December 1, 2008

The ABA Journal profiles me (among others).

It's part of the 100 best law blogs. Here's the profile:
While many others in the legal profession have entered the blogosphere afraid to bring too much of themselves into the open, Althouse opened the book on herself.

Her blog is as quirky and provocative as it is substantive....

Her posts on the 2008 election are right-leaning, at a minimum, and she’s faced plenty of heat for those opinions on and off her blog. But to Althouse this is only more invigorating.

“Even when people get mad at me, call me a fool and slander me, I love being one of the characters on the Internet stage,” she says.
There's a little interview with me and a photo at the link.

"Right-leaning, at a minimum"? Especially the part when I voted for Obama.

ADDED: Please note that there are 2 links up there. The second link is to my profile. And at the first link, in case you didn't notice, there is an opportunity to vote for this blog.

86 comments:

the wolf said...

I guess anyone to the right of Kos is "right-leaning."

Original George said...

Fool!

Verso said...

You're not the only conservative who voted for Obama.

TitusLyposomalDisorder said...

Does the article mention you are hot?

Bob W. said...

Congrats on the recognition, Professor Althouse!

Lem said...

From where the ABA sit - everybody is "right-leaning".

Baron Zemo said...

My dear lady, you are only right leaning because one breast is bigger than the other.

Verso said...

I see they have Glenn Reynolds classified (correctly, in my view) as "far right."

He's another one of those who tries to get away with saying he's a moderate.

Why can't people just be forthright and honest about their views? Or is it possible Althouse and Glenn really believe they are moderates?

Lem said...

Althouse post some scripture making a point and gets an ABA red flag ;)

veni vidi vici said...

Never mind the right leaning nonsense, where in the world does a lawyer-accrediting organization get the idea that this is a law blog? That's just silly.

Freeman Hunt said...

"Right-leaning, at a minimum" LOL

And Glenn is far right? Who counts as moderate? Dennis Kucinich?

Baron Zemo said...

The dolts. The poltroons. Do they not know that this blog is here merely to amuse the Queen? To make her laugh.

Quick, Michael show her your penis.

That always made the girls chortle.

The Drill SGT said...

One can apparently vote more than once.

I cast votes for Instantpundit, Althouse and The Volokh Conspiracy.

Kos as a Law Blog? Get serious

John K. said...

Ann, I was a little perplexed at your outright dismissal of anyone who might be blogging with the sneaky intention of marketing his legal practice, whether or not such an intent does or not coexist with "good" reasons for blogging. Granted, a lot of legal blogs stink to high heaven with the marketing taint, a taint which is only too obvious. But a lot of the marketing professionals who advise lawyers, some of them lawyers themselves, advise them to blog in a way that contributes to the conversation on other blogs and provides genuine information of value to prospective clients, i.e. in a way that is not so nakedly self-promotional. I myself have steered away from such marketing professionals, because they seem unduly leery of professional blogging that doesn't stay strictly on message, and on the topic of the practice area one is hoping to market. God forbid you clutter your blog with your own personal idiosyncrasies or un-PC thoughts. I think the result of such recommendations and focus on the marketing aspects can be a pretty bland blog, "slick" though it may be. Perhaps that's all you were saying.

Darcy said...

Congrats! Nice article, too.

I often wonder how you put up with the rudeness directed at you sometimes here, but I think it is to your great credit that you do.

Hunter McDaniel said...

For many lefties, the War on Terror (or whatever you choose to call it) is the litmus test. Anyone who supports fighting and winning said war is by definition "right wing".

That makes Ann "right-wing" despite supporting gay marriage and voting for Obama.

s1c said...

As the wolf says - "anyone to the right of Kos is "right-leaning"". Onward christian soldiers, marching as to war.

Synova said...

I'd like to know how Reynolds counts as "far right."

Or does "far right" now mean "libertarian."

Baron Zemo said...

Rude dare says Darcy!

There are no rude comments to be found my dear.

Only prematurely enunciated truths.

Lem said...

Powerline doesn't even get mentioned.

They should sue ;)

Skyler said...

