Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

July 5, 2004

by J

Astonishing Ignorance

Matthew Yglesias is astonishingly ignorant if this post is anything to go by. I spend a lot of time lamenting ignorant right-wing wackos, but the callowness, shortsightedness, and ill-informedness demonstrated by this single post reminds me again that the Democratic party attracts its share of shallow thinkers as well.

In another post, he jumps on the "hypocrisy" bandwagon as regards the Jack Ryan mess, conveniently ignoring the fact that this Senate candidate was, if his ex-wife's divorce filings are factual, an abusive, bullying, control freak, asshole. But, extreme exhibitions of misogyny apparently have no bearing on the fitness for office of politicians in Yglesias' world.

I continue to be astonished at the young, male, up-and-coming "political thinkers" on the Democratic side of the blogosphere. Hopefully, a hell of a lot of maturation will happen between now and when they start having real influence.

In the meantime, I'll just stay over here in the independents' corner and watch with fascinated horror. (No, no, not as bad as the Republicans, but honestly, people...)
Posted by J at July 5, 2004 09:51 PM

The guy is so overrated. Never understood his appeal and, frankly, don't really want to.

Posted by: Night Owl at July 6, 2004 01:17 AM

Well, he's just clearly demonstrated that Harvard's science requirements leave a lot to be desired. Pretty wordsmithing can only get you so far if the fundamentals are missing. (Well, I guess that's not true these days, unfortunately.)

Posted by: J at July 6, 2004 06:54 AM

I think Matt's kidding.

Posted by: Lindsay Beyerstein at July 8, 2004 10:28 PM

I was going by his regular readers in the thread who said he's said similar things before. And the fact that he hasn't posted and said "Psyche!" yet.

Posted by: J at July 9, 2004 06:45 AM

And, as it turns out Lindsay, he wasn't kidding.

It's ill-formed, squishy, and gray, but with his ignorant obstinance on this issue, Matt's just crossed my "hard to take seriously as an intellectual thinker in the future" line.

Not that he cares, of course.

Posted by: J at July 11, 2004 09:16 AM

Recommended Reading:

The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoir
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Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush
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LIES by Al Franken
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

The Great Unraveling
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The Great Big Book of Tomorrow
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Blinded by the Right
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Living History

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