Sunday, April 29, 2012

I hate corruption, except for my own

So Mr. Hitler Cartoon here starts this long list of (accurate) complaints about the Beltway by saying "except for all the friends I've made...." Which, of course, is maybe the biggest problem with the Beltway: that people like Ackerman, who are ensconced in the upper echelons of power and influence in political punditry, are constantly subject to the corruption of social and professional pressures. You've heard it all from me many times before. The remarkable thing here is just that he sees no contradiction or difficulty in the fact that so many of the problems he lists are similar to that problem, or even consequences of that problem.

Of course, it's easy to complain about other people's petty corruptions. It's another thing entirely to interrogate your own. So none of them ever do.

Cocktails at Sully's tonight!

1 comment:

j r said...

the upper echelons of power and influence in political punditry

Freddie, I've been a bit of a lurker for a while and this sentence sums up what it is that I can't quite wrap my head around in regards to your writing. Do you really believe that there really is such a thing? Or rather, since there is obviously an upper echelon of bloggers and pundits, do you really think that translates into actual political power?

Blogs are basically what people read at work to either stave off the boredom or take a mental break. It's where people who like to argue about politics go to get their fix. I don't see much evidence that bloggers have any actual political influence, either with voters or with policy makers. The top bloggers have a certain amount of status and cache among the group of people who read or care about blogging, but outside of that, not so much. What exactly is the nature of the influence to which you refer?