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October 30, 2005

I Wish I Had Written This

I wish I had written Fafblog's commentary about Michael Kinsley's latest dumbassery. But to do so I would have had to read Kinsley's dumbassery myself and then think about it, which would disturb my delicate emotional equilibrium.


Michael Kinsley points us to a compelling flaw in the rationale behind the Fitzgerald investigation today: Michael Kinsley doesn't understand it.

True, the Plame scandal is simple enough to be summarized in one sentence, but the devil is in the details. There are names and people and places - names like "Niger", which sounds very much like Nigeria and yet is not Nigeria - and people like "Scooter", which is the name of the Vice President's chief of staff and yet is also the name of a muppet. Will the muppet be indicted? If so, will the muppet himself be charged alone, or are the puppeteers who operate his mouth and limbs also under investigation? Was he voiced by Jim Henson, and if so, how will the Justice Department prosecute the dead? Sorting out these intricate questions of "who" and "what" would take a reporter, and Mr. Kinsley doesn't appear to know any of those.

I don't recommend you examine the dumbassery yourself, but if you do, you will find it reads as though Kinsley wrote it between bites of pizza. Yes, it's a shame 2,000 Americans have died in war based on lies, but the real tragedy is Michael Kinsley had to spend up to twelve seconds writing a column about it.

Posted at October 30, 2005 04:22 PM | TrackBack

Michael Kinsley's still writing copy? You're kidding, right? Next you'll be telling me Ann Coulter still gets invited to appear on TV. After you're proved wrong 400 times, you get fired, doncha?

Posted by: cavjam at October 30, 2005 10:33 PM

No, no. The firing offense is being proven right, once.

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at October 30, 2005 10:43 PM