December 12, 2006

Tom DeLay talks about his new blog.

Over at Right Wing News:
Now, tell us about why you decided to create a blog.

I think conservatives have to compete in every media that's out there. There are some good conservative blogs, yours included, that are very good and helpful. But, there are not enough of them. We are sorely outnumbered by the left in the blogosphere and I think we've got to compete and I'm trying to be a role model for leadership around the country. They ought to be involved. They ought to have a blog so they can be more personable in communicating our philosophy to the American people. This medium allows us to bypass the liberal media and make a more direct appeal and we ought to be using it. We ought to be involved in movies, we ought to be involved in documentaries, we shouldn't just (let the left have those mediums to themselves). Any time the New York Times writes something outrageous, all of us ought to jump on it and chastise them for it. The left does that to us and if you look at the comments made on my blog in less than 24 hours, they're going to try to shut me down by attacking me. When was the last time the Republicans or conservatives attacked the left for their outrageous comments or outrageous activities? We don't attack. It's time to start attacking and be aggressive about what you believe and fighting for your beliefs.
Hmmm.... I thought he was going to say that those nasty lefty comments show a lack of character, brainpower, and substance, but he ended up saying the righties should go on the attack. Yeah, more nastiness, that's what we need.

Well, personally, I'm already "one of the more loathsome participants in the blogosphere." So I'm going to assume I'm already doing my part. But... I can step it up if necessary!

25 comments:

alphie said...

Because Tom DeLay has such insights into maintaining a Republican majority?

Shouldn't you the exact opposite of what losers suggest if you want to win?

altoids1306 said...

While Tom DeLay has yet to be convicted of any wrongdoing, I think it is safe to say that the conservative movement would benefit with less of DeLay.

Anonymous said...

"When was the last time the Republicans or conservatives attacked the left for their outrageous comments or outrageous activities? We don't attack. It's time to start attacking and be aggressive about what you believe and fighting for your beliefs."

I hear this kind of thing from both liberals and conservatives: We're very nice and the other side plays too rough. Do they really believe this nonsense?

stoqboy said...

Righties don't want you, lefties don't want you, and now centrists don't want you. It must be lonely where you are.

Wickedpinto said...

I think he just wanted to increase Aces hits.

Actually the blogroll looks like it was just a list of the blogs that bashed Rather, and won awards.

It's a very short Blogroll for whoever set it up to be into the system of it I figure.

I still can't get over the fact that the first blog in the blog roll is the one that prolly has more injudicious use of the F word, and stories about dead tai tranny prostitutes, or hobo hunting than any blog on the net.

Thats just funny.

corporate law drudge said...

Ah, the old Republicans As Victims canard. Puh Leese! That might have had some traction until 1994.

The GOP should proceed without Delay.

(Heh heh)

Alan said...

As one of those righties, I almost went on the attack. But after seeing the lefties do such a fine job, I felt I wasn't needed.

reader_iam said...

Mike Barnicle interviewed DeLay on Hardball last night. It was pretty much plug, plug, plug the blog from wall to wall. In reading the RWN post, I was struck by how DeLay often used the exact same words as he did on Hardball. Classic talking points!

But here's what interested me most: Barnicle asked him if he was going to get up early every morning to post (etc.). To which DeLay replied along the lines of, "I'm not really a good writer" or "I don't really write very well," and that therefore he doesn't actually write the blog.

That's not surprising, but it does demand the question: Are you really a blogger if you don't write your own posts? I mean, I suppose you can say you maintain a blogsite, but are you a blogger?

Robert said...

What puzzles me is the assumption that anyone posting vile calumnies against Tom DeLay must be, could _only_ be, a leftie.

Wouldn't an actual conservative (assuming any such still roam the political landscape) also be irate in re: Tom "I AM the Federal Government" DeLay?

And, from what I've read in comments over at LGF and FreeRepublic, conservatives, rightist libertarians, and general-issue rightwingnut wackadoos are fully qualified to sling the filth on topics of interest to them.

That said, the smiling picture of DeLay on the blogpage brought a smile to my face this morning. It may have been the context in which the photo was taken. . .

C. Schweitzer said...

Wow, Ann, according to the fine intellects at the link you cite, you're a "sociopath."

You should SO have that in your header. I wonder if those commenters have any clue of how ridiculous they sound.

paul a'barge said...

I find it humorous that anyone would think it possible to out-nasty DHIMMIcRATs and Liberals. It just can't be done.

These folks are the Grand Canyon of vileness.

hdhouse said...

paul a'barge said...
I find it humorous that anyone would think it possible to out-nasty DHIMMIcRATs and Liberals. It just can't be done.

