You never know what bizarre creatures you’ll stir to action when you go after a corrupt beast like Megan McArdle. But what I saw after my expose on McArdle in yesterday’s Alternet was like sending a bathyscaph down to the deep ocean floor and stirring up the encrusted rot: suddenly these H.P. Lovecraft creatures swim into view, monsters whom you never knew existed–giant bear-trap jaws with little mosquito lamps dangling in front of their teeth…
I’m going to share two such creatures who wrote me yesterday in defense of their heroine, Megan McArdle. First, a creepy rightwing midget named Matthew Vadum.
You may recall Vadum from a Daily Show segment last year, in which the fat little waffentwerp accused ACORN of giving crack cocaine to poor blacks in return for their votes. Vadum became the national laughingstock–the male equivalent of the squatty little nerdette who carved a “B” in her face and blamed it on evil Negroes. Welp, here’s Vadum’s letter he sent me yesterday:
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2009 15:18:19 -0400
From: Matthew Vadum <XXXXXX@capitalresearch.org>
Subject: What a loathsome, disgusting, unethical, malicious, moronic, ugly personal attack.
To: firstname.lastname@example.orgWhat a loathsome, disgusting, unethical, malicious, moronic, ugly personal attack.First, Megan McArdle (whom I know personally but not well) is her own person. You can’t hold her responsible for the actions of her father.
Second, doing work for the government doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a parasite, collectivist, statist, socialist, elitist, or corrupt.
Third, the argument that she is trying to protect her “privilege” is just Marxist class-warfare claptrap.
Grow up.MATTHEW VADUMSenior EditorCapital Research Center1513 16th Street NWWashington, DC 20036-1480
Rev. Moon at his “coronation”
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2009 10:16:42 -0400From: Amanda Carpenter <xxxxxxxx@Washingtontimes.com>Subject: Megan McArdleTo: email@example.comHey, Mark. I write a daily column for the Washington Times and want to do an item about your recent article about Megan McArdle. I was hoping you could explain to me the rationale for bringing her father into your disagreement with her policy positions. Why did you think this was necessary? Feel free to call me directly at the desk: 202-xxx-xxxx or email back. Hope you are doing well.-Amanda
Date: Thu, 06 Aug 2009 09:28:23 -0700From: firstname.lastname@example.orgSubject: Re: Megan McArdleTo: Amanda Carpenter <xxxxxxx@Washingtontimes.com>Sorry I didn’t respond sooner, I was busy this morning as a guest on MSNBC. As you can imagine, the life of a celebrity journalist is quite hectic.You say you’re from something called “Washington Times”? That’s hilarious! Moonies defending libertarians! If Rev. Moon wants to interview me, have him contact me telepathically–your boss is The Messiah, I’m sure he can manage it. Otherwise, fuck off back to your swamp.
Mark Ames is the author of Going Postal: Rage, Murder and Rebellion from Reagan’s Workplaces to Clinton’s Columbine.
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