Okay: I've gotten to sample the cream of some young guy the Post thinks ought to be paid to blog for their website. The Washington Post, which has recently been widely praised for the quality of their blog offshoots, has either taken square aim at their own two feet or pulled off one the wildest, most subversive stunts in the history of political journalism. At this point, it could go either way. If it's the former, well, you can expect the career of this blogger to be over and done with by this time next week. If it's the latter, well...we'll have Little Lord Domenech to kick around for a nice long time. It's hard to take a side. The story in brief:
- Domenech apparently worked as a speechwriter . One person who he served in this capacity is lunatic crank John Cornyn, the senator from Texas. It'd be interesting to note if Cornyn's celebratory words for Atlanta Courthouse murderer Brian Nichols, which lauded the way Nichols took his fight with judicial activism to Tarantinoesque extremes, were Domenech's idea.
- A Red Dawn discussion? My, wouldn't you imagine Red Dawn to be something of a quaint, pre-911 view of the world? It's stupid of the Post to suggest it as a name for the blog, sure. But it's even dumber to make people think that you forcibly secrete your own body fluids on the poster as well. Where's the central front in the war on terror, again?
- Oh, dear. It turns out he's a plagiarist. And he doesn't even have the good sense to have plagiarized me. That's just stupid of him. Here's a hint, Ben: you should at least aspire to the new journalistic standard of just making shit up.
- Also, this phrase: "It's a political anchor apotheosized by the founders of leftist websites..." Hmm. Let me ask Ben, slowly and loudly: "DO YOU...SPEAK...ENGLISH...?" This is America, and in America, "apotheosis" is a NOUN. We have some perfectly nice verbs we use in this country, please refrain from inventing your own. Gosh. You make me overjoyed to have not gone to William and Mary.
- My overall verdict: meh. With his well-earned reputation for being shrill and deranged, I expected writing of a much higher caliber of loony. I'm frankly disappointed at the tepid offerings thus far. One can only conclude that Ben, for all his criticism of the mainstream media, wants the same thing every mainstream political journalist wants from their career: to be invited to all the right parties.