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September 12, 2006
By: Kevin Drum

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Charlie, for you, the correct name of your new party would be "Independ." Until you decide to go back to the Republic party, that is.

Posted by: shortstop on September 12, 2006 at 3:19 PM | PERMALINK

I would gladly donate to get rid of Thomas1. If Kevin can't figure out a way to raise revenue from the regular posters here to update his software and hire someone to do the update so this blog can be registered, I am fucking out of here.

I am *so* not playing around this time.

Bob

Posted by: rmck1 on September 12, 2006 at 3:22 PM | PERMALINK

Cute, Thomas.

I honestly think you need to reconsider those side-effects while you're pretending to swallow the pills. Maybe drooling all over yourself in a rigid stupor *is* an intelligent lifestyle option for you, after all.

Bob

Posted by: rmck1 on September 12, 2006 at 3:43 PM | PERMALINK

For the record, Thomas, you antics don't quite rise to the level of ban-worthy.

Most of the time.

Bob

Posted by: rmck1 on September 12, 2006 at 3:49 PM | PERMALINK

Nonsense - banning Charlie would make me very happy. It's not just the inanities - it's the smug delivery. Kinda reminds me of Shrub.

Posted by: craigie on September 12, 2006 at 4:01 PM | PERMALINK

I could almost consider it if the magazine were anywhere close to as liberal as Kevin. It's pretty consistently middle of the road. Just look what's up there now. A whole issue so that conservatives can safely distance themselves from Bush. A magazine rating system devoted to the cause of "improving" on those selfish academic by getting ROTC on campus and maybe a business school.

Posted by: artcrit on September 12, 2006 at 4:01 PM | PERMALINK

Thomas1;
do you have any idea what the word "denial" means?

Posted by: Osama_Been_Forgotten on September 12, 2006 at 4:02 PM | PERMALINK

Christ, if we were measuring smugness, Charlie wouldn't even make the top 10 here; some of the guys on our side would give him a serious run for his money. However, if we used a point system that assigns different values to smugness, strawman construction, lack of analytical skill, dearth of reading comprehension, criminal repetition, number of self-referential posts, profanity, snarkery...

...Wait, some of this isn't lookin' so good for me. (Small voice) Never mind.

Posted by: shortstop on September 12, 2006 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

Ah, but you have introspection. That's why you can never be a conservative.

Posted by: craigie on September 12, 2006 at 4:26 PM | PERMALINK

or is it a federal crime a change party affiliations after 50 years?

I have no doubt that it soon will be, at least in the GOP -> anyplace else direction.

Posted by: craigie on September 12, 2006 at 4:28 PM | PERMALINK

If anyone interested in the actual topic of this post is still reading - and bless you - let me say that although I am more liberal than Kevin, and often deplore the DLC wimpiness of the magazine, I have been a subscriber for 25 years, and have never regretted a dime's worth. I take one weekly and seven monthly magazines, and the Monthly is the only one in which I read every single word - and finish wishing for more. I have been financing two gift subscriptions for several years and keep doing so only partly because of the effusive thanks I get every year from the recipients.

For us political geeks, the Monthly is a national treasure. Pry open those wallets, people!

Posted by: Yellow Dog on September 12, 2006 at 4:36 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, keep the "Click to support" gif but please get rid of the Paypal button. It looks way too tacky for WM.

Posted by: Disputo on September 12, 2006 at 4:37 PM | PERMALINK

I've been saying this off and on for years in this space, but while I love what the Washington Monthly does in terms of getting important stories out, I find subscribing to it to be quite frustrating: half the content trickles out online before I get my paper copy, and by then the whole thing feels dated, so I never read the rest of it.

The American Prospect has an online-subscription option, and I wish the Monthly would do the same. Or at least make ALL its articles available online to those of us who are subscribing to the magazine.

My Monthly subscription recently expired, and I'll probably re-up soon, despite my frustrations with the magazine. But I may just wait awhile first, so my irritation with the current state of things can fade a bit.

Posted by: RT on September 12, 2006 at 4:37 PM | PERMALINK

I don't get it. I thought George Soros funded all you lefty-media types.

