Joe the Plumber meets Chairman Mao in Gaza

As I write this, comments on the various Pajamas Media posts, including mine, on Joe the Plumber's journey to Israel for PJTV are approaching one thousand - or perhaps they have already passed that figure. And that's not counting the other Pajamas network blogs and outlying blogs where the numbers must mount into the tens of thousands. And then there's the mainstream media commentary. If you Google "joe the plumber + Israel," you get 618,000 hits. [Now 618,001.-ed. You're right.] I knew that Joe's foray into war journalism, or whatever you want to call it, would create controversy. But I had no idea it would create a war of its own.

Well, a non-shooting war, but war enough to have people hurling digital epithets across cyberspace at breakneck speed, hiding behind semi-imaginative noms de blog like "Harsh Reality," while taking no prisoners, letting their ideological brickbats slay their enemies as "moonbats," "wingnuts" and other similar dodo-brained locutions of our times. Many of these commenters fairly ooze hatred or at least disdain.