "We just can't afford that. There are big things at stake here."
Madrak replied that Axelrod was missing the point -- that the criticism of the left made it tougher for bloggers like herself to motivate the base. "Don't make our jobs harder," she said.
"Right back at'cha. Right back at'cha," Axelrod replied, a bit testily, an apparent reference to blogospheric criticism of the administration.
Exeunt AXELROD and company, Stage LEFT.
It's high school all over again. Jock Teabaggers beat up on Preppie Republicans, Preppie Republicans take it out on the Gossip Village, the Gossip Village in turn takes it out on the Wannabe Democrats, the Wannabe Democrats in turn take it out on Emo Progressives, and the Emo Progressives beat themselves up.
Fecal matter gravitates downward along the slope.