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.
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.