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I'm Arthur Branch, and I Approve this Hippie Punching

Frank J. told me that if I supported Fred Thompson's presidential bid in 2008, I'd see plenty of hippie punching...

...And he was right!

A conference call Thursday with liberal bloggers and progressive media reportedly turned ugly/awkward Thursday as White House chief strategist David Axelrod was excoriated for the Obama administration’s continued swipes at supporters among the “professional left.”

Susie Madrak, a blogger at the liberal site CrooksandLiars.com, chimed in and asked Axelrod, “Are you familiar with the term hippie-punching?”

As Peggy Noonan wrote in 2006 PT (Pre-Tea), "Democratic leaders in Washington are in a worse position than Republican leaders in Washington. Neither likes their base, really, and both think they are smarter. But the Democrats think, deep down, that their base is barking mad. The Republicans don’t. They just think their base is a bore."

Update: Kathy Shaidle writes:

With all this talk about "hippie punching," I was embarrassed that I'd never heard the expression before.

Turns out I'm not alone.

But leave it to Frank J., who was way ahead of the "hippie punching" curve:

Well, Frank's the kind of guy who can foresee all sorts of otherwise unforeseen consequences.