The response to Axelrod's plea? Right back at ya, dude:
Top Obama adviser David Axelrod got an earful of the liberal blogosphere's anger at the White House moments ago, when a blogger on a conference call directly called out Axelrod over White House criticism of the left, accusing the administration of "hippie punching."Fishing about for a real definition of "hippie punching," I found a fairly complex but good one here, loaded with useful context.
"We're the girl you'll take under the bleachers but you won't be seen with in the light of day," the blogger, Susan Madrak of Crooks and Liars, pointedly told Axelrod on the call, which was organzied for liberal bloggers and progressive media.
I wonder...does this usage derive from the earlier term "bitch slapping?"