Executive summary: David Axelrod conference-called lefty bloggers to beg for their help in the November elections (because they've been ever so useful so far in the 2010 election cycle); and apparently the lefty bloggers are feeling quite aggrieved and put-upon for being called upon to do as they're bid. One even went so far to as to categorize the entire interaction between the Democratic establishment and the netroots in furtive, sexually shameful terms (one hopes that this... no, that's too vicious a comment to make); apparently, this is something that happens often enough that it has the name of 'hippie punching.'
You know, this is a new one for me: I don't think that I've ever heard this particular turn of phrase before. From context, I assume it means "to smack around progressive activists, safe and secure in the knowledge that they lack the internal dignity, elementary sense of self-worth, and bare minimum of personal courage necessary to do anything about it." If it doesn't... well, it should. Because that's what's going on, here. The Democratic base is restless, so it gets the privilege of yelling at a soon-to-be-gone-anyway administration official a little as payment for all its good work in keeping establishment Democrats at the money troughs. And once they've gotten it out of their system, it's back to rubbing the lotion in their skin, or they get the hose...
Moe Lane (Crosspost)
PS: To push back on something Allahpundit wrote (said he, genially):
Have tea partiers had any calls like this yet with the GOP leadership? All in good time, all in good time.
We have already had calls like this, in point of fact: in no particular order, they were called the Pennsylvania, Florida, Maine, South Carolina, Colorado, Delaware, Nevada, Utah, and Alaska primaries. And those are just the ones that immediately come to mind.
Shorter Moe Lane: we are not tame.