I was recently thinking, "if only Ann Althouse would write a post that would highlight all the problems I have with her style and outlook on blogging and politics," and then she goes and does it. I think it really encapsulates the banal superficiality of her blog. Take this passage:
"I haven't been reading PoliPundit or, really, any of the debate about immigration in the blogosphere. If I had been, I probably would only write about "tone and tenor of the debate." I consider immigration a complex policy problem, and I steer clear of ideologues spouting on the topic. I hear the President gave a speech on the subject last night and that he sounded moderate. Good. He's fending off the ideologues -- I hope."
So. Many. Things. Wrong. So let's get this straight. Immigration is a "complex policy issue" (aren't they all?) so, in order to form an opinion about it, Professor Althouse has decided to not listen to the ongoing debate on the subject. And, without listening to the debate on this complex issue, she has decided that both sides on the blogosphere are equally wrongheaded ideologues. I agree that immigration is a complex issue, but if the choice is between amnesty moving towards citizenship and trying to deport 12 million people, is that really a difficult choice? Isn't it worth five minutes of your time?
And of course, Professor Althouse decides to opine on an immigration speech despite indicating that she hadn't read it or listened to it. And then she concludes that it is good that Bush "sounded" moderate, as if "sounding" moderate is what keeps the ideologues at bay. Being moderate does that, sounding moderate just produces hot air. And why should we conclude that being moderate is automatically the right course in all complex issues? Healthcare is complex, but the moderate solution (directed competition) has been an unalloyed disaster.
This post has everything. The triumph of message over substance, the almot zen-like disengagement from the issue , and the mindless advocacy for "moderate" solutions no matter what the political situation all create the perfect Althouse post.
The unbearable lightness of being Ann Althouse...