No one to blame but the Republicans

In the closing weeks of the campaign season, I felt like I was a lawyer who had a bad client while writing this blog. That client was the Republican Party which had broken its Contract with America from 1994 and had become unmoored from its conservative principles. As its advocate, I couldn’t make a more compelling case for Republicans staying in power than the fact that the Democrats would be worse. I believed in that case, but when that’s all the party gave its advocates to work with, you can honestly conclude that Republicans got this drubbing the old fashioned way — we earned it.

Dean Barnett

Comments on blogs dangerous?

Hugh Hewitt Hugh Hewitt, in the same sentence, explains (maybe) why he he doesn’t have comments on his blog and at the same time destroys his ability to win a defamation suit against derogatory comments in a blog.

So let’s get a little bit more conspiratorial. Let’s say you want to take down a blog or at least bleed it a little. So you hire someone to post a series of defamatory comments about you or a close associate, and then you bring or finance the payback lawsuit.

As the World Turns

Stop the world; I want to get off. Actually, I feel like I did and I’m trying to get back on. After being sick for over a week, going on vacation for a long weekend (while sick), and then having a two-day business trip packed with fun-filled meetings (yup, that’s the closest I’ll come to blogging about work; see Dooce for the reasons), I have no idea what’s going on in the “real world.” I don’t care.

Reading progress. I planned to finish Hugh Hewitt‘s book In, But Not Of while on vacation, but didn’t even pick it up. So much for giving it to my brother while on the business trip. That’s okay; he’s still reading Hewitt’s Blog.

After getting The Message for Christmas, I resolved (yeah, I lied, so sue me) to read it straight through. I’ve slogged through Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy and am now making quicker progress: I zipped through Joshua and am in Judges.

I’m convinced Moses was trained as a middle manager or accountant in Egypt. He tells you everything three times. “God told me to tell the Israelites X. I told the Israelites to do X. The Israelites did X.” Or worse, he gives painstakingly, redundant detail. (See Numbers 7.) I got it the first time. Is it cheating to skim?

Reading Joshua was a breath of fresh air. For example, there’s detail for day one marching around Jericho, and then: “On the second day they again circled the city once and returned to camp. They did this six days.” (Joshua 6:14, The Message.) Wow!