Ezra Klein

The Self-Correcting Blogosphere

I'm sorry that so many of my posts this weekend seem to be nothing more than blog navel gazing. In my defense, it isn't my blog, I don't blog, so it isn't my navel I'm gazing at.

But let's examine this remark by Hugh Hewitt:

Lack of posts

Sorry for the lack of posts, but I'm working on a post which will settle the hockey labor dispute.  Oh, and it will also cause us to travel in space.

Not really, of course.  But I always wanted to do one of those Josh Marshall teasers.

-Chris R

Random Thoughts

Sorry to do a Larry King on you, but I'm just going post some random thoughts until I hit an optimal caffeine level:

*  What happens if you are a political movement based on outrage, but you control all three branches of government?  For the right-wing, some are now outraged at, um, graffiti.  (By the way, generally a bad idea to do a victory dance in the other side's back yard... I once lived in DC and was told that if you weren't wearing green in the upper deck of the Vet during an Eagles loss, you don't value your life nearly enough).

My case for cynicism

To follow up and respond to Ezra's previous post concerning Gannon/Guckert.

Does this story have greater significance than McCllelan's credentialing?

FAQ's for a Guest Blogger

Q: Who are you, anyway.

A: My name's Chris Rasmussen. I've previously blogged here and here (all of my posts at that site have been scrubbed due to my calls for a mass suicide in the event Bush was re-elected). I'd like to thank Ezra, who I have admired for some time, for providing me this opportunity to make a fool of myself for 48 consecutive hours.

Q: Is that your real name or is it a psudeonym like "Jeff Gannon"?

A: It is my real name. The only thing I have in common with Mr. Gannon/Guckert is that we have a shared hobby in creating web sites for escort services.

Give A Warm Welcome

As I've alluded to a couple times, the last two weeks have been crazy/insane for me. Applications, midterms, book reviews...it was a perfect storm of deadlines. As of this morning, the craziness is over. Nonetheless, I'm going to take the weekend to chill out and conduct a Harding-esque return to normalcy. Your host here will be Chris Rasmussen, a longtime commentor and all around smart guy. He also, incidentally, sent the e-mail suggesting I review Hewitt's book, so blogging during my recovery is his penance. But be nice to him anyway.

The Power of Christ Compels You

The world is apparently facing a critical shortage of exorcists. Not even kidding you. So does this make Constantine a current events film?

Medicaid

Been wondering what Medicaid is and what the issues around it are? Plumer's got you covered.

We're Fair and Balanced Too!

MSNBC is hosting a panel discussion on Social Security, specifically the president's new coupling of private accounts and a payroll tax raise. The panel is:

• Joe Scarborough, host and former Republican Congressman;

• Hugh Hewitt, conservative radio host/blogger;

• Dennis Prager, conservative writer;

• Rachel Maddow, host on Air America.

That's a 3 to 1 conservative advantage and, I wouldn't say this if it weren't true, Maddow is wiping the floor with them. She nailed the fiscal irresponsibility of privatization so hard that Hewitt was forced down to justifying it on the grounds that black people die sooner. Scarborough's response?

Finally

My opinion on this is the same as my reaction to finding that Reid was creating a Democratic War Room: Great, but we didn't do that before!? For those who don't like following links, the move is simply the DNC granting the DCCC and the DSCC access to Demzilla, the massive computer voter database. Previously, the three had jealously competed for voters and data. Someone must have written a memo defining the terms "same team" and "one party rule" for them.

Hewitt Continues

Rick Perlstein e-mailed this morning to say that he too trudged through a Hewitt book for the good of his readers. Not only do I sympathize, but I'm a great believer that authorial sacrifices like reading Hugh Hewitt mandate long-lasting rewards. So go give his review the half-life it deserves, I'm sure it'll aid his recovery greatly.

For those wondering, I'm about 110 pages into the book, and it's now changed from lying a lot to talking about history a lot. In the last 30, it's morphed again and is making bizarre assertions about blog power. My favorite thus far:

Lebanon

I haven't said anything on the Lebanon/Syria situation because I don't know anything about Lebanon or Syria. I do, however, know enough to recommend Praktike's comments on the matter. And by the way, are you reading Liberals Against Terrorism? Cause if you're not, you should be. Even Haggai's hanging out there now.

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