This is really strange.
The first time I heard the term “Firebagger” (a play on you know what) was when Joan Walsh (of Salon.com) and Jane Hamsher (of Firedoglake, hence the “Firebagger” term) had the race card played on them because of their criticisms of Obama. I even did a Saturday Night Card Game post about it.
But guess who is bashing the “Firebaggers” now? Well, Team Obama itself, as reported by Amanda Terkel of HuffPo:
The Obama campaign’s point person in New Mexico recently sent an email to supporters defending the president’s position on the debt deal and bashing the “Firebagger Lefty blogosphere,” including the Nobel Prize winning New York Times columnist Paul Krugman….
“Firebagger” is most likely a combined reference to the liberal blog FireDogLake, founded by Jane Hamsher, and “Tea Bagger,” a less-than-flattering term for Tea Party activists.
What’s even more interesting than the fact that Team Obama is bashing “Firebaggers” is that Hamsher responded by saying she’s willing to take one for the team, if only the strategy would help Obama’s campaign:
Atrios says, “politicians gotta do what they gotta do and if attacking the Jane Hamshers Of The Left and KRGTHULU is the way to get money, love, and votes, then more power to them….If.”
I totally agree, if they’re doing this because they think it’s a good campaign strategy, do what you have to do. The qualifier, of course, is the if.
Hamsher then goes on to explain why this is not a good political strategy for Team Obama based on polling numbers as to who supports Obama (hint, the liberal “Firebaggers”), concluding that “[t]his smacks more of narcissism and personal vendetta than any sound political “strategy.””
So if it were a sound political strategy, if bashing the “Firebaggers” would help Obama win, the Jane Hamshers of the world would be okay with being belittled and demeaned by Team Obama?
And they wonder why they get no respect from Team Obama.