There was one thing that really annoyed Hunter S. Thompson
It was the time when he was left off a list.
Dr. Thompson was upset because the list from which he was omitted was Richard Nixon's infamous "Enemies List".
When Nixon was at his most feared and loathed, he put together a list of everyone he thought had "screwed" him during his political career. The list contained names of politicians, journalists, and "subversives" of various types. It was revealed to the public during the miasma that was the Watergate scandal.
When Thompson found out he'd been left off the list (likely due to an oversight), he was apoplectic. "What the fuck do I have to DO to get on the list?" he screamed in frustration, "...nobody has bashed Nixon worse that I have, repeatedly, in print, for years!" To the good doctor, being left off that list was a badge of shame, a stain on his reputation, and an embarrassment to all his friends and colleagues.
I sort of know how he felt.
It wasn't from lack of trying that I'd never made any lists. When I started political blogging early this year, I immediately jumped into the fray, with a detailed and (in my opinion) brilliant assault on Joe Lieberman for his stance on Plan B emergency contraception availability.
Never heard a peep from him about any list. Maybe I was on his list, but it doesn't count if it doesn't get leaked to the press.
I started videotaping the senator while asking the questions he hates. Several senators, in fact. But as far as I know, none of them have a list of "enemies" that I could lay claim to.
Oh, well. I guess the days of "enemy lists" have passed us by.
And then I found out from Colin McEnroe's blog that something called the Family Institute of Connecticut has a list of "opponents" on it's website.
Apparently, these are websites that they feel exhibit "left-leaning" views. Whatever those are. But when I checked out the FIC blog, I saw that Connecticut Local Politics was one of the few websites listed!
That really pissed me off! How unfair! Hey, my blog is WAAAAYYYYY more "left-leaning" than frickin' CTLP! What are we, chopped liver? Those guys over at CTLP have actual Republicans posting articles! Yeah, it's true.
And I've never seen any videos of them chasing down "family-friendly" Senator Joe and asking him if he thinks it's a good idea to deny EC from women at Catholic Hospitals! I mean, give me a break!
Now I know how Hunter S. Thompson felt.
So I wrote to FIC and asked (politely) if my pro-Choice, pro-Women's Rights, pro-Gay Marriage blog qualified for inclusion on their list. I felt it was...necessary...for me to correct this error of omission.
We had a nice, civil exchange; and the upshot is that "Connecticut Bob" is now included on their "Opponents" list. I've created a much more respectful "Distinguished Adversaries" list, which will include any opposing blog that links to us.
And I fully intend to justify my placement on the list.
Hey, it's the least I can do!
...after all, they gave me the idea for this article.