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Friday, September 26, 2008

Running Scared

posted by on September 26 at 10:30 AM

This election year, I’ve been obsessed with following right-wing blog The Corner. They update all the friggin’ time—more than Slog, even—and it’s a necessary balance to The Huffington Post, which often makes me feel as though the election is in the bag for the Democrats. It’s important to know what the other side is doing, and important to remember that there’s a lot of work to do between now and November.

Plus, there are delightful moments of schadenfreude, as with this morning.

These two Corner posts, by Rich Lowry, are music to my ears:

1995 Redux?

A friend on Capitol Hill in a very dark mood thinks so. Last time, House Republicans got blamed for shutting down the government, this time they’ll get blamed for shutting down the financial system. He also worries—did I mention he’s in a dark mood?—that if nothing passes and the crash comes, the country may arrive at a turning point, moving irrevocably in the direction of a social democracy.


A Hostile Audience

One side effect of McCain’s debate gambit is, I’m told, that everyone at Ole Miss now hates him. It will make for a very hostile audience tonight among those students and faculty attending. He might have to apologize for creating the uncertainty or make some explanation up front, which is never ideal.

Also of note: two weeks ago, The Corner was all Palin all the time; every one of National Review’s bloggers were writing heartfelt mash notes to the VP candidate. Since her atrocious television performances, there has only been one real post about Palin in the last twenty-four hours, and that post was explaining that there was nothing wrong with not posting about Palin. Kathryn Jean Lopez explains, “Everytime there’s not a post on something — from a presidential hiccup to the Emmys — I will inevitably get an e-mail about the “deafening silence” of The Corner.”

I love watching Republicans try to justify themselves. It gives me a nice mushy feeling inside.

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Wow. Looking at this is giving me a boner.

Posted by Brucie | September 26, 2008 10:39 AM

"like pissing in a dark suit..."

Posted by snarky | September 26, 2008 10:41 AM

i almost exclusively read conservative political blogs, but i had to tune them out after the sarah palin pick was announced. i just don't have the strength anymore. now it's all huffpo, all the time, even though i usually hate that blog. i guess i need to be around my kind of people until this whole mess is over. i need to be able to sleep at night.

Posted by brandon | September 26, 2008 10:44 AM

So by "update all the time" and "more than SLOG", you mean beyond 10AM-6PM Monday through Friday?

Posted by Banna | September 26, 2008 10:49 AM

It's just too bad that the conservatives always leave such a goddamned mess before the voters wake up. Then the Dem's spend all their time cleaning it up. This time they should be making a bailout contingent upon health care fixes.

Posted by Vince | September 26, 2008 10:55 AM

Paul reads the Corner so we don't have to! Thanks Paul, it is good to get a summary of what the right is doing/thinking from time to time, without having to actually read the depressing garbage. Perspective is a good thing. If ones spends all ones time on HuffPo or Slog, one is really blindsided when yet another election goes to the GOP. Happened before, could happen again. We're a very divided country...

Posted by Christy O | September 26, 2008 11:20 AM

I did a quick little crawl around the conservative block of the internet last night after watching-then-gasping-then-hiding my eyes-then-watching again clips of the Palin interview.

Nothing. Not a word.

Posted by sw | September 26, 2008 11:23 AM

I tried doing the same thing with RedState until I found this in their posting rules:

The purpose of this site is promote conservative and Republican ideals.

Since it's difficult to get an emotional state from an advertisement, I stopped. I might give the Corner a shot.

Posted by Mike of Renton | September 26, 2008 11:42 AM

Does anyone here read gaypatriot or Independent Gay Forum? Those two sites might be the funniest on the internet. I am almost convinced that they are both extremely well-written satire.

Posted by DENVEROPOLIS | September 26, 2008 11:59 AM

I can't read GayPatriot - I can in most cases handle RedState and I can handle No Quarter (which is a republican McCain shill blog), but GayPatriot just hurts too damn much.

Posted by Donolectic | September 26, 2008 1:21 PM

This for the "Credulous Hack of the Day Award" Peter Robinson's column in Forbes.

Reader's comment and response from "The Corner":

"When Sarah Met Katie [Peter Robinson]

From a reader, commenting, again, on my column for Forbes this week:

I desperately want Sarah Palin to continue to be an asset to the ticket. Having said that, I don't see how you can possibly publish the statement " In just under a week, she had mastered the interview format" with a date of September 26th. Did you not see the Couric interview? I would suggest that she has not only not mastered the format but is, in fact, regressing.

No, to be honest, I didn't see the Couric interview—I had to file the column before the interview aired. Do the emails in my inbox make me eager to watch the interview on YouTube? No they do not.

Posted by inkweary | September 26, 2008 2:32 PM

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