So Long, And Thanks for all the Fish

This stinks. Hilzoy is hanging up the keyboard.

One of the nicest and most genuine people on the whole internet.






43 replies
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    My hope is that she will take a break and then when the blogging bug bites again she’ll return. Alas, the blogosphere is indeed losing one of its clearest thinkers and better writers.

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    ksmiami says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO – well I do think that she’ll be back when she realizes that yes, a large percentage of the country is still insane, or when Jeff Sessions makes some idiotic comment on the Tee Vee.

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    SGEW says:

    I am . . . I’m honestly crushed.

    hilzoy is the only one on the internet I trust entirely.

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    mai naem says:

    She’ll be back. There is no way somebody that good is going to hang it up forevah.
    Anybody watching Morning Ho with Lizzie Cheney? Lizzie needs as assist from Dan Senor dealing with Eugene Robinson. Lizzie is going the Sarah Palin route of the a la carte menu on why her daddy decided not to brief Congress. These people just obfuscate to the point where you want to scream.

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    BethanyAnne says:

    Hilzoy is who I want to be when I grow up. I hope she decides to still post sometimes.

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    Cat Lady says:

    @mai naem:

    Thanks for watching so I don’t have to. I have unfurrowed my brow and unclenched my fists since I gave up hoping that Mika would exhibit some evidence of having learned something from her father, and stopped watching.

    Hilzoy will be back. She’ll see that no one is making the point that needs to be made, and duty will call.

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    R-Jud says:

    Damn. Is there a “Bare-Faced Please-Don’t-Go-Away Bird”?

    Hilzoy cites a lessening of crazy invective as her reason for backing off the blogging.
    a) Not sure I agree with that;
    b) I kind of hope it gets a little crazy again, if only to nudge her back into writing.

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    Morbo says:

    Well… crap. I guess I’ll be reading a lot more of the ObWi comment sections now in order to keep getting her opinions.

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    SGEW says:

    Does anyone else feel like the only adult in the room is leaving?

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    kid bitzer says:

    your title is perfect, john (as always).
    it captures the way that hilzoy has always sounded like a member of a distinct, benign, hyper-intelligent race.

    dolphin, alien, angel, not clear. but certainly not just another human being.

    human beings don’t have that constant clarity, that dispassionate compassion, that ruthless commitment to evenhanded fairness, all warmed by a genuine concern for the world.

    i have no idea what’s really behind her keyboard, but i guess i’ve always thought it was some kind of angel.
    with occasional anecdotes about her waitressing in biker-bars to throw us off the scent.

    still, it could also be a dolphin, who didn’t want to get stuck blogging about dolphin-advocacy issues.

    anyhow, we were damned lucky to have her on the internets. hope she comes back some day.

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    Ugh says:

    Does anyone else feel like the only adult in the room is leaving?

    That’s perfect.

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    Fleem says:

    Just damn damn damn damn. Nothing to look forward to at 2 AM anymore.

    And safe travels.

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    Hilzoy’s not only one of the best bloggers out here in the ether, but she’d also be one of my top two or three choices that I’d like to see on a major op-ed page. I think she’s got a great ‘voice,’ and would do well in a format like that.

    So I’m very sorry to see her hang up the blogging, and I hope that she resumes after a healthy break.

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    Napoleon says:

    I wish her well. I really enjoy her work.

    A question for the others here. Some where along the way I saw that her last name is Bok and she had said something, like her father was a law prof. or at Harvard, which made me wonder if her father is Derek Bok (whom I seem to recall was a law prof at and pres. of Harvard), who wrote one of my law school text books. Does anyone happen to know?

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    Morbo says:

    @Napoleon: Wikipedia knows all, and the answer is yes. Gotta love that turn-around time for updating their information, too.

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    Elroy's Lunch says:

    @Napoleon

    I believe that is correct. She is one voice that I am going to really miss. Everytime I read some wingnut stupidity and thought my brain was going explode she always had something to say that felt like cooling waters flowing thru my skull. Always calmed me down.

    A real class act her.

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    Napoleon says:

    @Morbo:

    I know, the pixels are barely dry on her post and somebody already updated her page on wiki.

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    Demo Woman says:

    Hopefully she will post again. It might not be on a daily basis but I expect to see her presence on the web.
    John don’t get any ideas. Lily and Tunch need us.

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    Sad. I really think it’s important to emphasize that while Hilzoy is hanging up the keyboard, folks like Douthat, Will, Kristol, Krauthammer, and others keep their paychecks.

    Would that the msm paid some decent money for the thoughts of decent people, perhaps she wouldn’t have gone away.

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    zmulls says:

    Shoot.

    And is it ironic that I’m first hearing about it on Balloon Juice?

