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Ah great. We have a big election less than six months away, and some people seem to think that their little flamewars are a productive use of their (and everyone else's) time. Unfortunately, part of my job is to deal with this, even though we have much bigger fish to fry. Sigh...

The latest flare up comes from two groups who have been at loggerheads for some time -- those who think Obama is a closet Republican, and those who think he walks on water. (And I'm not even exaggerating that much.)

To the Obama Rox crowd: you've been really freakin' annoying the last couple of years.

To the Obama Sux crowd: you've been really freakin' annoying the last couple of years.

I'm not sure what either of those two groups think you're accomplishing, but it's nothing constructive. I just recently banned a long-time community member in good standing because she accused progressive critics of being racist. If you don't understand that there are legitimate reasons for progressives to be upset at the White House, then you're an idiot. Plain and simple.

On the other hand, I just banned someone else full of conspiracy theories about how Obama is on a crusade to destroy Social Security and that anyone who disagrees is a sellout DLC corporatist Democrat. If you don't understand that there are legitimate reasons for progressives to be happy by things this White House has accomplished, then you're an idiot. Plain and simple.

So we essentially have two ideologically absolutist groups of idiots going at each other, then coming to whine to me when someone says something mean to someone else in those idiotic flamewars. My god, the Israel-Palestine keyboard combatants have more sense than this crowd! Heck, they're model citizens in comparison.

But here's the thing -- through Election Day, we need to have a single purpose in mind. I won't say you can't bitch about the Democrats or the president, but if you don't like Obama, you're going to like Mitt Romney even less. So what do you think you are accomplishing besides satiating some apparent need for absolute purity? Feel free to unload on Obama the day after he is reelected. But for now, seriously, what do you think you're accomplishing? If Obama offends you so much that you consider him irredeemable, then become a Green and go somewhere else, because you're pretty much hopeless and a waste of everyone else's time here.

As for you Roxers -- being an aggressive dick doesn't help build support and excitement for the president. He's got a record that you can't change, and a campaign that you can't control. Keep it positive, and keep it productive. That's how you help a campaign. Because when you are a dick, people will hate the campaign just to spite you. It's human nature -- if a dick is for something, we want to be against it. Don't play into that dynamic.

We've got an election to win. That's what's important until November.

If you can't focus on that, then get the hell off this site. Seriously.

Originally posted to kos on Thu May 17, 2012 at 10:56 AM PDT.

Also republished by I Vote for Democrats, J Town, KosBusters!, Troolz, Jews For President Obama, Political Language and Messaging, and Mojo Friday.

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