“It was a short Web piece,” Rosen says now, sounding a little shellshocked. “I basically thought of it as a blog entry.”[….]
Above all, Rosen says he’s drawn a lesson from how his initial essay was treated by people of both ideological stripes. He won’t be blogging any more. He wants to spend more time with the material before hitting “send.”
But, all in all, Whelan’s apology and Rosen’s non-apology are cut from the same cloth. They’re both assholes who weren’t able to get away with their usual bullshit and were forced to make some kind of amends. It’s naive and simplistic to wonder about their consciences and ethics and what not. The criticism got loud enough, and they acted accordingly.
Mostly, there’s good news here. After seeing Whelan and Rosen brought to their knees, others will think twice about outing bloggers and smearing Supreme Court nominees.