Thursday, September 21, 2006

On Devils and the Axis of Evil

That's the type of thing presidents of countries call each other these days....

But there are worse things out there, you know. According to David Broder, lefty bloggers are among those worse things:

Now, however, you can see the independence party forming -- on both sides of the aisle. They are mobilizing to resist not only Bush but also the extremist elements in American society -- the vituperative, foul-mouthed bloggers on the left and the doctrinaire religious extremists on the right who would convert their faith into a whipping post for their opponents.

Have another cucumber sandwich, David. Or would you prefer a martini with that bile?

That last sentence in Broder's quote is an example of false balance. The doctrinaire religious extremists on the right are in power. Their desires shape the manner in which this administration operates. The vituperative and foul-mouthed bloggers on the left are nothing but voices in the wilderness, easy to ignore. And their numbers are vanishingly few compared to the millions of staunch Rapturists wingnuts. But some of them have said foul-mouthed things about Broder, so on the list they go. Or we go, I guess.

You may have spotted by now that I'm grumpy today. Too much arguing. That is one aspect of blogging I never anticipated, though I should have. I like a good debate but not 24/7.