Charlie Pierce ravages Anonymous: “May I just say, for the record, to hell with this person.”

Getty Images, via Esquire.

The space I inhabit is a remote contrarian corner to the left of the aisle, and too many of my compatriots closer to center are cheering the anonymous op-ed piece in the New York Times far too much.

For one thing, there’s this paragraph.

Don’t get me wrong. There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more.

Charles P. Pierce helpfully translates this 1%-speak.

The monster has fulfilled its purpose: poisoned water, more of the nation’s wealth catapulted upwards, and a massive new Navy in case Yamamoto comes back from the dead. Now you all have to help us kill it.

Speaking personally, apart from all other partisan considerations, I’ve no more patience with this misuse of anonymity as I did during Prof. Erika’s excesses of olden local times. Indeed, there are cases when “whistle-blower” exceptions can be made.

This is not one of them, and as usual, Pierce nails it squarely.

Just Shut Up and Quit (Esquire)

Nobody elected the Anonymous Heroes executing a de facto coup against Donald Trump’s presidency*.

May I just say, for the record, to hell with this person, whoever it is …

… Enough of this stuff. Stand up in the light of day and tell your stories. All of them, right from the beginning. Admit that what you’re confronting now is the end result of 40 years of conservative politics and all the government-is-the-problem malfeasance you’ve been imbibing since you were wingnuts in swaddling. The fire’s licking at your ankles at last. Come out of the cupboards, you boys and girls. None of you are heroes.