It’s kind of obscure, as it references my theory of the Left Blogosphere’s Hierarchy. Which, in case you were wondering, goes like this: there are three levels to the Left-side of the ‘sphere.
- A-List. About three to seven blogs and sites. Ostensibly (and ostentatiously) progressive; very, very whitebread; not… precisely in it for the advertising, but they think three times before they burn a bridge with a major revenue source. Effectively house organs for the Democratic party.
- B-List. About twenty to forty blogs and sites. Radically progressive; invariably specialized in one particular type. Survives by being reliable source of non-whitebread material for the A-List. Most likely to whine about advertising.
- C-List. Everybody else. Rabidly progressive; desperate to join the upper Lists; apparently laboring under the delusion that the best way to do that is to pick fights with the Right. Most likely to be bitterly resentful at the lack of advertising.
…at least, that’s how it looks from my (admittedly, outsider’s) point of view. Personally, I don’t know what’s more pathetic: sucking up to the Democratic party elite, or sucking up to the people who suck up to the Democratic party elite* – but nobody asked me, right? Anyway, that’s the rationale behind the sneer… and it’s not very nice, is it? It’s not very nice.
OK, so I won’t use it. Fine. Be like that.
*The latter strategy at least means that you’ve got a chance to be trying to manipulate somebody who’s dumber than you are. That’s worth points, right?