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    Crashman06 says:

    Farewell, sweet prince(ss).

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    Brian J says:

    @arguingwithsignpsosts:

    The thing is, unlike those guys, hilzoy has a real job. She is a professor at Hopkins and doesn’t need to rely on wingnut welfare.

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    Michael D. says:

    @Brian J: Yeah, I doubt Hilzoy, being a college professor herself, as well as the daughter of the former prez of Harvard and the granddaughter of Nobel Laureates is really hurting for $$.

    Gonna miss her though.

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    Her ostensible reason for stopping — that “the madness has ended” — has me shaking my head. In what alternative universe is THAT the case?

    I don’t give a fart if she quits or not. I just think papering over the fact of useless Obama, the Great Wall Street Raid, unbounded corruption, the unwinding of the world economy, endless war, environmental ignorance, and the obvious rise of fascist nut-job hate speech by the allegedly legitimate opposition party is tra-la-la GOOFY.

    Quit if you must, but don’t insult my intelligence in the process.

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    Media Maimonides (formerly Browski) says:

    The Washington Monthly is my go to source for sane and unspun analysis. Hilzoy will be missed.

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    Media Maimonides (formerly Browski) says:

    @John Hamilton Farr: “useless Obama”

    How soon they forget . . .

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    John Cole says:

    @kid bitzer: What I was thinking when I wrote it.

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    margarita says:

    Quit if you must, but don’t insult my intelligence in the process.

    Hilzoy said that the particular madness — as in literal, mass crazy — which initially forced her into blogging has ebbed. The stupid and venal and malicious will always be with us.

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    Brian J says:

    @Michael D:

    I only recently became familiar with her, but every time I read something by her, I wish that I thought and wrote like that. And if that doesn’t signal quality of mind, I don’t know what does.

    I know budgets are tight these days, but you’d think that an old media newspaper or even a newer media news organization would want someone like her to do a column once or twice a week. Yes, budgets are tight, but she’d probably command a smaller salary that someone who has been doing commentary for a long time. Plus, the increase in credibility would almost certainly be worth more than whatever they pay her.

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    ThatLeftTurnInABQ says:

    I don’t give a fart if she quits or not. I just think papering over the fact of useless Obama, the Great Wall Street Raid, unbounded corruption, the unwinding of the world economy, endless war, environmental ignorance, and the obvious rise of fascist nut-job hate speech by the allegedly legitimate opposition party is tra-la-la GOOFY.

    Hilzoy is right. There has never been a golden era of US politics when things were much better than they are now. The madness and stupidity and venality have always been with us. Go read Perlstein’s Gathering Storm for a good example of how freaking nuts it was back during an era (the late 1950s and early 1960s) that is now bathed in a golden glow of nostalgia.

    How it is today, this is as good as it gets. These are the “good old days” that you will tell your children and grandchildren about. And compared with the collective madness of 2002-2006, I’ll take it.

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    norbizness says:

    Seriously, if you were blogging until stupid people on some dipshit reactionary’s comment section (assuming they have a comment section) stop saying stupid things, well…

    … I think Free Republic pre-dates us all.

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    Rusty Nails says:

    I blame David Letterman.

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    Irrelevant,YetPoignant says:

    I blame Obama. Literally.

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    D-Chance. says:

    RIP, Hilzoy.

    Guess that thing where you were “co-featured” with Benen didn’t work out quite like you might have envisioned…

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    prospero says:

    Quitting because now everything is fixed and the madness is over and good times forever after. Also, previously a Wes Clark supporter. Yeah. That level of clear thinking will really be missed.

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    mclaren says:

    If he’s smart, he’ll relinquish his American citizenship and move to Canada.

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    Batocchio says:

    Damn, what a loss. I’ve cited her work countless times. She really excelled at thoughtful analysis and was a master of the polite debunk. I hope she’ll be back eventually, but best wishes to her.

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    gil mann says:

    Quitting because now everything is fixed and the madness is over and good times forever after.

    Her point exactly.

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    I greatly admire and respect Hilzoy’s work. Her entries were thoughtful, measured, and well-researched. I wish she wouldn’t resign, but I can respect her desire to hang it up. Good luck, Hilzoy, and thank you for being one of the best bloggers in the blogosphere.

    P.S. I took her post to mean that the mass hysteria of ‘why do you hate America?’ is on the wane as the reason for resigning now–not that politics/politicians are any less crazy or messed up.

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    Paula says:

    One of the few truly rational people in the political blogosphere. Figures.

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    wonkie says:

    WaPo gave Sarah Palin space in their rag.

    Fucking stupid business model: insult the intelligence of your readers! Maybe there would be a newspaper worth subscribing to if one would give hilzoy a column.

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