Only the ABA would call this place "right leaning."

Trooper York said...

Yeah well John K you blog really went downhill after you stopped posting all those cool links about where to buy war toys and started getting into oatmeal recipes.

Where the hell I am I going to find a vintage GI Joe with the Kung Fu grip?

Richard Fagin said...

I will never join the ABA. Their politics have become repulsive.

Nonetheless, a great honor for Prof. Althouse.

Trooper York said...

The ABA was over when they forced the Nets to trade Dr. J to the Sixers.

Mark O said...

Baron Zemo said...
The dolts. The poltroons. Do they not know that this blog is here merely to amuse the Queen? To make her laugh.

Quick, Michael show her your penis.

That always made the girls chortle.


Can't the boys have some laughs, too?

This ain't no disco, this ain't no law blog. Congrats. Only Van Alstyne, himself, would be so worthy.

MadisonMan said...

A richly deserved honor. Congratulations!

traditionalguy said...

Dear althouse you provide a true service with a teacher's heart letting the commenters enjoy each other. After reading comments from really deranged people on almost all other Blogs you shine as a light in a dark place. thanks.

Verso said...

That makes Ann "right-wing" despite supporting gay marriage and voting for Obama.

I think you're on to something, but there's more to it than that. Much more. Ann repeatedly shows her preference for conservatives, and her contempt for liberals. That's why her fanbase is made up almost entirely of conservatives.

Two of Ann's favorite people are not just conservative, but ultra-right-wing: Rush Limbaugh and Mark Steyn. Her preferred candidates for president were Giuliani and Romney.

If Ann wasn't conservative, the conservatives who dwell in her comments would not defend her so aggressively.

Verso said...

Only the ABA would call this place "right leaning."

LOL! I hate to break it to you, but EVERYBODY calls "this place" right leaning. The only people who deny it are Althouse herself, and her loyal conservative followers.

Why is this so hard to accept?

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AJ Lynch said...

I agree Trooper but I liked the red, white and blue balls it used.

Ron said...

It's fine if they call this place "right-wing"; we'll just call them Dupes of Stalin and we'll be even.

Trooper York said...

I know but as a Knick fan all I have left is the blue balls.

SMGalbraith said...

Yes, Glenn Reynolds is a member in good-standing of the pro-abortion, pro-drug legalization, pro-pornography, pro-embryonic stem cell research, pro gay-marriage/rights section of the "far right wing."

He sits comfortably with Buchanan and Pat Dobson on the political spectrum.

Oy.

Simon said...

Verso said...
"If Ann wasn't conservative, the conservatives who dwell in her comments would not defend her so aggressively."

Your comment throws more light on your own instincts than ours, Verso.

jayne_cobb said...

It seems that one's stance on national security or one's level of hatred for George Bush have become the current litmus tests for political leanings.

SteveR said...

Verso, I realize you get some enjoyment out of bashing Ann and those you consider conservative but you're comments indicate you are either an idiot (which I don't think is true) or you live a very shallow, pathethic existence.

Good grief.

Catharine said...

I see they have Glenn Reynolds classified (correctly, in my view) as "far right."

Utter intellectual dishonesty there--and to think it was written as a point of pride. The semi-informed always flaunt their cracks in analysis, gloriously and obliviously, much like the apocryphal construction workers, except that the latter are dignified by their work.

AJ Lynch said...

I suspect Instapudit's regular skewering of govt, the MSM and other establishment creatures makes him "by default a far right conservative".

Also attaway Althouse!

SMGalbraith said...

I suspect Instapudit's regular skewering of govt, the MSM and other establishment creatures makes him "by default a far right conservative

No, more likely it's because he's a hawk on foreign policy and a strong Second Amendment advocate. And he hasn't pulled his hair out over the Administration's detention/interrogation policies. Plus, he's from the South (he's sometimes called "Instacracker" by his leftist critics).

Either of those - especially the latter two during a Republican Administration - will earn you the "right wing" or "far right" label.

These used to be called, broadly speaking, Scoop Jackson Democrats. JFK, Truman types.

