Neither You-Know-Who Nor You-Know-Who-Other-Who Can Be Fairly Compared with Andrew Sullivan or Charles Johnson.

by Little Miss Attila on January 2, 2010

A short time ago I left the following comment on Spadilio‘s site*:

As someone who may well have lost drinking privileges with both Patterico and Goldstein over their recent . . . disagreement . . . I don’t hold with comparing either of those guys to Charles Johnson / Andrew Sullivan.

Or, if one must make the Patrick-Chuckie comparison, it should be tempered with the caveat that Patrick continues to do good work in his crusade against the BS at the Los Angeles Times, and that there is such a difference in degree between his meltdowns vs. those of Johnson/Sullivan that it truly constitutes a difference in kind.

Patrick is not capable of discussing Goldstein in even an oblique way without losing his shit. Goldstein can be a bit hypersensitive, and is prone to bouts of machismo, but is a bit more objective about Patrick than Patrick is about him. A bit.

As a practical matter, they can both be trusted as thoughtful bloggers, provided they aren’t discussing each other. Johnson and Sullivan cannot, no matter what it is that they are discussing.

Now please don’t set the curtains on fire; I paid good money for those.

* Or maybe I didn’t. I skimmed later and did not find it, so perhaps Pixy’s hamsters were too tired to actually take the remark.

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William January 2, 2010 at 7:33 pm

A completely accurate assesment. Maybe once the dust dies down they can stop their “Ah, as this footnote clearly states,” and “I said what I said whatever I said!” swords and be friends again.

But if we weren’t all flawed, how Liberals wouldn’t be able to rub us not being perfect in our faces, and then where would we be?

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Robert Stacy McCain January 2, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Well, Joy, if you’ve gone this far, you might as well come on over and enjoy our first-ever Neo-Confederate Music Festival.

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Dan Collins January 2, 2010 at 7:49 pm

They both have too much talent to waste it smiting each other.

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Charles Johnson January 3, 2010 at 10:18 am

Dan Collins is an idiot for not recognizing that the only one with talent is ME. He is banned of course. From the internets. Let him know he is to leave at once.

One of my followers made this very excellent suggestion:

I haven’t read anything from Instapundit or Glenn Reynolds, but I have a recommendation for Glenn as he seems a little confused. He needs to run a poll from his site asking his readers to respond to a simple question: “Do you think this photo is racist” or “Do you think this photo would offend some people?”

Has anyone ever said something that you thought would make people laugh, but were met with blank stares? This is the best way to gauge how far off you were – if you actually care what other people think.

If Reynolds were to get some feedback and see the large percentage of people who call BS on this, maybe he would back off IMHO. Just sayin’.

Not that you need one because Reynolds is clearly a racist apologist. However, reader polls are definitely the way to go. But let me suggest it is important to have properly selected and screened readers before you do so.

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Charles Johnson January 3, 2010 at 10:20 am
Little Miss Attila January 3, 2010 at 11:33 am

Do we need to have another chat about sockpuppeting? (Note to readers: those last two comments weren’t actually by Charles Johnson.)

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Charles Johnson January 3, 2010 at 11:36 am

But Joy, I am even better than the aging bitter physical Charles Johnson. If that is possible.

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Little Miss Attila January 3, 2010 at 12:04 pm

More gears on that bad-ass bicycle, huh?

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