At least that's what all the Mellon-Scaife (et al) funded media tells me...

Posted by: raff on September 12, 2006 at 4:40 PM | PERMALINK

Well, now we have a yellow-dog Democrat conceding that he's farther left than Kevin. That about says it all.

However, I will pony up for the privilege of reading Kevin's more courageous posts, the good posters who haven't yet fled and the ability to run my mouth like this without being moderated off the blog.

Posted by: shortstop on September 12, 2006 at 4:40 PM | PERMALINK

That's right, craigie. And Bush personally set demolitions at the WTC too. Careful, your tin-foil hat is slipping off.

The only thing nuttier than believing that, would be believing that BushCo has America's best interests at heart.

Posted by: craigie on September 12, 2006 at 4:44 PM | PERMALINK

In fact, this post is a simple, straightforward, all-American appeal for your support, to help keep both this blog and The Washington Monthly print magazine going.

Have you tried George Soros?

Posted by: sportsfan79 on September 12, 2006 at 4:44 PM | PERMALINK

I don't get it. I thought George Soros funded all you lefty-media types.

Damn!! "raff" beat me to it at 4:40. I thought I'd be the first with the 'George Soros' reference.

Posted by: sportsfan79 on September 12, 2006 at 4:46 PM | PERMALINK

Uh-oh. Thomas is getting all literal-minded and OCD again,
roundhouse responding and spamming us with dictionary definitions.

Clue 1: When he "doesn't" recognize a spoofed
crosspost of "mine" that had been plastered all
over the blog relentlessly in earlier spoof attacks.

How utterly *coy* of him :)

> 8. Psychology. an unconscious defense mechanism used
> to reduce anxiety by denying thoughts, feelings, or
> facts that are consciously intolerable.

Yeah, Thomas. Definition number 8, that's the ticket :)

Bob

Posted by: rmck1 on September 12, 2006 at 4:47 PM | PERMALINK

sportsfan, you'll save time and disappointment if you just assume you've been beaten to it--and beaten--in every thread.

Helmet on. Don't forget.

Posted by: shortstop on September 12, 2006 at 4:51 PM | PERMALINK

shortstop -- wow, lame comeback.

Posted by: sportsfan79 on September 12, 2006 at 5:06 PM | PERMALINK

sportsfan79:

I know you are, but what am I?

I'm rubber, you're glue. Everything you say bounces off me and sticks to you.

You were born from a fanny plopper.

He who smelt it, dealt it. And he who denied it -- supplied it!

etc. etc. etc.

Oh and one more (see if you can't catch the reference).

"Mom said they left feces all over everywhere."

"What are feces?"

"Baby mice."

"Awwww."

One of the funniest lines in any movie I can recall. But you need to see it to know why ...

Bob

Posted by: rmck1 on September 12, 2006 at 5:14 PM | PERMALINK

I have adopted the new web-standard for honest spoofing of trolls.

I prefix the troll's name with a "(fake)" to denote the fakeness. This preserves all of the sarcastic intent, while eliminating the dishonesty inherent in other traditional methods.

I expect "conservative" trolls to most likely, not adopt this new way of spoof-posting, because, after all, they're conservative, and like to "preserve the old ways" - and also, they're lying assholes.

Posted by: (fake)Jay on September 12, 2006 at 5:25 PM | PERMALINK

What a great idea, (fake)Jay!

That's right, craigie. And Bush personally set demolitions at the WTC too. Careful, your tin-foil hat is slipping off.
Posted by: Thomas1 on September 12, 2006 at 4:30 PM | PERMALINK

Of course not. Bush has servants do these sorts of things for him, through proxies. You know, for the plausible deniability factor.

1. an assertion that something said, believed, alleged, etc., is false

ie: Despite his denials, everyone knew that Thomas1 was a lifelong Republican, and that he could no more vote Democrat than a monkey could fly out my butt, evolve into a pig, and sprout wings.

Posted by: Osama_Been_Forgotten on September 12, 2006 at 5:32 PM | PERMALINK

if we used a point system that assigns different values to smugness, strawman construction, lack of analytical skill, dearth of reading comprehension, criminal repetition, number of self-referential posts, profanity, snarkery...