A dying breed (although Obama may be more tough minded than we think).

Meade said...

It has become a widely understood truism: the great artists are inherently right wing.

That she is a law professor and a parent who quite successfully reared two sons does nothing to diminish the inarguable fact that Althouse is one of the great blogospheric artists of our time.

MadisonMan said...

a parent who quite successfully reared two sons

So far. I don't think you can be called a successful parent until long after your children are dead. Who knows what the future may bring?

Whenever someone tells me I have nice kids, I always say So far. (Or most of the time).

blake said...

Or how about:

"Nice kids."
"As far as you know."

AJ Lynch said...

Meade:

I hope you are wearing a lobster bib cause even thru the intertubes, I can see you are drooling. Heh.

Verso said...

SteveR said, Verso, I realize you get some enjoyment out of bashing Ann and those you consider conservative but you're comments indicate you are either an idiot (which I don't think is true) or you live a very shallow, pathethic existence.

Bashing Ann?!? I am not bashing Ann. I like Ann, and enjoy her blog immensely, as I have said over and over again. I'm simply describing Ann the way virtually everyone describes her.

Verso said...

Your comment throws more light on your own instincts than ours, Verso.
Well, gosh, I suppose it's true that my comments throw light on my own instincts. I can't very well deny that.

BTW, Simon, congratulations on calling the Hillary-emoluments issue long before anyone else mentioned it. It's going to be interesting to see how it plays out.

Meade said...

Madman: Adulthood, college graduation, still alive. Those are universal milestones of successful parenting. Then, there is nothing left to do but wait patiently until presented with grandchildren.

AJ: How do you do that - that see through the intertube thing?

SMGalbraith said...

I'm simply describing Ann the way virtually everyone describes her.

Okay, give us (well, me) three right of center policies that Ann embraces that leads "virtually everyone" to describe her as leaning to the right.

Three's a good yardstick.

AlphaLiberal said...

"Right-leaning, at a minimum"?

Told you so.

Cedarford said...

Kind of a pity they didn't put the caveat "sometimes I blog about law" in to say the Blog is rich in non-legal subjects or say the "photography of dead birds" is far more extensive and artistic than that.
(I guess the ABA Journal saw fit not to comment on an artist who sees enveloping Brooklyn fog as a remarkable photo time, the palatte of 30 different snow textures and colors against a Honda in a snowed in parking lot, or an impressionist water-reflected "willows" that was Maxfield Parrish all the way..)

"Right-leaning, at a minimum"...?

Centrist, IMO.

Daniel said...

The collective force of Ann's right-wingin' commenters helps to give this blog its "right-leaning" credentials. That Ann herself isn't that right-wing is far outweighed by the gang of crazies here who still think Obama is going to put Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers and Noam Chomsky in his cabinet.

laura said...

Daniel, I don't agree with the 'gang of crazies' but do agree with your 'collective force' point.

Congrats on the law blog listing, though I'm lost when the 'law' part of it comes up - the eyes kind of glaze over and I move on to something else...anything else.

I really enjoy the mix on this blog and the call & response practice. Most blogs are quite static. This one has some life to it. It also challenges me, in a good way.

Chip Ahoy said...

I know how to fix the right-leaning profile thing that keeps happening. Angle your chair so you present your left side to the interviewer. That way, your silhouette profile thingie the interviewer makes will come out with your nose pointing to the left and your left side being profiled in the shadow. See? Fixed.

Congrats on the acknowledgement.

Catharine said...

Pointedly, they left out the part of the narrative in which Ann voted for Sen. Obama. The "pointedly" part is clear as day, unless one prefers to rely on limited numbers of dubious daubs on the canvas. The only other plausible explanation: Actually reading the blogs of the nominees in any fashion useful to the task at hand was considered to be a strictly optional exercise.

Daniel said...

OK, I'll change that:

That Ann herself isn't that right-wing is far outweighed by the sensible folks here who still think Obama is going to put Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers and Noam Chomsky in his cabinet.

Catharine said...

