The Ham Hock of Liberty

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Take that, "Atrios"

Mr. Noam Scheiber at The New Republic has discovered that U.S. Senators don't read every post on liberal blogs:

Whaaa???!!! You don't read Atrios, Senator Obama? I mean, as a U.S. Senator, isn't it kind of your obligation to keep up with who's a "whiny ass titty baby" and who's just a "wanker"? Unbelievable.

Zing! Down goes Atrios! Down goes Atrios!

Well, Mr. Scheiber, you've managed to pack a lot of straw AND irony into 2 rhetorical questions, and a bonus sentence fragment. However, you left out a few other salient points: Atrios sometimes uses cuss words; people who post on liberal blogs sometimes use cuss words; and popular blogs like Eschaton sometimes have open threads.

I've said this before and I'll say it again: sandbox fights with bloggers are pointless and make you look just as petty as the caricatures you're attacking. Hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of intelligent, informed adults read and contribute to blogs. If you prefer to dismiss the entire phenomenon with a wave of your erudite, non-cuss-word-writing hand, rather than try to understand the demand for which lefty blogs are a supply, the TNR is going to continue its rather precipitous decline in circulation. Remember, we're supposedly on the same side here.

So, at the risk of being a juvenile and unserious blogger who does not appreciate the shining light of mature civil wisdom from The Plank: stop being a whiny-ass titty baby.


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