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BEST MELTDOWN Minneapolis 2005 - John Hinderaker

Talk about losing your shit. This past December, Apple Valley attorney John Hinderaker was on top of the world--or rather on top of that itty-bitty part of the world known as the blogosphere. Hinderaker's glory arose because the group blog to which he is a prime contributor--Powerlineblog.com--was named Blog of the Year by Time magazine. This honor stemmed from Powerline's tireless attacks on a CBS story that, in examining the particulars of Bush's service in the National Guard, relied on evidently bogus documents. As Hinderaker basked in the glow of this beatification from the mainstream media, he attracted considerable attention from critics on the left. Some of said critics were quick to poke holes in Powerline's Fox-like zeal to promote the Bush agenda. Others had the gall to riff comically on the homoerotic connotations of the Powerline boys' chosen handles. (Hinderaker likes to be called "Hind Rocket;" his collaborator and fellow Dartmouth alum, Scott Johnson, is "the Big Trunk.") As the name-calling and spam assaults escalated, the Powerliners were filled with shock and disgust. Why can't those liberals make their point in a thoughtful, gentlemanly manner? Rude, crude invective is their stock in trade. Leave the high-minded analysis to the Ivy League boys. It turns out, of course, there is an exception to this principle: if you are named John Hinderaker and you are interacting with people you regard as moonbats. Then you can feel free to let 'er rip. The Hind Rocket's great meltdown occurred this past February, after he received a fairly mild critique of Powerline's posts on a scandal involving the White House's use of fake reporters. If you are a connoisseur of the meltdown, Hinderaker's frothing, sputtered, red-faced response was a thing of beauty: "You dumb shit, he didn't get access using a fake name, he used his real name," he huffed in his e-mail. "You lefties' concern for White House security is really touching, but you know what, you stupid asshole, I think the Secret Service has it covered. Go crawl back into your hole, you stupid left-wing shithead. And don't bother us anymore. You have to have an IQ over 50 to correspond with us. You don't qualify, you stupid shit." Way to go, Blog of the Year!

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