That Ann herself isn't that right-wing is far outweighed by the sensible folks here who still think Obama is going to put Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers and Noam Chomsky in his cabinet.

The sensible (truly sensible) folks--left, right and center--here thought nothing of the kind, and what a shocking concept that must be to you. Daniel, it is so easy to understand why you prefer not just a different narrative, but one utterly lacking in nuance and challenge.

TitusLyposomalDisorder said...

I would like to be referred to as Desdamona from now on.

Thank you.

Pogo said...

May I just say woo hooooo!

But right wing?
Ann?

It is to laugh.

Simon said...

Verso said...
"I'm simply describing Ann the way virtually everyone describes her."

Virtually everyone in your circles, perhaps, but a false statement repeated often enough doesn't become any more true, hmm?

Re Clinton, I can't take credit - I was cued to investigate by another commenter here. But I do feel it fair to claim at least some credit: I started investigating and writing about this issue and emailed Volokh and Instapundit a week before they woke up and started paying attention. Perhaps if Reynolds paid more attention to his inbox his blog would be more timely: There was a time that he was the must-read blogger, but more and more I see things showing up at late-a-pundit days after they've been in common circulation.

Simon said...

Ridiculous, BTW, that ATL gets any votes, let alone that many.

John K. said...

Trooper, I'm not sure what the hell you're talking about but I'm about to start blogging again, but this time I'm gonna do it to try to make money! Watch for it!

John K. said...

btw, I'm drunk.

PatCA said...

Kos went to law school? I'm stunned! He's so...non-reason-based!! Did he take the bar exam?

LonewackoDotCom said...

Clearly, the ABA isn't a trustworthy source. While the posts here are definitely "quirky" (in a not-as-bright-as-Goldie-Hawn way), I have yet to see anything that's "substantive". She's also more of a conservative Dem than anyone who's "right-leaning".

She also failed to ask McCain a real question when she was one of the few given the chance. Althouse could have prevented McCain from being the nominee if she'd taken her civic duties seriously. Instead, she either didn't ask a question or asked about shoes or something.

She's not all that's wrong with America, but she clearly has some things that are wrong: a failure to take citizenship seriously and - in the case of her voting for BHO - a clear inability to understand what a charlatan is.

lewsar said...

simon sez:

Perhaps if Reynolds paid more attention to his inbox his blog would be more timely: There was a time that he was the must-read blogger, but more and more I see things showing up at late-a-pundit days after they've been in common circulation.

i think he's slowly becoming a victim of his own success. he has stated many times that his email volume is huge and he does try to read it all (the mind boggles). although he is not as timely as he used to be (he seems to be running a couple of days late at the moment), his blog is still the one i read first.

John said...

Everybody leans. It's hard to be perfectly in-between.

LoafingOaf said...

It's turning out that Obama is exactly as I suspected when I decided to vote for him: He's a moderate pragmatist whose administration will likely be much like Clinton's minus the personal scandals. I'm glad I didn't buy into all the smears on Obama from some of you right wingers here. He's certainly not my ideal for a prez, but he's pretty far from the way the right wingers around here described him.

John Stodder said...

I see they have Glenn Reynolds classified (correctly, in my view) as "far right."

That's insane.

The left creates such a powerful echo chamber for itself on the web, its members don't understand that left-wing views don't appeal to more than about 15 percent of the electorate. And for good reason. Such views are a logical house of cards.

To me, "far right" connotes extreme nationalism with an extreme skepticism of the federal government and, very likely, a fundamentist religious view that sees the US as a Christian nation.

Reynolds (and Althouse) are miles away from such opinions. I see both of them as mainstream intellectuals who use the power of reason to explore issues and draw conclusions.

"Reason" is an ideal, and all of us who cherish reason also have our own particular vision of it. Hence, we love debate, and are open to the ability of debate to alter our own opinions.

What earns Glenn and Ann the sobriquet "wingnuts" from some of you is that they often disagree with you. Simple as that. Your imaginations are so limited, you can't imagine informed opposition to one of your half-baked conclusions. You've used no process of reason whatsoever to reach your conclusions. You feel, not think. You don't know why you feel the way the you feel, so it seems kinda tricky when someone uses logic in a way that might corrode your faith in your own opinions. You guys are all, "Take bad thing away! Make head hurt!"

