It’s a perfectly lovely morning here, the last few days’ oppressive humidity blown off, the sun gleaming, the air deliciously cool. So you know what that means:
The people across the street are having some trees trimmed this morning. Yes, a wood chipper. I am going insane.
This is the downside of work-at-home self-employment. Well, that and the lousy money, and the lack of health insurance, and no one to bat ideas around with. I could probably think of a few more, but, well — the wood chipper just fired up again.
Sorry. I shouldn’t complain.
Having a bit of difficulty getting started this a.m. Or rather, I got started pretty early on other stuff, and can’t shift my head into blogspace. It seemed I missed a lot in my absence, including the whole Weigel thing, which I still can’t quite wrap my head around. The WashPost hires a blogger to cover the conservative movement, encourages a blogging voice, and then pushes him out when he becomes, what? A little too blogalicious? Because he trashed Matt Drudge? In writing? Well, OK. I get it. You can’t go around making smart cracks of the sort people make every day, at least not in writing. Because that would prove…something, I dunno.
For the record: I’m in favor of a more open exchange of ideas and even insults. If that means a lot of “biased” people get to keep their jobs, then so be it. I liked Weigel’s columns while they lasted. Have we figured out who dimed him? I’m still catching up, but this…
“It seems like he spends a lot of time apologizing,” said Penny Nance, the chief executive of Concerned Women for America, one of Weigel’s conservative critics. “The problem is Concerned Women for America and other conservatives resent the idea of the Washington Post or other major news affiliates hiring people who hate us to be the ones to report on us. David Weigel has already shown great distaste, if not downright disdain, for conservatives, so it’s difficult for us to take the Post seriously when this is the person the Post hires to cover conservatives.”
…caught my eye. In other words, we want to approve who covers us. The line for ring-kissing forms to the left. I can’t add more than Scott Lemieux at LGM, so I won’t.
And with that, I think I’d best get back to work. We’re obviously off the rails here. Apologies, and I’ll try to come to the table with a little more sentence-crafting savvy tomorrow.