These folks are the Grand Canyon of vileness."

Oh that is rich. We tell the truth and the DeLays of the world go on a crusade to starve kids. DeLay is the epitome of slime. I bet he leaves a gooey trail whereever he slithers.

If you neo-cons want to kiss his butt be my guest.

reader_iam said...

I agree that DeLay is slimey.

As for nasty comments--of which I think there are plenty generated by both sides--at least they're presumably actually written by the commenters themselves.

They've got that going for them.

Fatmouse said...

Well, personally, I'm already "one of the more loathsome participants in the blogosphere."

Heh. Ann, just remember that there is no one the left hates more than a right-leaning centrist (and you do lean right).

Think of it like Islam. The true infidels (Christians, Atheists) are grudgingly tolerated as long as they're willing to obey Muslim laws. But apostates who leave Islam? They must be hunted down, humiliated and brutally executed.

And it's like that with the left, perhaps without the brutal executions. They can just laugh derisively at the true right-wingers (LGF, RightWingNews) because seriously, nobody believes that crazy Limbaugh crap, right?

But you, who agree with them on many issues, how can you be such a sheeple to not agree with them one hundred percent? Man, people might actually start thinking outside of the limited set of opinions allowed and consider that conservatives might not all be racist nazis... GET HER!

Anonymous said...

It's not that Tom Delay lacks character for goodness sakes. It's those un-serious lefty commentators.

Brilliant as usual Professor.

MadisonMan said...

at least they're presumably actually written by the commenters themselves

My thought exactly. As if Tom Delay is really writing his own posts.

reader_iam said...

MadisonMan: See 12:57. He definitely isn't.

Zeb Quinn said...

Wow. They don't like you over there very much Althouse. Such vitriol. I was trying to figure out what could possibly be fueling it, than I saw the recurring comments about your defense of Bush v. Gore. Extrapolating from that, I'm guessing that much of the antipathy directed at you from the left is because of that. That Bush was "appointed" is a prime article of faith of the mouth-foaming left. Woe upon anyone who disturbs that notion.

Pogo said...

I expect DeLay's blog is by a bot, an auto-rant generator steeped in Tom DeLay-isms.

I hope to ignore it forcefully every day.

MadisonMan said...

Yes, I've noticed on his blog that different people post the articles -- NH Conservative, NJ Conservative, etc., and someone that purports to be Tom Delay.

I love the picture of the Chick-Fil-a Blogger Briefing (all those white men in ties!). The laptop in the foreground is pointed at tpmuckraker! I'm guessing at the page talking about Delay's blogging.

Revenant said...

The true infidels (Christians, Atheists) are grudgingly tolerated as long as they're willing to obey Muslim laws.

Given that one of those laws is "do not deny the existance of Allah" it is hard to say that atheists are tolerated in the Muslim world. Indeed, atheism is a capital crime in many "moderate" Islamic regimes.

Anonymous said...

There is no way Tom is doing his own blogging. Computers don't emote - you can't feel them up and glad hand them.
Way too boring.

Bet there is an ex-page slaving away for $80 an hour plus McDonalds coupon. The great man no doubt sashays by once in a while and says "nice work boy".

Theo Boehm said...

Pogo: I, too, plan to ignore it with glee.

As to it being a bot, that's something I've long suspected about a lot of political blogs. I think a lot of politicians may be droids, too, but that's another story.

I'm suspicious of the swarms of commenters who suddenly infest this and other political blogs when controversy strikes. Word verification is supposed to filter spambots out, but I wonder how secure it really is. A semi-automated comment spam system would account for a lot of what we see. Minimum wage or foreign human intervention to log on, and the bot does the rest. The Great Oz (or Ozette) behind the curtain may get $80/hr. plus McDonalds coupons, but the grunts doing the logging on aren't.

You'll note that many commenters would fail a Turing Test. I always like to ask if they were written in C++, and whether they run on a single server or are distributed over a network. Lot's of very unfunny Max Headrooms out there who don't seem to be aware that they're bots.

All this raises 2001-ish metaphysical questions about machine consciousness, etc. Leibnitz started worrying about this in the 17th century, but I put up enough obscure, badly written comments without going off on that tangent. Poor Althouse has to read this crap. Isn't that reason enough to leave her in peace?

As for me, I'm still running Theo 9.2. I'd like to upgrade to 10.4, but I'm stuck with obsolete hardware.

Theo Boehm said...

Oh, one more thing.

I know I said "...this and other political blogs...." above. That was a mistake. I know this is not a political blog, but Althouse's blog that sometimes has political content. I've been around here long enough to know that, but sometimes I experience a system freeze because Theo 9.2 manages memory badly.

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