Oh good grief.

As much as I like Orin and Eugene, I think it’s time to take the Volokh Conspiracy off my reading list. The latest stupidity from their co-bloggers is an attempt to link Obama to the SDS because, get this:

His first after-college job was

for a business newsletter firm

which, 20 years earlier in the 60’s

had held meetings with the least radical wing of the SDS

because its CEO was opposed to the Vietnam war and wanted to help communicate it to his business clients.

Incidentally, the radical wing of the SDS was opposed to the non-radical wing’s meetings (or, in Jim Lindgren’s sinister terms, “ties”) with the firm.

Is this stupid smear supposed to show that Obama’s a socialist or something? Time to strike another entry off my google reader list.


Three items.

1. Check out the comments thread (spun off for some bizarre reason into a separate post). It’s nice to see that at least the readers of the Conspiracy still have their heads screwed on mostly together. At least, some of them. A commenter named Asher aptly sums up my view on the matter:

Professor Volokh, aren’t you ashamed to let these guys post this sort of crap on your site? Maybe you could lock Profs. Lindgren and Zywicki out until after the election. I don’t think they can handle it.

I’d add Bernstein, and maybe several of the others, but, you know, tomato, tomahto.

2. It has been brought to my attention that one can have an idiot-free Conspiracy by tweaking the URL one uses to access their blog. My blogroll now has a link to the only Conspirators who are regularly worth reading. Unfortunately, applying the same tweak to the RSS feed url doesn’t seem to work, so the Conspiracy is still out of my google reader list.

3. Brian Leiter reports that the smears only get worse: apparently, some dumbass republicans tried to hire an Oxford philosopher to prove that Obama’s book was ghostwritten by William Ayers. I’d like to congratulate Jim Lindgren for sinking slightly less far.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go curl up in a corner in a fetal position and cry until this horrible election is over.


6 Responses to “Oh good grief.”

  1. Anon Says:

    Concurring Opinions, Balkinization, Prawfsblawg are all equally as bad or perhaps worse in their fawning over Obama.

    I agree though, these law professors should stick to the law, their personal political beliefs are about as interesting to read as anyone else’s beliefs—not very. They say, opinions are like armpits…

  2. Paul Gowder Says:

    I do wish people would have the guts to post with their real names.

  3. Anon Says:

    Maybe the other blogs like Obama because he’ll actually do something for average people. There is no McCain health care plan, he wants more giveaways to the wealthiest, and all indications are he’ll dragoon us into even more expensive foreign engagements.

    When Rupert Murdoch makes half the Fox people democrats, academics should consider strong steps to get more conservatives on board.

  4. Anon Says:

    PS–this is the third anon–and I post anonymously because I teach at a very conservative school and fear retaliation if I am seen as publicly advocating for Obama. So I’m happy to see anonymity permitted.

  5. Mike Says:

    I do wish people would have the guts to post with their real names.

    I wish people were more tolerant of dissenting viewpoints, and thus people would need not fear attaching their names to controversial views.

  6. Paul Gowder Says:

    Yeah, Mike, agreed, with previously stated reservations about “political tolerance.”

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