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Careful! It is quite possible to make pig anuses into sausage—which, in turn, is why it is best not to see them being made.

Yep, that was the joke. :-)

Actually there was a bit of thought behind it. On one hand I just thought it was funny because, hey, pig anuses. But on the other hand I've genuinely come to feel wary of Cockburn even when I agree with him, and so in a sense I feel that there's not much difference between his good stuff and his bad stuff except for the appropriateness of the target--which is ultimately just about how an external observer sees it. So the analogy to sausage was quite close.

Shit, I'm an idiot. I guess this shouldn't come as a surprise, though. Thanks for your tolerance.

Dennis Perrin has an interesting posts on the man here. myself, as usual, know nothing. I wonder if reading that sort of thing is sort of the equivalent for me of Entertainment Weekly or Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous though, in which case I should cut it out.

Thanks for the pointer; it's interesting to see that Dennis Perrin's direct experience of Cockburn matches my from-a-distance impressions. I sometimes think of Perrin as a Cockburn Jr. in terms of his ability to carve people up with his writing, but the difference is that he does often pull back from his full-on written assaults and recognize the humanity of his targets.

Why are the two associated so specifically in your mind? Surely any number of polemicists can do carving...?

Here's today's: "Shit Sandwich
Open wide, mules. You can deny it all you like, yet, in the end, you'll gladly, happily, take a big, heaping bite. [Clinton campaign video follows.]"

Maybe the truce is over?

I've seen very few "progressives" take his arguments not to support the (D)s as anything but a personal attack. The question is what, if anything, would work.

They're associated for me because I found their style of attack similar--apparently with good cause, since Perrin says he worshiped at Cockburn's altar.

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