GOP says 'Jump'

Now hold on. Contrary to what you may think, bloggers aren't simply livid in response to the Washington Post's hiring of Republican operative Ben Domanech to blog for the Post. They're also grateful.

Sure, Domanech called Corretta Scott King a communist, sure he comes from a site with a tendency toward the racist (calling King's funeral "a Def Comedy Jam spectacle"), sure, he's "an unrepentant GOP operative without a shred of journalistic credibility," and sure, the Post clearly caved in to conservative pressure to hire a blogger who would counter Dan Froomkin's -- lord no! -- questioning of the Bush administration.

But really, as Jane Hamsher says in a letter to the Post.com's executive editor, Jim Brady, Domanech will come to exemplify the Post's rightward tilt:


Already the hunt is on to extract every stupid thing he’s ever said, every soupçon of doltish ignorance for which he has ever claimed authorship to be collected and disseminated throughout the blogosphere and beyond.
Fly, little wingnut, fly.
I hear Media Matters is hiring their own SWAT team just for Bughouse Ben. You’ve given us what we’ve always wanted, a garden gnome to exemplify every single complaint we’ve leveled against the Post for years now. His seamless absorption into your site will underscore the fact that the Post, as conservative establishment media, is totally in the tank for the GOP. Week in, week out. The jokes will verily write themselves.
An uncanny sidenote. Nearly two years ago, Tbogg adopted then-22-year-old speechwriter Domanech as his RNC pet. He wrote:
"I wonder why at 22 he isn't over in Iraq fighting Islamofascism instead of working as a speechwriter which, last I checked, wasn't exactly an essential occupation necessary to a free country.
Anyway we'll being checking in on the smirky little prick as soon as he starts actually posting which I'm guessing should come later in the evening, just as soon as he finishes all the Zimas in the hotel room mini-bar.
(FDL, Tbogg, hat tip & post title: LeftCoaster)

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