How did I ever miss Whack-A-Jonah Weekend?
Tons o’ fun over the weekend.
Goldberg actually says,
“For the record, I did in fact mean it. I wrote it here. As for why my sorry a** isn’t in the kill zone, lots of people think this is a searingly pertinent question. No answer I could give — I’m 35 years old, my family couldn’t afford the lost income, I have a baby daughter, my a** is, er, sorry, are a few — ever seem to suffice.”
Goldberg helped send nearly 1500 brave Americans to their deaths and helped maim over 10,000, not to mention all the innocent Iraqi civilians he helped get killed. He helped dragoon 140,000 US troops in Iraq. And he does not have the courage of his convictions. His excuse is that he couldn’t afford to take the pay cut!
What is Goldberg going to say to the tens of thousands of reservists he helped send to Iraq, who are losing their mortgages and small businesses and have been kidnapped for 18 months at a time (not what they thought they were signing up for) by Rumsfeld? “Well guys, thanks for carrying out the policy I wanted to see, and for putting your own little girls into penury. I’d have loved to help out, but my little girl is more important than yours and besides, I like a good meal and I hear you only get MREs.”
After reading that, Jonah responds:
My email box is now constantly overflowing with email from fans of Cole, Wolcott, Atrios etc. Nothing like waking up on a lovely Sunday morning to a steady stream of entirely unprintable expletives, deranged screams of “chickenhawk!” and more than a smattering of really astoundingly anti-Semitic tirades. It’s not all like that of course. Lots of people think Cole has made a fool of himself, which is still my view. One very illuminating element is that for all of Cole’s alleged scholarly brilliance, the people who take his side seem almost completely unconcered with the substance of any of this. It’s all personal insults. Then again, considering Cole’s original post, the fish rots from the head down.
Nonetheless, I don’t think anybody’s mind has really been changed. Those who thought Cole was a pompous poseur who lets his ego and childish anti-Bush ideology run the show (or who thought Wolcott is a preening sponge) still think that. Those who thought I’m a know-nothing war monger before this spat, still think it now. For the most part, folks who were introduced to me through him, agree with him and vice versa.
So, since I’ve got several deadlines and a Superbowl to contend with, I’ll probably take a break from all of this until at least tomorrow. But for you Cole or Atrios fans, if your testosterone levels have dropped too low and you think cursing at me some more will push them back into the safety zone, by all means keep doing it. Anything to help your self-esteem.
Jesus. To use a Jonah-like analogy; he just had both of his arms and legs cut off, and he still doesn’t even have the dignity to admit that it’s more than a fleshwound.
It’s alright ma, he’s only bleeding.