CounterPunch on Lerner attacking ANSWER

CounterPunch on Lerner attacking ANSWER

If you don’t know or don’t care about this particular tempest in the Leftie teapot, feel free to move on to the next item! For those who have been following along, this response is witty, biting, and funny.

From Alexander Cockburn’s column

“CounterPunch’s inbox is suddenly clogged with e-traffic about Michael Lerner being banned from speaking at the San Francisco rally. We got one list of protesting signatories studded with notables and miscreants, like Eric Alterman who normally spends his time deriding the antiwar protests, just like Marc Cooper, who clearly sees a “Let Lerner Speak” campaign as a good way of smearing ANSWER and NION.

My initial reaction was to say to Jeffrey St Clair that any move to keep Lerner from pouring out his usual freshets of idiocy is sound by definition, but on mature consideration I counsel the organizers of the San Francisco rally to slot Lerner in at some point in the proceedings

I’m quite prepared to believe that Lerner, a relentless self-promoter, has managed to piss off everybody with egocentric posturing and unity-wrecking maneuvers, and maybe his plan from the start has been to engineer a situation in which he can howl that Jew-haters have laid him low. But let the guy speak anyway. Mostly people don’t listen to speeches, and if you suddenly hear Lerner’s voice disturbing the harmony of the great convergence, move into a drumming circle and blot the guy out.”

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