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  •  When Glenn gets angry, which is often, (14+ / 0-)

    he has some serious bad habits.

    1. He will use a rhetorical weed-whacker where a rhetorical scalpel would serve him best.
    2. He will let other, longstanding and simmering, grudges and ill-feelings flood into his dialogue.
    3. He's one of the most baitable people into personal flamewars and distracting piefights I have ever seen online.  
    4. He can be sloppy. Working as your own filter and editor can have some serious potholes and less-than-proud moments.
    5. He's not exactly the most humble cat in the universe, his ego getting bruised or his intellectual honestly appearing to be attacked starts some hellish turns, and he does, contrary to his cartoonish strawman version that some attack at every chance, he does apologise and make corrections when he goes sideways a lot more than some give him credit for.

    It is hard to be Glenn Greenwald's ally sometimes.

    He will, on occasion, gloriously trainwreck, or make an ass of himself. It goes with the territory.

    He does a lot of good. The good vastly outweighs the bad and the misfires.
    He says a lot of things that need to be said.
    He often says what you need to hear, not what you want to hear.

    But.

    Sometimes it's like having a friend that you know you have to be aware, and at all times, that he might, misunderstand your position or stance in his fury and his frenzy, and suddenly rage at you, maybe think he might go and punch you, too, in the face if things get heated in the bar or club.

    Or who might take offense at something you say and, suddenly, you find yourself lumped in with the invisible "the following people are total hypocritical water-carrying assholes list" he keeps a running tally of.

    He's a gloriously flawed human being, and I thank goodness for him with the simpering feckless team-player garbage that I often have to wade through trying to stay informed in American politics.

    I prefer that over casting my lot with Tom Friedman or people who are Democrats they way they are Red Sox or Yankees fans. My values shift on the fly based on my team doing it being okay because "I trust them".

    I handle it this way:

    If he's not talking about me, then I don't take offense like he is talking about me.

    Since the Democratic Party establishment, and traditional media "designated liberals" can be a million times more insulting and embarrassing to Democratic voters, I'll live with GG's faults, and take them over the dreck, apologia, and pablum that I have to swim through as a Democratic voter every damned day. From the Village, from my own party, and from the various cadres of people who claim to be defenders of the middle class and progressive values when what they are really doing is being defacto sports fans of a team, right or wrong.

    I am a Loco-Foco. I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party.

    by LeftHandedMan on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 01:25:20 PM PDT

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