Details, schmetails, I’ve got a post to write..
I just got around to this from Roger L Simon, the manwhocreatedmoseswine:
The writer – with whose work I am not overly familiar but who is clearly full of rage toward the Connecticut Senator – calls Lieberman “Rape Gurney Joe,” an apparent reference to the reviled “Tail Gunner Joe” [McCarthy]. Evidently Lieberman has defended the post-rape policies of Catholic hospitals, which this blogger (FDL) finds anathema. Now I don’t know where Lieberman really stands on this issue in detail. It is certainly a complex one because those of us who are particularly staunch on church-state separation (traditionally a liberal position) might find ourselves constrained to defend the Catholics, although we might not agree with their pro-life policies, especially in this instance.
I believe that, in the matter of this post, Mr. Simon is invoking what is known as the Jonah Goldberg Rule which states that a blogger who isn’t really up on what is going on and can’t be bothered to delve into the finer points because of some impending prior commitment (in Roger’s case we assume that he needed to get to Dennys before they stopped serving the senior meals and the steam tables were in danger of being turned off) tosses off a little post… but they’ll get back to us later with a sophisticated exegesis, I promise.
The beauty of the Goldberg Rule is that you can make some broad general claim based upon a cursory or “drive-by” observation on a topic that everyone else is talking about even if, not to put too fine of a point on it, you don’t know what the fuck is going on. Later you just move on to the outrage or spin point du jour and no one is any wiser, not that they would have been any way.
As they say: it’s good work if you can get it.