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Saving Right-Wing Bohemia: Lafsky on Captain’s Quarters

Spencer, And who wouldn’t be won over by Ed’s winsome top-of-the-page illustration? The lithe right-winger with her tousled locks, titillating glasses and Lara Croft body bent forward just so to deliver saucy, left-hammering punchlines. Not to mention her goateed counterpart, … Read More

By / November 20, 2006

Spencer,

And who wouldn’t be won over by Ed’s winsome top-of-the-page illustration? The lithe right-winger with her tousled locks, titillating glasses and Lara Croft body bent forward just so to deliver saucy, left-hammering punchlines. Not to mention her goateed counterpart, striking runway poses in his black turtleneck and side-pocket cargo jeans, bold-type acerbity dripping from his lips as he embarks on yet another day in the battle to save right-wing Bohemia. It’s enough to reignite Gen X adolescent fantasies of leaping into cartoon worlds peppered with hip young urbanites who toast estate tax submergence and partial-birth abortion bans over shots of Costa Rican espresso.

As for Ed, well, I’m hardly one to judge a blogger for trying to make good in the era of ceaseless partisan cyber-ranting. After all, what use is this whole Internet if not to serve the greater good by digging through bylines to find possible mainstream media inconsistencies, exposing any partisan hypocrisy whether real or imagined, and, above all, displaying desultory vacation photos snapped in Southern California parking lots.

As for today’s uninspired potshots at the liberal blogosphere, what else is a blogger to do amongst all this sudden and inexplicable castigation of his beloved party? Follow the first rule of blog debate: Snark away, at any and every possible target. Though from the looks of his post-election posts, it seems like Ed may be losing some of that not-quite-legendary edge. In the business of maintaining personal blogs (though granted, the word “business” typically denotes profits, a sight akin to pre-rhinoplasty photos of Paris Hilton in its rarity for personal bloggers), if you aren’t constantly pissing off large numbers of people, you’re careening towards the cliff edge of cyber-obscurity. I’ll admit, establishing yourself as liberal Canada’s bete noire was an ambitious start, but these days we’ve got sex scandal cover-ups and impeachment rumors to fuel the left’s campfire. Focusing on minutiae (it was all that liberal blog organization, that’s why Allen’s political career melted before our eyes Spielberg-style in the election’s greatest upset) won’t resurrect the tired (but still angry) masses from their post-turnover funk. Perhaps Ed could join the rest of your congregation in the ritual Pelosi effigy burning. Oh right, he already has.

Melissa

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