Kevin Drum is feeling ornery, and is asking for submissions of the five worst blog posts ever (and, I suppose, the five best). Throw your nominees in the comments. Let’s see what we can come up with, and let’s do the worst first.
1.) My first selection is Ann Althouse video wineblogging, but I am not sure whether to put that in my top five best post list due to the sheer joy it brought me, or the worst because of how truly awful it was. Disqualified because it looks like she sobered up and edited out most of the drinking. Damnit.
1.) John Derbyshire, reacting to the Virginia Tech shooting:
As NRO’s designated chickenhawk, let me be the one to ask: Where was the spirit of self-defense here? Setting aside the ludicrous campus ban on licensed conceals, why didn’t anyone rush the guy?
(Update- it was Michael Kelly, and was then filched by Coulter, so it does not count as a blog post. We need a new #2).
2.) Whatever post started the “objectively pro-terrorist” crap that so completely poisoned the blogosphere for, well, still. Can someone remember where that started?
Maybe I’m all alone on this, but I find this kind of behavior despicable and unacceptable. It borders on monstrous indifference to human suffering. Terri Schiavo is starving to death right now. She does feel pain. This is not an abstraction–this is the intentional taking of a life based on the reasoning of a single judge whose flawed finding of fact several years ago put Schiavo’s life in jeopardy. That finding of fact, as to her medical condition, was definitely based on incomplete information, yet it has withstood a raft of appeals mostly because it all keeps coming back to the original flawed finding of fact and the original judge who made it. In that sense, the case is rather simple and a decent take on it can be obtained by a gaining a fairly cursory understanding of what did and did not enter into the original case. Namely, the finding that Terri Schiavo lives in a persistent vegatative state is based on a 45 minute examination by one doctor and a half hour examination by another, neither of whom ordered MRI or other tools routinely used to diagnose a PVS condition. That failure means that the diagnosis is at best incomplete and at worst may be evidence of malpractice. There is much more about Terri’s actual condition here, for anyone actually interested in the facts of this case.
In the mean time, she has done no wrong, and her husband has done much wrong, yet because of this original flawed finding of fact and a great deal of indifference to her plight, she will soon die. But these bloggers (and many others I respect, such as National Review’s John Derbyshire) are essentially saying “Don’t bother me with the facts because they’re unknowable, I don’t care if that woman dies a cruel death, but you’re wrong to intervene to save her. Of that, I am absolutely, resolutely sure. So just make it all go away.”
Well soon enough, it will all just go away because Terri Schiavo will be dead. She will have died of starvation and dehydration over the course of a few days or even weeks. She will have felt pain the entire time, and will have thus been tortured to death. Intentional ignorance of the facts pertaining to her case will also have been a contributing factor to her death.
After recognizing the triumph of Ignorance, Preston immediately went on ignorance’s payroll as one of Malkin’s chief bloggers at Hot Air.
3.) Michelle Malkin’s I Am Sam or I am not Afraid or I am John Doe post (real name- The John Doe Manifesto. Unfortunately, unlike the other great manifesto of our time, written by the Unabomber, this was not banged out on a typewriter by a recluse in a cabin in the woods, but by someone who is treated as a thinker and a celebrity by the right) A sample:
I am John Doe.
I will support law enforcement initiatives to spy on your operatives, cut off your funding, and disrupt your murderous conspiracies.
I will oppose all attempts to undermine our borders and immigration laws.
I will resist the imposition of sharia principles and sharia law in my taxi cab, my restaurant, my community pool, the halls of Congress, our national monuments, the radio and television airwaves, and all public spaces.
I will not be censored in the name of tolerance.
5.) Hugh Hewitt, defending Harriet Meiers:
Does George W. Bush deserve any loyalty from his party? From pundits identified with his party? If so, how much and why not more?
Do Harriett Miers’ many accomplishments count for nothing?
Does Harriett Miers strike the commentator as a dedicated public servant?
Hugh just couldn’t quite grasp that she was Bush’s choice for the SUPREME FUCKING COURT, and not for the chairman of the Orange County GOP.
*** Update ***
And because you all are cruel bastards, pick the five worst posts I have made. 2002-2005 is a target rich environment. And I hate you all in advance.