But here’s some quotes from a random perusal of other pieces on the front page of her blog:
Yes, yes, I know the liberals are squirming in their seats, waiting until they can tell me that it is a MORAL OUTRAGE that I called our system progressive. (link)
That’s a genuine question, and one that I think congressional democrats and Democratic wonks should probably be more conflicted about than they apparently are. Not to concern troll, but it’s a genuinely tricky, and interesting, political question. If you think a second stimulus will work, and is needed, then you’re risking the 2010 midterms and the 2012 election if you don’t do it. On the other hand, what’s the point of electing Democrats if they can’t get a single major program passed?(link)
Medicare has lots of administrative cost savings, they will say. This may be so. But I mean mythical in another sense: there’s ultimately no way to prove or disprove these amazing savings. The problem is indeterminate. (link)
What happens to the cottage industry among Democratic-leaning armchair economists grinding out analyses proving that Democratic presidents are, like, totally awesome for the economy? Presuming that we’re stuck–as seem very likely–in at least a couple of years of really grinding low-to-no growth, Obama is going to destroy their figures. Are we in for a resurgence of belief in exogenous growth factors? (link)
Almost the entire blog is devoted to concern trolling Democratic/liberal policies and ideas, quite frequently with the caveat that she basically agrees with the policy or idea. As contrarian wankery goes, it’s not bad, certainly much better than Mickey Kaus or William Saletan (though not as good as Kinsley), though there’s too much overt emphasis on pissing off her liberal friends (even Kaus occasionally pretends to take positions for some reason other than his desire to annoy liberals).
But — and I know I’m obsessed with this — why does contrarian concern trolling of liberal policies have to be the dominant mode of so much of the punditocracy? I understand the value of one or two New Republic-type columnists but why do there to be thousands? And why is that when a more-or-less exact replica of dozens of other contrarian concern trolls appears, that replica is greeted as a “fresh voice”?
I’m willing to offer one possible explanation: conservativism is so intellectually bereft that there’s no way to even discuss its positions without laughing, so the default smart-ass position is to nitpick at liberals. But I still don’t think that explains why there is so much of this stuff and why pissing off liberals is considered so important.