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This is the most brilliant post I've read on the Cohen piece!

It's the only post I've read on the Cohen piece, which I didn't read either, but still, this is a brilliant post.

I'm not being sarcastic--you've really nailed the root cause of the poor state of pundrity these days. I read an actual NYTimes while I was in the States, and I found myself thinking Maureen Dowd is really a sloppy writer. "eRobin's so much better," I told myself, and a couple of other people on the airplane who heard me muttering.

You should be writing for the NY Times, but of course then you'd lose all credibility.

It's true: folks like Cohen usually bring nothing to the table beyond an affected 'reasonableness', which is not always the virtue they think it is. I've long since headed elsewhere, including here, for my punditry fix.

(And I'll try not to dwell on what exactly I bring to the table; but I appreciate the good words.)

She's back!

Who is this guy? I've read a few diaries about him but nobody says what his website is called.

I think I disagree with Kathy ; you wouldn't lose ALL your credibility if you joined the NYT. The reason is that you, along with many who blog, already consider the question which seems to be the one forced recently upon Cohen; namely "what am I doing all this for? what do I bring to ther table that's unique?"

If you get paid for your job it's all too easy to answer that question with a dismissive, "for the money".

While it's true that some bloggers are experts in their own right on some issues, most manage to contribute even if they are not. There just seems to be more motivation for them to do a good job somehow.

Cohen write for the pro-war WaPo. He's one of their liberal-hating liberals.

While it's true that some bloggers are experts in their own right on some issues, most manage to contribute even if they are not. There just seems to be more motivation for them to do a good job somehow.

That's what kept me from posting for those few days. I couldn't think of anything that needed to be said. I was over at my Phillyburbs site where the pond is smaller and I can find more to say.

In a way I do sympathize with people who get paid to bloviate. It's got to be a killer to come up with stuff on deadline every week. Still, they shouldn't take out their frustration on bloggers who do the job better.

In a way I do sympathize with people who get paid to bloviate. It's got to be a killer to come up with stuff on deadline every week.

I've done it, and in a field that requires research rather than just having an opinion. It's not all that difficult.

Also, I think your last link is malformed. ;)

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