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Kevin Wolf

You're exactly right. Chait dismisses critics of Reeve's ridiculous article but doesn't bother responding to actual criticisms, such as yours.

My take: He's essentially saying that defending Coutler is so provocative it's a laudable goal in and of itself.


I don't know--I'd be proud if I were you.


I'm hurting too. Big time. And Chait has even linked to me before. I feel so old and useless.

But I actually think it's something else altogether. The writers at TNR (and Lanny Davis) still don't seem to know the difference between a blog and a comment. My guess is that Chait saw the comments to Reeve's post and decided that the worst of them represent the blogs. Some were quite uncivil. *sniff*

It's also possible that Chait felt called upon to rescue a lady in distress although I admit the only reason I suspect that is because his righteously indignant riposte has a whiff of misplaced chivalry about it. I could be wrong.


You know what's worse? He obviously doesn't listen to "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me" either, since Pierce is a semi-regular there as well. We need to sic Felber and Sagal and Rocca and Poundstone on him.


Lance, anytime you feel compelled to not one but two posts about Ann Coulter, it's a sure sign it's time for more Chris The Cop stories.

Jeff R.

Chait also professes not to have heard of Charles Pierce

I thought that, too, at first, but Chait was just mocking Pierce for referring to Reeve as "someone named Elspeth Reeve." I'll bet he does know who he is.

Pierce contibutes to the Boston Globe Magazine, I don't recall seeing him in the Globe proper. At the dentist office recently, I picked up Sports Illustrated (probably for the first time in 10 years), and Pierce had a great little sidebar to an article about sports bars. It was about the late, lamented Eliot Lounge in Boston, a sports bar before any ever put those two words together.

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