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December 07, 2004

All Is Vanity 2

The New Republic has published the page of reactions to Peter Beinart's "A Fighting Faith" essay. As I suspected, it's a "letters to the editor" type of thing.

But still, I can now reasonably claim to have been published in TNR as well as The Wall Street Journal, Maxim magazine, and The Weekly Standard.

Not too bad for a guy typing in his pajamas.

In case you're wondering, that's an average of roughly one publishable article for every 2000 posts. As I've said before, given enough quantity, quality inevitably results.

Too bad it doesn't result more often.

Postscript: TNR visitors looking for my original, unedited, response to Beinart's essay will find it here.

Posted by Bigwig at December 7, 2004 01:12 PM | TrackBack
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I happen to be a bit of a liberal hawk myself, and on the Iraq war, it was initially at least a noble cause, regardless of how it turns out. But by calling for the two parties to take more or less identical stands on the big foreign questions of the day, you're basically calling for the disenfranchisement of 45% of American electorate that thinks the war was a stupid idea, and that has a more "realistic", less idealistic, view of the world and just when we ought to send our young men into harms way. Just where are those people supposed to go?

Posted by: Markus Rose at December 7, 2004 03:32 PM

I call for both parties to take identical stands on slavery. Americans in favor of slavery can go fly a kite.

Posted by: Jim at December 7, 2004 03:59 PM

Pride goeth before the fall. Falling for the Worst President Ever is not something to actually be proud of. But there it is. Sometimes those who spend all their time talking make lousy listeners.

Posted by: Long Haul at December 7, 2004 09:35 PM

Masterful response, Bigwig.

And by the way, of the 45% who think the Iraq war was a mistake, that does not mean 45% believe we should now pull out. Indeed, at least Kerry showed enough leadership to say we wouldn't do that.

You also have to ask: how many of the 45% who think it was a mistake to go in only think that because the left campaigned so hard to convince them that it was so?

There used to be a very common attitude: partisanship ends at the nation's shores. And: even if you opposed us entering a war, once the war began you rooted for America to be victorious.

Those kind of Democrats used to be common.

Posted by: Dean Esmay at December 8, 2004 12:42 AM

He liberated 50 million from fascism, but he's the worst president ever.

Posted by: Jim at December 8, 2004 08:16 AM
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