I'd like to think Lou would have given Mr de Fresne and other detractors a riposte similar to the one quoted in The Guardian yesterday, from an interview shortly before he died:
"I am what I am, it is what it is. And," he added, "fuck you."
Kelsey is too strident and, dare I say it, academic. Hickey will do a good job.
I like 'refudiate', but my vote goes to 'shellacking' , given currency by Obama after the mid-terms, and a portent of conservative political madness to come.