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It would have been a whole lot better never to have referred to George W. Bush as "Chimpy". Childish namecalling tends to discredit everything else one says.

It's contemptible when Republicans do it.
It's contemptible when Democrats do it.

I have to agree. I referred to him as The Chimp a couple of times in the beginning but I didn't feel right about it and stopped. It did feel childish and kind of playground, so I went to diminutives and The Emperor, which, given what he was up to, felt like legitimate descriptions rather than satire even.

I don't think there's the slightest thing wrong with sarcasm, satire, or even lampoons, especially of celebrities and public figures who seem often to be aching for a putdown. But simple name-calling is the lazy critic's way of avoiding actual knowledge, thought, or examination. It may or may not be contemptible but it is certainly unhelpful to anything but the critic's work-avoidance issues.

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