March 31, 2005

Liveblogging the Goldstein/Ardolino Report---The Merchants of Death

Intended for mature audiences, only.

Nice touch.

Rats, the feed is dropping. I'm using the wireless laptop and it's cutting apart.

The "Glenn Reynolds Polka" is classic.

Glenn is on and they are talking about Schiavo, and the divisions between social conservatives and libertarians, and the whole bizarre counter-twisting of this issue with the politics of death penalty, abortion, and the GWOT. My sense of why this got so intense was the timing of it right around Easter. It is a good example of creeping Willisism.

Bush's poll ratings: the slide I think is being driven more by the spike in gas prices than the Schiavo debate, but that's just me, Mr. Vegas.

"Randall Terry is Al Sharpton with a worse tailor." Nice.

I'm on hold---I'm going to ask them about blogs and the coming Supreme Court nomination battles.

I've lost the feed again.

"Penelope Cruz Nanobot for President"?

Cool--didn't fall into Chris Farley mode Glenn, remember when you linked that thing on Kerry? That was awesome!

His answer was that he thought we'd see blogs having more influence at the state and local level, but I've got a hunch given the number of law professors who are Mahatma bloggers that this is going to twist the nomination process in a way we haven't seen before.

Jeff at Beautiful Atrocities is on, but I've got to run to the store to get milk.

Posted by Steve at March 31, 2005 03:07 PM

Steve-O's on the radio! Good question, Steve :)

Posted by: francisthegreat at March 31, 2005 03:39 PM

Were they pretending they didn't know who you were?

Reynolds, sure, gets hundreds of emails, blah blah blah, and might not remember you specifically. But surely INDC Bill and Jeff G. could've given you more of a shout out, no?

Posted by: The Colossus at March 31, 2005 03:58 PM

I was a wee bit surprised when I heard you come on, but that was a question, Steve-o!

I finally know what you sound like!

Posted by: Kathy at March 31, 2005 04:02 PM

that should read "that was a good question."

Ooops. Fat fingers.

Posted by: Kathy at March 31, 2005 04:03 PM

What is creeping Willisism?

Posted by: Sarah at March 31, 2005 04:34 PM

I was gonna ask him to orgle but ...

I was actually surprised by the manly timbre of Steve's voice. I always pictured more of a flighty, high-pitched deal.

Posted by: Bill from INDC at March 31, 2005 04:59 PM

I was busy touching myself.

Posted by: Jeff G at March 31, 2005 05:31 PM

I found the show:



Very interesting...

And then suddenly I lost interest.

Hey, did you also notice "Rob" from N.D.? A.K.A., Rob of Say Anything?

Posted by: Rusty Shackleford at March 31, 2005 05:46 PM

Well, to be true to the spirit of the blogosphere, I did take off my pants when I called, seeing as I was sitting at the desk in the basement home office....

Seriously, though, I think you guys are getting the hang of it. They've got to do something with the audio--it sounds as if you guys were talking in the shower of a lockeroom. (Maybe that's what you were going for....)

Sarah---"Creeping Willis-ism" is the sudden acting like Oliver Willis on the part of bloggers: the overheated rhetoric, the demand that anyone who isn't 100% with them is an idiot, or evil, or worse.

Anyone who thinks political coalitions (let alone freaking realignments) are forged with mottos of 100% agreement are fooling themselves.

Posted by: Steve the LB at March 31, 2005 06:40 PM

Thanks for the definition -- I think there were a lot of people who discovered their inner Willis over the past few weeks. (Ugh, I just made myself a little sick envisioning that.)

Posted by: Sarah at April 1, 2005 12:01 PM
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