How To Look Like a Jackass In Four Easy Steps, By Froma Harrop

It's simple!

1. Be a syndicated columnist affiliated with a project called "Restoring Civility."

2. Write columns calling people "economic terrorists" and comparing them to "al-Qaida bombers" because you disapprove of what they say and how they vote in Congress.

3. When this incongruity is mentioned, issue a snippy and defensive blog post asserting that (1) they ARE terrorists, sort of, and (2) anyway, "incivility" doesn't mean calling people terrorists, it means "not letting other people speak their piece . . . . [i]t’s not about offering strong opinions. If someone’s opinion is fact-based, then it is permissible in civil discourse."

4. When people dissent in the comments to your blog post, delete the comments and close comments on the post, notwithstanding that you just said civility is letting other people speak their piece.

Froma, Froma, Froma.

Here's the thing, Froma. We all have a bug up our assess about some subject or other. We're all susceptible to accusations of hypocrisy sooner or later. When confronted with such an instance, we have three choices. One is to say "yes, you're right." Another is to go down fighting — to say "why, it's because FUCK YOU!" The third — the one you chose — is to engage in a desperate and pathetic effort to reconcile the irreconcilable things we've said on different occasions. The first option makes us sound principled, the second option makes us sound human, and the third makes us a subject of widespread justifiable ridicule.

Froma, I'm going to be civil with you. On your terms, that is. Feel free to come here and say your piece about this, Froma, but I think the facts show you are a shallow, unserious, self-aggrandizing twit.

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  1. Brian Smith says

    It's hard to believe that she doesn't realize how stupid she looks by closing comments on a post where she claims incivility is not letting someone speak their piece.

  2. Nowhere55 says

    It is hypocritical. Then again I am perfectly up front that I am civil to people who are not hypocrits. Calling for civility and then calling the tea party terrorists without calmly and rationally saying that you would be perfectly willing to be civil to the tea party as soon as they begin demand yo see Michelle Bachman's long form birth cerificate, for example would be consistent behavior. Scream about it of course, is not.

  3. Linus says

    Maybe it's just me, but when I hear "economic terrorists" and "shoot the hostages" and such, all I hear is "WAAAAAAAH! WAAAAAAAAH" Somebody call the waaambulance. Big surprise then that one of the crybabies would then take her ball and go home.

    Although I do love the utter cluelessness in espousing the theory of "it's okay if I'm an asshole because MY opinions are TRUE." Reminds me of the asshole in college that was always saying rude things and then, when others took offense, saying "What? I'm just being honest!' Hey, buddy, I never said you weren't, I said you were being an asshole.

  4. says

    Hypocrisy is the state of pretending to have beliefs, opinions, virtues, feelings, qualities, or standards that one does not actually have. Hypocrisy involves the deception of others and is thus a kind of lie. Hypocrisy is not simply failing to practice those virtues that one preaches- perhaps one advocates or preaches certain virtues but is unable to obtain those due to lack of self-control or strength or temperament- but rather, hypocrisy is play-acting or pretending to be something which you are not.

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  5. Rick C says

    "It’s hard to believe that she doesn’t realize how stupid she looks by closing comments on a post where she claims incivility is not letting someone speak their piece."

    Brian, all the people commenting and disagreeing with her aren't–in her mind–making fact-based arguments. Therefore–in her mind–it's not uncivil to deny them a chance to speak. QED.

  6. Erm says

    John David Galt: And who are you, Mr. Rules-tracker? The Zeitgeist-litigator? Do you have anything but sarcasm to offer?

  7. Brian Smith says

    Reading the comments provided by Hotair, I can see why the comments were removed. She clearly can dish it out, but she can't take it – like most liberals I know.

  8. EricHH says

    This blog is like Talk Soup (when it used to be good about 10 years ago) but with balls. A froth of humor and disgust, laughter and tears. Amen!

  9. says

    Oh, and one other thing.

    Calling somebody a "terrorist", considering what, in today's climate, could happen to a person if Leviathan chose to pursue the matter, borders on an "actionable" act of slander or libel.

  10. Rliyen says

    So by this "Cobra-Commander-hanging-on-a-Trouble-Bubble-screeching-'RETREAT! RETREAT!'" maneuver by this pundit indicate that the "tea party terrorists" won?

    I'd like to think so.

  11. Rliyen says

    So, she's reinforcing that she's a hypocrite. Gotcha.

    Yet another person who I'll ignore if they have anything to say.