We may have to live with the fact that there are right-wing extremists out there who give us conservatives a bad name.
But you will always have your embarrassments as well:
"Sean Penn: Journalists who call Hugo Chávez a dictator should be jailed."
"Sean Penn Wishes 'Rectal Cancer' on His Critics"
"You Misters Bush and Cheney; you Ms. Rice are villainously and criminally obscene people ..."
"Sean Penn Applauds as Venezuela's Chavez Bashes Bush"
What do you suppose this country would be like if Eugene Robinson's fellow left-winger took charge?