Proving that no good deed goes unpunished in Kos-land, I posted this diary today, and got flamed like a champ.

Ok, so I wrote a diary with a lot of invective in it against Jane Hamsher. ?I apologize to this community for the invective. ?I do not apologize to Jane Hamsher. ?Here’s why.

First, I’m an Italian/Polish kid from Cleveland, which means, among other things, I have a big, loud mouth. You have to warm up those pipes if you’re gonna fight for the government cheese on the table when you’re a kid in 1976.

And being an Ohio blogger who’s spent 20 years active at every level of Ohio politics fighting for Democrats, and ONLY Democrats – well, that doesn’t help tone it down. I like to call myself a Rat Pack Democrat – think Frank Sinatra with a martini and brass knuckles with the mouth of a sailor – in a tuxedo. We don’t fool around in Ohio, and there’s a reason for that.

Every four years, the entire nation, in fact, the world, looks to Ohio to decide who will be our president.

And every four years, every single Democrat in the country expects us Ohio Democrats to put those electoral votes into the Democratic column.

That includes every one of the people who read, comment, diary, and front page at this site.

Every one of you.

We welcome that in Ohio. We relish it. If every four years, the world needs some folks to keep the foul cesspit that is Republicanism from taking over our country, well yes, we’d like that to be us, thank you very much. Bring it.

Sometimes we succeed. Sometimes we fail.

Which brings me to Jane Hamsher.

Every instance of people like Jane Hamsher pulling fast ones from our left flank, like the con job she pulled on the public option only to now propose alliances with teabaggers to kill the entire effort makes it harder for Ohio Democrats to win those electoral votes. The more instances like it, the higher they pile up, the harder it becomes to overcome them.

Why? Because it emboldens Ohio Republicans, gives them solace, and demoralizes Democrats. It makes it harder for the next organizing effort, and the one after that. It makes our congressional delegation turn a deaf ear. In the new blog driven dynamic, such tomfoolery makes Ohio bloggers think twice before joining an organizing effort online. We can’t afford that hesitation, not in Ohio, not when the presidency hangs on a precinct-level thread every four years.

When we fight for Ohio for Democrats, we do so in close quarters, hand to hand, bare knuckle throwdowns. It ain’t pretty. I’ve spent over a year documenting it in video. Our Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner spent a month dodging death threats to keep our election processes clean in 2008.

As tough as it is, it’s a lot of fun, it entertains us as much as it entertains all of you. We love it. It makes our victories that much sweeter.

But it also makes our defeats that much more bitter. We know the precincts where we could have done better, the doors we could have knocked on, the neighborhoods. Those defeats have real consequences for this country, and the entire world. The flip side of Ohio having the opportunity to deliver these electoral votes? Watching the consequences of your failure, especially during the Bush years, is almost unbearable.

And Jane Hamsher is Exhibit A in how we end up in defeat in Ohio. Not because she’s too liberal, or too far left, or too strident, but because she traded on the trust of people in this state, used it to her ends, forced her agenda on our congressional delegation, through Ohio Democratic activists, then flushed it all down the toilet when it suited her self promotion. All to, in the end, propose an absurd alliance with the rotting stinking core of Republicanism which she, and all of you, will be begging us Ohioans to defeat in 2012. All of which, especially if she succeeded in this “kill the bill” alliance with teabaggers, would make delivering those electoral votes even more difficult.

So those are my reasons for getting vulgar in a diary. I promise to be less vulgar in the future. As a commenter noted, a shrill tone, (though entertaining!), doesn’t help. My apologies. Like any Rat Pack Democrat, we’re all softies inside – which is probably why I did a mashup like this during the primaries.

I stand by the substance of my criticisms of Jane Hamsher. And in 2012, when she and every last one of her apologists are begging us to deliver Ohio for our incumbent Democratic president, which will happen as surely as the sun will come up tomorrow, we’ll be remembering her behavior. We keep track.

Because we intend to win Ohio for Barack Obama in 2012. Just so you know.

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  • You make a very convincing case for why Barack Obama and Harry Reid should have worked much harder than they did to achieve real health care reform.

    When Democrats disappoint so many Americans (support for the creation of a public option is far, far greater than is support for the Senate's bad joke on the American people), it “emboldens Ohio Republicans, [it] gives them solace, and [it] demoralizes Democrats. It makes it harder for the next organizing effort, and the one after that.”

    Why should anyone want to help elect Democrats if those we elect aren't going to act in the best interests of the American people, if they're just going to say anything to get elected and then sell us out?

    There are core Democratic Party principles that have been stepped on and thrown out with the trash during this process. I'm not talking about cutting a few deals to pass something that is worth passing. I'm talking about congressional Democrats betraying core principles in order to pass insurance regulation that doesn't create real competition and will be difficult to enforce at best.

    It?s a very bad deal for the American people. And Obama is going to make a fool of himself as he tries to sell us on it at the same time that all the loopholes and giveaways that have been buried in it are uncovered.

    At this point, this farce is all about incumbents not crashing and burning next year. That's so pathetic. Had Obama and Reid fought harder and more effectively, the Democratic Party would be hailed for their historic achievement. They threw it away.

    They should be held accountable for their failure.

    Unless they wake up, they will be.

    And if you?re so concerned about depressing the base next year, then demand more action and better policy out of Obama and other Democratic Party leaders.

  • MagillaGorilla

    You Italian/Polish kids are all alike. You should try hangin' on the German/Irish end of town once in a while. There would be no Jane Hamsher.

  • Tim,

    I'm disturbed by your unwillingness to post my comments to two of your posts slamming Jane Hamsher.

    After all your tough talk, I would have thought that you'd be willing to allow my comments through moderation and address them with counterarguments. Please allow my comment to this post and my comment to your earlier weak effort to attack Hamsher to be seen by the public, or I might just have to do it by presenting them in diaries at Daily Kos and Firedoglake.

    Fortunately, I grabbed the screens showing my comments, the title of your blog, and the message that popped up showing that comments must be approved by the moderator prior to posting.

    If you're too much of a coward to show readers perspectives other than your own and to address them openly, then you have zero right attacking Jane Hamsher and you need to STFU.

  • mvirenicus

    too late. the dems and obama have squandered multiple historic opportunities in the last year. the stimulus, too small and heavy on tax cuts, could have been used to redirect the economy in a green direction, among other things. same for the auto industry bailout. the door was wide open for banking and insurance reform. what have we gotten? meetings with obama where the bankers don't show up. health care reform? what's coming out of the senate is a sham. i won't hold my breath for something better in conference. the american people would have welcomed sweeping changes in all these areas. i'd be depressed about obama's first year if i weren't so pissed.

  • mvirenicus

    hah! you guys make me laugh. when was the last time you encountered a pure-blooded slovak with a shot or two of slivovitz down his (or her) gullet? of course only in cleveland would this conversation take place. 😀

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