Everyone named Joseph is a sanctimonious prick
At least that what I’d have to conclude if I subscribed to the logic of one Joseph Cannon. Displaying his usual penchant for preeing sanctimoniousness and righteous anger, Joseph waxes hyberbolic at his blog today, noting that the mugging of Ashley Todd obviously indicates that:
Obama has given rise to a Mao-like cult of personality. He has never done anything to rein in these Messianic illusions — in fact, he has fostered them. That attitude gives him indirect responsibility for the violence committed and threatened by his followers.
Riiiiiiiight. Nevermind the fact that according to her own story, she was mugged before the attacker saw the McCain sticker on her car (meaning the attack was not initially political). Or that noted liberal Michelle Malkin thinks it’s possible that this might be a hoax. No, to Joseph, this obviously means that rioting horde of Obama supporters will launching pogroms tomorrow, wiping out all unbelievers of the One.
This is, of course, Joseph’s schtick: guilt by association run amok. One Obama supporter (most likely mentally deranged) committs an act of violence, thus the millions of other Obama supporters in this country are about to start killing everyone. And Barack Obama himself is ultimately responsible, because…well, because Joseph hates him a lot. As an Obama supporter, I take personal offense that Joseph thinks I’m about to start murdering people, but Joe’s pretty set in his persecution complex, so I doubt he gives a rat’s ass.
Incidentally, this is basically how Joseph became an Obama hater in the first place. He supported Hillary Clinton in the primaries (as did I), and he got into internet spats with some people at Daily Kos and Democratic Underground, so he blamed their meanness on Barack Obama, and became an anyone-but-Obama voter. Now to someone who’s life doesn’t revolve around DK and DU, that might seem like an extemely petty and stupid reason to completely change one’s political ideology, but ole Joe’s been running with it since the primaries.
So following Joseph’s lead, I’m just going to assume from now on that all people that share his name are sanctimonious hyperbolic pricks. And should anyone ever cross me, whether they be an 18 year old in his parents’ basement going by the handle of “drfunky571992” or merely a two year old who calls me “poopyface”, I’m going to ultimately blame their actions on one Joseph Cannon. I’m fraught with anticipation for my new life of lonliness and crippling anger.
UPDATE (10/24/2008 1:49 PM EDT): Ashley Todd just admitted she made the whole thing up. I’m sure a correction from Joseph will be forthcoming.