Image from (shudder) FreeRepublic.com
The "(Barf Alert)" is a common item used on FreeRepublic.com to denote stories that they disagree with, and I can't think of a more appropriate tag for this post. This is just a vile development, as far as I'm concerned.
If you are unfamiliar, FreeRepublic (and its members, known as Freepers) is an ultra-right-wing web site. I've written previously about them here, here, here and here.
The White House has apparently invited the DC contingent of Freepers to meet President Bush. For all of the talk of the left-wing "smear sites" (not my term, or my belief), such as DailyKos, MediaMatters, and especially MoveOn.org, this is particularly galling.
For the President to call the MoveOn.org ad (Will Petraeus Betray Us?) "disgusting," and then have a group that is far, far, far more extreme for a personal visit. . .well. . .it is the very definition of hypocrisy.
If you don't believe me, do as I've said in the past. Go to FreeRepublic.com, click the link at the top of the page that says "Homosexual Agenda," and read a topic. Any topic. If you don't find something appalling in the first article (and comments), you will by the second or third, it is a promise. The very existence of the category, an omnipresent feature, should be a tip-off.
I wonder if Congress will have a vote to condemn the meeting?
Hat-tip to John Aravosis at AmericaBlog for the story idea.
UPDATE: While reading the comments at Americablog, a commenter helpfully provided a link to a discussion that has the sort of comments I'm talking about. Keep in mind, this site is heavily moderated, and each commenter has to be registered. Click here.
UPDATE II: If you want to see the Freepers in the creepy flesh, here is their coverage of the event. Careful, I was serious about the barf alert!