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Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Glenn Reynolds responds:

SORRY, STILL NOT SEEING THE ANEURYSM CONNECTION. Weigel’s snark notwithstanding, it was a weak point.

Eh, I’ll grant this. As far as I know — and the guy was my senator for 16 years — Biden’s speaking style has less to do with his medical history and more to do with, well, being Joe Biden. But that’s as far as I know! Medical history is, to me, a more useful guide for understanding why a person talks a certain way than a Bill Frist-on-Terri Schiavo-esque amateur analysis of a video.

As for the Biden angle, note that I updated very shortly when readers informed me.

True enough, and I don’t think I implied otherwise, but color me unimpressed when Reynolds indicated without the simplest Google search that I was ignorant about Biden, and that he had proof (“this White House video”). A Google search for “biden” and “beer” immediately turns up stories about the vice president’s teetotaler lifestyle.

Weigel, on the other hand, didn’t respond to similar feedback in the same fashion. But he manages to work in an anti-Bush angle.

Well, I didn’t get anything wrong, so I didn’t have to fix anything. And my photo illustration of the 43rd president was not “anti-Bush.” Reynolds implied (twice) that Biden was a phony for drinking non-alcoholic beer — I pointed out that our last president, also a non-drinker, enjoyed non-alcoholic beer. If anyone’s working an angle, it’s Reynolds, accidentally calling George W. Bush a phony. Has he forgotten 9/11? Is he drunk?

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tagimaucia
Comment posted December 29, 2009 @ 4:19 pm

Glenn Reynolds is a hack– he's practically the definition of “famous for being famous.”


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Comment posted December 29, 2009 @ 4:23 pm

It's almost like he judges Democrats by ridiculous standards that he wouldn't dream of applying to Republicans.


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Comment posted December 29, 2009 @ 4:26 pm

zing!


chrisjay
Comment posted December 29, 2009 @ 5:27 pm

You can always tell when the VP is drunk:
He shoots his drinking buddy in the face


Tar Heel Fella
Comment posted December 29, 2009 @ 6:54 pm

I think Reynolds was pretty much right on this one. The Biden analogy was weak, both rhetorically and logically.

But I have to confess I find myself agreeing more and more with the “hack” assessment. While I'm not sure he fits the definition of “famous for being famous” — he actually did help transform, even invent, the political blogosphere — Reynolds has descended into a lot of pathetic one-note hackery. And I say that as someone who's totally on his side of the ideological aisle.

His constant “mainstream media” bashing is a prime case in point. The guy never misses an opportunity to portray some media misstep, or perceived misstep, as more evidence why the news industry is struggling. It's like he pretends not to understand the real factor at work, namely the old advertising model utterly busted by the Internet, which has busted business models for all sorts of traditional industries.

Yeah, we get it, dude — you've got an “army of davids” thesis that you need to see borne out. That still doesn't mean some purported alienation of conservatives is the reason newspapers are fighting for their lives. The whole thing is so transparent, it makes you wonder if he squirms a little every time he does it.

It's cheap and lame, and the worst part is that you know he's smarter than that. It's one of the things that has led me to increasingly distrust the guy over the past few years, even though I'm practically his political twin and once had a genuine respect for him as a blog pioneer.


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Comment posted December 29, 2009 @ 10:08 pm

Dave, you were almost better as the resident Democrat shill at Reason. At least you had some libertarian cred backing you. Now, you're nothing but a shill.


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Comment posted December 30, 2009 @ 1:31 pm

I watched the Baucus video. Granted he slurred a few words but why are none of the comments addressing WHAT he said? Maybe his frustration after many months of trying to work on a bipartisan health care reform bill without any honest Republican good faith support finally reached its limit. What he said is more worthy of comment than how he said it.


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youmustbejoking
Comment posted January 8, 2010 @ 9:20 pm

The thing that ticks me off about this whole thing is someone starts a smear campaign against a senator with absolutely no evidence and some main stream media did pick it up. I remember Max's first campaign for the Senate when he wore out something like 9 pairs of shoes walking all over Montana. Montana is the third largest state, in area, in the US, so he did lots of walking. I voted in my first election that year. He has been a good representative of our state and has been an ethical man. I have never known him to do anything to dishonor the floor of the Senate. A woman I know went to work in his office and she has had nothing but good to say about him. I listened to the video and, knowing how he sometimes speaks, heard a frustrated individual but not a drunk one. I wish he could turn around and sue the jerks that say that kind of crap but he wouldn't. The majority of the people that matter will know it isn't true.


youmustbejoking
Comment posted January 9, 2010 @ 2:20 am

The thing that ticks me off about this whole thing is someone starts a smear campaign against a senator with absolutely no evidence and some main stream media did pick it up. I remember Max's first campaign for the Senate when he wore out something like 9 pairs of shoes walking all over Montana. Montana is the third largest state, in area, in the US, so he did lots of walking. I voted in my first election that year. He has been a good representative of our state and has been an ethical man. I have never known him to do anything to dishonor the floor of the Senate. A woman I know went to work in his office and she has had nothing but good to say about him. I listened to the video and, knowing how he sometimes speaks, heard a frustrated individual but not a drunk one. I wish he could turn around and sue the jerks that say that kind of crap but he wouldn't. The majority of the people that matter will know it isn't true.


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