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Jane Hamsher’s crusade to hand government back to conservatives

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Jane Hamsher has gone hog-ass wild. There is no other possible explanation. She has either gone blind with disappointed revenge, or else she’s so vested in being the One Who Is Right that she will get in bed with anyone who will tell her She Is Right.

When One Is Right, One can, evidently use push polls with negatively worded health care reform questions to send a clear message to already-flailing Representatives that they should just retire, and leave the field open for someone else, even if that someone else is Tim Griffin. Yes, THAT Tim Griffin, Karl Rove’s hand-picked US Attorney Replacement in Arkansas.

Here are some other Tim Griffin yummies for you to enjoy. (Remember now, Jane has tacitly endorsed Timmeh to replace a DEMOCRAT in the House of Representatives, so read these with that in mind)

Swiftboat Tim

In 2002, Tim Griffin, who had been working under then Attorney General, Michael Chertoff, left to work as Research Director and Deputy Communications Director for the Republican National Committee and Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign. According to right-wing journalist, Robert Novak, as research director, Tim Griffin worked to dig up “derogatory information about opponents.” As a result of Tim Griffin’s efforts, Novak states, “John Kerry would have been elected president had not Republicans undermined public confidence in his leadership and integrity by assailing his performance as a Swift boat commander in Vietnam.” (Associated Content)

Voter-Suppressor Tim

In 1999, he joined the Bush campaign to oversee “opposition research” and then became legal advisor to the “Bush-Cheney 2000 Florida Recount Team.” Griffin served again as director of opposition research for the Bush/Cheney 2004 re-election campaign, and — as Greg Palast has exhaustively documented — spearheaded efforts to prevent minorities and poor voters from voting in 2004, especially in Florida. In 2005, Griffin became Karl Rove’s top aide in the White House, and then found himself in the middle of the U.S. Attorney scandal when Rove engineered the forced resignation of Arkansas U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins, to be replaced by . . . Tim Griffin, who then oversaw all federal investigations and prosecutions for the entire state of Arkansas. (Salon)

Florida Recount Tim

The efforts to purge voters from registration rolls was spearheaded by Tim Griffin, a former Republican National Committee opposition researcher. Griffin recently resigned from his post as interim US attorney for Little Rock Arkansas. His predecessor, Bud Cummins, was forced out to make way for Griffin. (Truthout)

Here are a few more details on Mr. Swiftboat, Mr. Voter Suppression and Mr. Recount. Let’s not forget Mr. Puppet US Attorney, too.

There is no question that Snyder’s Arkansas district was a long shot. But now it’s a no shot.

Jane’s Game

As far as I can tell, Jane’s strategy is to screw everyone who she thinks screwed her. We all know where she stands: She believes the health care reform bill is no bill at all. She believes it should be killed. She believes our President is a sellout and the next worst thing to the AntiChrist, and has no compunction about teaming up with Grover Norquist to make her point crystal-clear.

Here’s the term you were looking for to describe Jane: Firebagger. (Go read that post to find out where your FDL donations have gone.  Hint: think video, taxes, Obama/McCain comparisons).

The bottom line here is when a “leader” leads to disunity and chaos, when a “leader” opens the door and invites the likes of Tim Griffin to come on in and take that Democrat’s seat virtually unopposed, when a “leader” actively works to undermine the agenda of the first President in eight years who is actually getting stuff done, then that “leader” is no leader at all. They’re simply a bitter, angry firebagger.

I would also like to publicly ask for Jane to be as transparent as she wants everyone else to be and fully disclose the funding sources for FDL so that we can rule out Scaife, Norquist, Citizens United, and Newt Gingrich.

It’s time that we reject firebaggers and teabaggers alike and start behaving like adults who understand the need for compromise and rational thought. No more tantrums. Action.

Update: My friends Laffy and Paddy over at The Political Carnival wonder if Democrats hate success. Or put another way, are we just so used to being on the outside we don’t understand what it’s like to govern?

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