Often the question is asked, why does Dave keep bashing conservatives and linking to liberals?
Good question. I definitely disagree with conservatives and the Bush administration on large swathes of important issues. But I don’t exactly love liberals. There are some great liberal blogs, but some that still irritate me and send me running for the nearest Kristol. Keep in mind, I have nothing against these people – they’re probably very cool in person. But their blogs rank are beloved by all the lefty blogosphere, and to that I must object.
– Steve Gilliard. I like James Wolcott, and he loves Gilliard, but the transitive property clearly has loopholes. This is a terrible blog.
Gilliard has three kinds of post. The first, and seemingly most frequent, is the kitchen sink post. IE, he grabs the entirety of a blog post or news article, posts it in a blockquote, and then adds some obvious, pithy aside. The example I link to is a long, very good NYT article about the difficulty of keeping a relationship together while a soldier is serving in Iraq and his wife is at home. Gilliard posts the whole thing and then adds: “Gee, you mean it’s not all loyal, waiting wives? Jesus, people forget about this, but war doesn’t just ruin lives, it corrodes marriages as well.” Which is EXACTLY WHAT THE ARTICLE SAID, except without the work of travelling, interviewing, reporting, thinking, and editing. This kind of post reached its nadir last week, when Gilliard posted a lengthy article about gourmet coffee and commented – I quote in full – “Good coffee is really good.”
The second kind of post is the rant – a blog classic, dipped in shit and swirled around by Gilliard. Sometimes there’s a link to a small chunk of another article, and sometimes it’s just a rant. 90% of these posts concern either the war in Iraq, “chickenhawks,” or black people – black conservatives or black preachers, usually. They’re typically unreadable. A recent Iraq post began: “The US Army cannot control anyplace where their troops are not. The Iraqi Army is useless and inefficent. More importantly, they have no one to fight for. There is only the thinnest of reasons, a paycheck, to continue fighting.” Wow, what insight. The chickenhawk and black people posts are usually worse, since Gilliard has some expertise (apparently gleaned from books) on warfare, but mostly just anger about the latter subjects. Typically, if he finds an article about a black conservative – Ken Blackwell, Armstrong Williams – Gilliard mocks him with slave talk.
The third kind of post is the aimless travelogue or collection of thoughts. To wit, a recent post detailing a weekend outing with his girlfriend and niece and nephew climaxed with this hot action.
Then we went to Amy Ruth’s for dinner. Jen, my nephew and I ordered chicken and waffles, my niece had chicken fingers and fries. Oddly enough, Jen took my niece to the bathroom and the staff was wondering what the fuck was up. Which amused me. The food there is incredible. I brought my mother the same things. For five dinners, it was only $61 overrall, which isn’t bad.
– DC Media Girl. Because she’s a “DC media girl” who doesn’t blog about DC MEDIA. Like Confucious said (I’m paraphrasing), names are important. You can’t be a DC media girl if your last 5 posts (as of this morning) concern 1)a diplomats’ press release about Joe Wilson, 2)an advertisement for “the Rude Pundit’s” live performance in New York, 3)an article from the Washington Blade about anti-gay reverend Willie Wilson (Ok, that’s DC media), 4)a Matt Cooper article from Time and 5)news of an upcoming Chow Yun Fat movie.
This is bull. Any blog can write about that stuff. A “DC media” blog should, I don’t know, flood the zone on the kind of stories that Howard Kurtz writes about, and cover them better than he does. Also, the actual writing on DCMG is lame. To wit.
Exactly how many wives does Joseph Wilson have? How many did he have in 2003? How hard could it have been for Cooper to figure out that Rove was referring to Valerie Plame, given the clues? Talk about squabbling over what the meaning of the word “is” is.
Wow. For punishing insight like this, you used to have to go to Alan Colmes.
– Amanda Marcotte. Years ago Jesse Taylor founded Pandagon, a very funny politics’n’stuff blog, and late in the game he got Ezra Klein to be a co-blogger. The result was a pretty hilarious and on-point blog that I checked frequently. After the election, Ezra quit for his own site, and Taylor asked Amanda Marcotte to be his new co-blogger. Marcotte was a graduate of her own blog, called “Mouse Words.” Oh, good.
Marcotte was a tolerable blogger on her lonesome, but holy hell does she pale compared to the hilarious Taylor. Whereas you could get Ezra and Jesse posts mixed up – both guys were punchy and prolific – Marcotte grinds out the same topics again and again on a rusty organ. Blah blah, animals. Blah blah, Texans. Blah blah, feminism. Blah blah, my boyfriend. It’s just not as fun as the rest of Pandagon has historically been.
Yes, I hate women.
– Michael Totten. Lefty bloggers have excommunicated him, so he may not be a perfect fit for this list, but he certainly passed the “bloggers who piss me off” test. Totten plays a two-string guitar and thinks he’s Jimi Hendrix. He writes about two topics: the suckness of “the Left” and why he’s left it, and the “Terror War.” (Sorry for the scare quotes, but that neologism annoys me. It’s like calling World War I the “Kaiser War.”) He also posts occasional photos from nice trips he’s taken, which leads to the interesting possibility that one day Justin Raimondo will hysterically accuse him of taking dirty Jewmoney from Likud to finance a lifestyle beyond the means of a freelance writer, but as amusing as this is it doesn’t save Totten.
His topics are not inherently boring, but Totten’s solipsistic anguish over them is just painful to read.
It seems to me that conservatives in general are more comfortable with centrists than are liberals in general. And I’m not just talking about myself here. I write far more about foreign policy (where my views are hawkish and “conservativeâ€) than domestic policy (where my views are usually liberal) so I’m not an ideal test case. Itâ€™s not just me, though. I see a lot more denunciations of the center-left New Republic magazine on the left than I see on the right â€“ and I donâ€™t know what else could explain it except for a loathing of heretics.
Blather, rinse, repeat 3000 times. We get it, Michael. You think the US should liberate the Middle East by Any Means Necessary and left-wingers (with whom You Used To Identify Until The Global Terror War) don’t. Word up. Now get over yourself.
*(This post’s original title was “America-hating Liberals of the Left,” but people weren’t getting the joke, so I changed it. The joke was, I was trying to save face with my conservative friends by imitating a WorldNetDaily headline writer.)