Re: Moonbat Defined...
Back on task, there are two hypothesis about the origin of the term...both pre-date 2002 (STILL have no idea where that date came from, but, then again, I have no idea where a good 2/3rds of Tony's "facts" come from). Regardless:
1. It is a play on the name of the infamous columnist George Monbiot, noted for his remarkable ability to learn the human language and prolifically approximate punditry for a large circulation British newspaper.
2. It's also a simple descriptive term, effectively marrying the legendary "lunacy" associations of lunar mythology with the rather unattractive characteristics of flying rodentia.
Monbiot is the more likely of the two, at least as far as the association with crazed loony leftists. The term itself I think dates all the way back to a Heinlein novel from '47 (at least according to William Saffire).
Anyway, I now return you to your regularly scheduled programming...
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