Here's the explanation. And here's a comment I completely predicted when David asked me to be a judge:
Althouse = Paula Abdul.Here's where you're wrong, oh, predictable "guest" commenter. Paula is on the "American Idol" panel to love and support the kids and cushion them from Simon's meannesss. I will not be performing that function. You need to think a lot harder— and identify yourself with a real name so I can come over there and kick your ass. You took a comment cliché and did nothing even to attempt to make it your own.
Drunk and batshit crazy.
And Dahlia Lithwick wants to be the Paula, anyway.