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Alas, poor Jonah. You have provided more mocking fodder for the gentle souls at Sadly, No! To wit:

Gavin adds: To be rigorously charitable, he might have been attempting a joke. But as usual, the joke is ultimately on Jonah:

Jonah Goldberg, January 10, 2008:

[Ezra Klein] calls John Holbo’s “review” of my book “one of the finest pieces of writing I’ve ever read in the blogosphere.” Of course Holbo hadn’t actually — what’s that word again? oh right — read my book before he crafted this oh so fine piece of writing. Once again, Ezra is so perfectly, comically, Ezra. He himself famously finds it very hard to read books (It’s hard and it’s boring and it takes a really long time, he says). So he outsources criticism to people who haven’t read it either. It’s a pas de deux of phone-it-in hackery.

Wait, let’s have that phrase again:

…phone-it-in hackery.

Jonah Goldberg, May 30, 2008:

In McClellan’s book, What Happened (oddly missing a question mark), the author purports to explain how the Bush White House launched a “propaganda machine” to push the country into a war of choice.

I have not read the book. I will once I finish eating the contents of my sock drawer (which ranks slightly higher on my to-do list).

Don’t forget the crow drawer.

Ouch, that’s gonna leave a scorch mark. The stupid…it burns.

(By now, astute readers will have realized that this is merely my excuse to post Clif’s superb illustration — how often do you find a photo containing that much butt paste? It just cries out for a caption befitting its pasty splendor, doesn’t it? Happy weekend.)

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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