Yeah, that would be great. But it would also be nice to track the IP so that you could permanently ignore comments by certain people. I hate getting two sentences into a comment and then realizing I just wasted the last 5 seconds. *sigh*

Posted by: gq on September 12, 2006 at 5:39 PM | PERMALINK

slashcode has all those features.

http://www.slashcode.com/

And it's free.

Posted by: Osama_Been_Forgotten on September 12, 2006 at 5:42 PM | PERMALINK

But can you get us any contracts in Iraq?

Posted by: R.L. on September 12, 2006 at 5:44 PM | PERMALINK

gq: I hate getting two sentences into a comment and then realizing I just wasted the last 5 seconds. *sigh*

Owwwwww!

But I agree in principle!

Posted by: shortstop on September 12, 2006 at 6:10 PM | PERMALINK

I have no doubt that it soon will be, at least in the GOP -> anyplace else direction.

Perfect. And those who are not already in GOP by birth will have to pay jajiya.

Posted by: gregor on September 12, 2006 at 6:54 PM | PERMALINK

I actually agree w/Thomas1, whole-heartedly, if he's real and not Charlie or some other conservative troll.

I voted Green in 2004, after not voting Presidentially in 2000. I would prefer to vote Social Democrat, as the Greens are still:
A. Somewhat narrowly focused and
B. Somewhat too New Agey at times, but..

We ain't got a Social Democratic party, and probably never will.

That said, I'd send WaMonthly some love money if it hired an actual left-liberal on staff.

As for myself, as I get older, I see myself becoming more left-liberal if anything; I read mags like this at times as much to remind me how short America falls of real democratic potential as for anything else.

Posted by: SocraticGadfly on September 12, 2006 at 7:38 PM | PERMALINK

Thomas:

I don't remember Charlie, so I can't say. But we've already determined beyond a shadow of a doubt that you're Cheney :)

But taking your straight "Thomas" persona into account and othing else -- it's disingenuous to say that you aren't a "neoconservative troll."

There's a term for the kind of trolling you do, Thomas. You're a "concern troll." You pretend to be a Democrat while arguing against every Democratic position that gets discussed here -- from the *right*. Including and especially the Iraq war.

So you've got exactly *zero* in common with a Euro-style Social Democrat-type like SocraticGadfly, my friend.

Bob

Posted by: rmck1 on September 12, 2006 at 8:18 PM | PERMALINK

You're a weird person, Thomas.

I'm just setting the record straight.

You tell lies about your persona, you'll get smacked.

And hardly by yours truly alone.

Bob

Posted by: rmck1 on September 12, 2006 at 8:31 PM | PERMALINK

If you folks would stop feeding the troll he would wither up and die.

Posted by: Disputo on September 12, 2006 at 8:49 PM | PERMALINK

>If you folks would stop
>feeding the troll he
>would wither up and die.

Fuck that! I have problems! You people don't show me enough deference and respect. I will *eviscerate* these trolls and still find time to post about *butt lube* and snark to my heart's content.

Once I fill the massive hole in my soul, the pain will go away and I can go back to wondering what went wrong. I don't do this because I *want* to. I do this because I *need* to show you cocksuckers who runs the show. Dig?

Bob

Posted by: rmck1 on September 13, 2006 at 1:07 AM | PERMALINK

No, I think you do it because you're off your meds, truthfully.

Hey butt lube, maybe next time you can leave a space after the quote headers and perhaps what you write will begin to approximately resemble a bad simulacrum of a third-generation copy of my posts.

Or maybe it won't.

But hey, practice makes perfect.

Bob

Posted by: rmck1 on September 13, 2006 at 1:34 AM | PERMALINK

Aside from a few specialty publications like NATIONAL JOURNAL, which are able to charge exhorbitant rates to a limited subscriber base, magazines generally make little money from subscribers. They make it up by increasing their circulation and selling ads at higher rates.

It's been a while since I saw a copy of the print edition. Are there no ads?

This site has excellent traffic and BlogAds. That should certainly be enough to cover administrative costs although probably not salaries. Hmm.

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