The world of political blogs is a world where people often zing each other and make small rhetorical points for the simple reason that this is how the game is played. If you read Barataria often, you’ll know that I have little time for this. I was called to task by a friend in e-mail recently, who stated the case for standard blog MO blankly:
We have to answer the right. This is what they’ve been doing to us for a long time, and we’re just giving it back. You can’t be asking us to leave their hate machine unanswered, are you?
The short answer is “No, I’m not”. But I still think that using the tactics of the right is ultimately very counter-productive for the left. This is why.