Block that metaphor? Notes on being boldly shrill.
Speaking for me only (and for my very occasional use of post-editing privileges), I'd like to make some suggestions to our guest posters (i.e., non-Senior Fellows) about the use of certain metaphors.
Merely supporting or being optimistic about the president-elect is not diagnostic of Kool-Aid drinking, Zombie-ism, or being some kind of 'bot.
This is the sense of fair play that launched a thousand "Reasonable Obama-voters prophylactic" caveats.
Alas, there are those who are not-so-reasonable. Conveniently, these are the kind of folks who pretend away our caveats.
Some of our fellow "progressives" out there are abusive to skeptics, blind to foul play, unabashed with hypocrisy, and/or hopelessly drunk on hopey hype. It is for them that snark was invented.
There are also, in our "progressive" midst, noxious prevailing memes and places where "fairness" is officially or unofficially off the menu. So if you want to rail about the free-flowing STFU and crushing joinerism, aim a clear lens on gauzy pony fantasies, or note that Daily Kos and DU smell like a bad day at Jonestown, by Jove, have at it!
My advice is simple: fit the metaphor to the context.