Nemmindme... just suffering some BDS here...
Well, I've just been checking out a new toy I found (I think through Firedoglake) called Clusty which is kinda a Google thing but searches blogs as well & "clusters" results into specific categories.
Such as the category "Elections, Cornyn (9)" which I found while clusterficating (??) the name "Pere Ubu" (the (9) refers to the number of links in that cluster).
Well, imagine my suprise to find out that a number of people had linked to the blog here as a result of that posting, the one where John Cornyn makes a snarky comment to Dana Bash about "always having elections in this country". Thanks to all who linked - you've given me a lil' ego boost in doing this (cue Sally Struthers: "You LIKE ME!" ;))
There's always a dark side though, a slime-encrusted grease trap to the fast food of life. Someone at some enclave of wingnuttia called "IndustrialBlog" decided to take Atrios, and therefore me, to task for bein' all silly 'n paranoid and stuff about Cornyn's comment:
I guess if you're willing to insist on taking what your opponents' statements in the worst possible light, instead of actually understand what they're saying, you'll screw up like Atrios did.
Well, the comments for that post are long shut off, so I'll just have to defend myself here. I saw this exchange on CNN TV that morning - I didn't just read it on CNN.com or whatever. Cornyn's comment was delivered largely straight-faced; if it was supposed to be humorous, it's the damndest dryest humor I've ever seen. And I'm a big fan of dry humor.
And a comment from someone (possibly IndustrialBlog's owner) named Bill:
Mebbe Atrios is having some fun ... but did you see Pere Ubu's comments? PB's quite serious, and unless Atrios is having fun at the expense of his friend PB, then it's doubtful it's a joke.
Aw, yeah, hell, how COULD I take that seriously? After all, it was all just in good fun! Never mind the larger context of people having talked seriously back in 2004 about suspending elections, the New York Times op-ed I linked to awhile back suggesting the repeal of the two-term limit for Presidents (or even Preznits, in Bush's case), and Bush's own lil' "funny" about a dictatorship "being so much easier, so long as I'm the dictator". Yeah, when elected (or unelected, in Bush's case) officials start even JOKING about things like that, in a post-9/11 world where we're supposed to shut up, sit down and let the "Unitary Executive" do what he damn well pleases - well, GOD FORBID I shouldn't see the humor in that.