It's a form of bear-baiting, I guess. But unlike the bears, you guys volunteer for it. But like the bears, you never really understand what happened to you when you're cherished views get undressed in forums like this.

John Z. said...

I'm glad I didn't buy into all the smears on Obama from some of you right wingers here.

What about the smears from his Secretary of State and her husband?

Eric said...

Oh yes, Oaf, I'm sure you'll be the first volunteer on your block for the Obama Mandatory Volunteer Corps.

Bissage said...

One of the 100 best law blogs???!!!

Make that the BEST BLOG EVVVAAARRRR!1!1!!!!

To say that Althouse blogs about the law is to say that Picasso painted pictures of people.

Accurate but insufficient.

Congratulations to Professor Althouse, all the same!

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LoafingOaf said...

Oh yes, Oaf, I'm sure you'll be the first volunteer on your block for the Obama Mandatory Volunteer Corps.

I don't know anything about that shit. If he went on about such a thing in the campaign, it was the sort of thing I instantly ignored.

Look, Obama is the most likable politician to run for prez since Ronald Reagan. You guys kept trying to smear him as an extremist when he's clearly not one.

Sarah Palin tried to say he was a pal of terrorists. What a disgusting attack from that wacko woman! Obama said all campaign long that he wanted to be more vigrous in going after terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan than Bush, and we see with the Mumbai attack that he was right on the money.

jayne_cobb said...

John Z., you also forgot about the ones from his vice president.

Darcy said...

Umm...Obama is a pal of unrepentant terrorists. It didn't matter to the Americans who voted for him, but you are smearing Sarah Palin by calling that a lie.
How convenient for you.

Truth is truth.

Meade said...

"Truth is truth. "

...a fixed star.

knox said...

Color me unsurprised that Glenn Reynolds is considered far-right. John Stodder nailed it: a conservative stance on just a few issues is enough to get you labeled a "wingnut."

However, I would add that it's the mere popularity of Glenns's blog that earns him so much vitriol... same with Althouse. There are a hell of a lot of people out there who are envious of the attention. In fact, I firmly believe that's what motivates most of the regular trolls that hang out here.

Simon said...

Jayne! The man they call Jaaaaaaaaaaayne!

Ha ha. Firefly was so awesome.

Simon said...

LoafingOaf said...
"Look, Obama is the most likable politician to run for prez since Ronald Reagan."

Haha. Not so much.

"Sarah Palin tried to say he was a pal of terrorists."

She said he "palled around" with terrorists like Bill Ayers, which was accurate based on information available at the time, and has become even clearer since the election. Whether he is a pal to terrorists more broadly I don't know, but I do know that precipitating a constitutional crisis by nominating someone ineligible as his Secretary of State is no way to conduct a war on terror.

nansealinks said...

what kind of online life did you have before blogging?

you?

Glenn?

just wondering. any support from anyone else?

or you all just hopped into it cold turkey?

MTfromCC said...

Love you, Ann, and glad you got the recognition, but you better face reality about the perceived rightward tilt to your opinions.

