When I think of a fanatic I truly show my shallow mass-media education.
I am reminded of Chuck Jones' quentisential personification of the fanatical loser: Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius. As Chuck himself describes Coyote's problem: "No, the only enemy the Coyote has is his overwhelming stubborness. Like all of us, at least some of the time, he persists in a course of action long after he has forgotten his original reasons for embarking on it." - Chuck Amuck, pg 219, by Chuck Jones, 1990.
Mark Twain was less charitable in his description of the coyote. "He has a general slinking expression all over. The coyote is a living, breathing allegory of Want."
Both desciptions fit the subjects of this post to a tee. Valerie Plame and her husband Joe Wilson are suing Richard Armitage for disclosing her status as a somewhat secret but somewhat photographed agent of the CIA. These two do not know when to call it quits, they are forever on a personal jihad against anyone who dares voice a contrary opinion because they refuse to admit that perhaps their own actions revealed Valerie's job. It is their blind spot, the log in their collective eye they ignore while berating everyone around them for having a tiny splinter in a pinky finger. These people have become pathetic, a joke that should make all Americans thankful they are no longer in any branch of the government.