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Dissent Is Patriotic Again, Thanks to Devin Nunes

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., waves as he waits for the doors to close on an elevator on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

I don’t really have an opinion about Devin Nunes’ lawsuit against Twitter because some of its users hurt his feelings, except to note that it’s a perfect example of the Streisand effect. Nobody knew or cared about the people who made Nunes angry, until he decided to call attention to them. Now he’s turning them into free speech martyrs while making himself look like a big crybaby. Seems like a silly thing to do, but hey, it’s his ego. If this is what he needs to do to protect it, I look forward to watching his humiliating loss.

Plus, there’s an added bonus. The Nunes lawsuit has reminded our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters on the left about a fact they conveniently forgot between January 20, 2009 and January 20, 2017. The New Republic sums it up nicely:

This is absolutely correct! I’ve been saying this very thing for years. There’s nothing more American than bringing our elected officials down to size. But boy oh boy, the left did not want to hear about it when Obama was president.

Remember when that Missouri rodeo clown wore an Obama mask and it was a national outrage?

CNN was visibly disappointed that the Secret Service didn’t think a rodeo clown in an Obama mask was a threat.

I also remember when noted rageball Lawrence O’Donnell accused my friend, the late great cartoonist Batton Lash, of racism for depicting Barack with huge ears and criticizing Michelle for telling other people what to eat while she scarfed down burgers from Shake Shack. O’Donnell even dragged Batton’s wife into it, insisting she needed to stage an “intervention.” O’Donnell was very offended by dissent against his team.

And I remember the outcry every single time I criticized Obama in any fashion, for any reason. I was informed that I had no right to mock and insult my elected officials in the United States of America. It proved I was racist, sexist, homophobic, unpatriotic, and/or some other bad thing. This tactic never worked, it never shut me up, but they never, ever stopped trying.*

So my hat is off to Devin Nunes for reminding liberals what liberalism is supposed to be all about. The rules will change again, of course, the minute another Democrat is elected president. But until then, I’ll just enjoy the feeling of being proven right for once.

*It still doesn’t work. Sorry, Trumpkins!