There is definitely a rightward tilt -- but many of my more moderate conservative (andlargely GOP) friends were so disgusted by Bush, and bewildered by the post-2004 McCain (which was a decidedly harder right version of McCain than the 1998 - 2004 version), that they actually found themselves liking Obama and voting for him. And let's be honest -- Obama is a rare (in politics anyway) combination of extremely high level intelligence, open mindedness, eloquence, compassion and ruthless pragmatism, a combination that represents all most of us want in a President anyway, whatever our ideological leanings). What I disconnected with in looking at your Blog was your sometimes eager willingness to defend McCain, to let the McCain who took a hard right turn and sucked up big time to the theocratic wing of the "republican base" in order to win the GOP nomination slide, right up to and even past the point of the Palin selection and his very troubling behavior after the financial crisis broke, when you finally seemed to have had enough and made your call for Obama. I think that willingness to let McCain slide prior to Mid-October is a reflection of your rightward lean. I suppose you might view it as orchestrated neutrality, but I think it is actually a shoe that fits. This was not the McCain of 2000, and the choice of Palin, in ideological terms and as a cynical political move, was a sharp stick in the eye of moderate republicans, independents and conservative democrats everywhere. You did not react as a centrist or leftward tilting person would have. Your view on that subject is still not completely understood -- maybe you can tell us what you REALLY think of her, and McCain's selection of her, in the context of the broader spectrum of our national and international politics. But I'm still not sure what you think (and I'm not sure you know what you think) -- whereas I know exactly what I think of McCain's selection of Palin (a terrible political decision, and an even worse substantive decision, the cynical and desparate act of a man who is prone to taking unreasonable risks very lightly, that revealed what we could expect about his decisionmaking style in a McCain administration that absolutely sealed the election for Obama).

When it comes to SCOTUS, and a variety of other issues, I think you have a noticeable rightward tilt, but not always predictably so. And you do give a reasoned account of the opposing points of view on some of the issues that are discussed on the Blog, although sometimes with short shrift and other times with judgmental overtones that are not always pleasant to observe. And your delicious (occasionally too bitter or astringent) sarcasm definitely leans right as well. But I applaud you for voting for Obama, and maintaining your independence, rightward tilt notwithstanding.

Cheers again for the recognition.

Michael_H said...

The ABA thinks you're right-wing?

Well, they're not the only ABA in town, so pick better friends.

American Birding Association
Association for Behavioral Analysis
American Bus Association
American Booksellers Association
American Board of Anesthesiology
American Bass Anglers
American Burn Association
American Bodybuilding Association
American Beverage Association
American Bandmasters Association
American Baptist Association
American Bullmastiff Association
Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous

Michael_H said...
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Michael_H said...

More importatnly, what does the Althouse Blog Association think?

blake said...

Now, now, let's give Oaf his due.

Sarah Palin was out-of-line. She should have said Obama pals around with American-born terrorists.

Fair's fair.

nansealinks said...

anyway, ann


i guess you didn't see the question… or you are very choosey about who you respond to in comments. You did respond to me about asking me "who steve was?" and jdeeripper, you really think he used to have good hair. Still has the best dang five o'clock shadow from the whole bunch of famous ceos, the likes of jack to bill to mike to howard (that's welch, gates, dell and shulz to drop the last names)

any hoot, give a hoot don't pollute with random thoughts...back to blogging.

I started blogging in 2004, too, at the end of the year. I am a persona non grata, meaning I have no real location i own, I have no career, and well there's that celibacy thing that i can't make add any real sexual identification as discussed in an earlier post. Anyway, nothing became of my blog. But lots of ideas and fotos i posted were either good enough for others to emulate, or there was no emulation and it was all coincidence that i was thinking as high and mighty as the profitable super bloggers. Why even your shadows and angel idea, i had done that idea a day before you did. Something of the same nature with a little nora jones singing in the backround. I look at my bandwidth pull and push and no one is looking anyway. So it must all be coincidence. Which would say what about the powers of angels?

anyway, my life before blogging started on compuserve and aol and usenet back in 1995. Even earlier if you count going on my dad's internet, back when the internet was still raw and honest, or so it seemed. I kinda budded out in msn and slate, where i am sure to have seen the likes of some people that post here, maybe even you. Perhaps they are under nondisclosure agreements and can't talk-- hiding behind nom de fingers. Well, that would make for an interesting law case, wouldn't it? When a big, big, big, company supports made up online personalities, and they cause havoc in people's life.


oh well,
I guess i got carried away and taken for a schnook later in my internet life. I never made one red cent. or green or any other color...well maybe that's why they got me singing the blues. Not really. it's a challenge living with less, but then at least i don't have to sell my soul as often as others.

and well, i might have inspired something of a sacajawea post. I don't know.

anyway, I guess i will leave those stories of little birds with this thought or song

YATI POULI DHEN KELAIDHIS

with you.