Not Larry Sabato Wars
As Blog Fu and others have since noted, the original VV post was really quite sensible.
Basically, Riley of Virginia Virtucon argued the VA Tech killer seemed to be under the influence of radical leftists and Don Ben said, this is an inappropriate argument at this time. Right Wing Liberal then pointed out that the South Korean leftists are, indeed, freaks, and the VA Tech killer might reasonably be assumed to have been in that camp.
Pointing out the ideological connection is not so crazy, in the overall context of this big old crazy world we live in.
Be all that as it may, the question of who is right and who is a freak is one we will likely argue for months to come. Life, death, guilt, innocence, friend, foe, God, Satan: So much remains to be sorted out.
Of immediate, momentous importance, however is that one lingering question which chills our souls: How will this impact the links to my blog?
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NLS, as every blogger knows, arranges his blogroll in descending order according to grades of metal. We at NOVA TownHall began, as most do, right at the bottom as "Dirty Undefined Alloy" and for this we were most grateful.
Months later, on the night we finally graduated to "Tin," we NVTH bloggers each brought our grandparents and entire extended family to the Washington Hilton for a glamorous soiree at which then-Senators Orrin Hatch and Arlen Spector were the masters of ceremony. Time moved pretty quickly after that, and before you could say "suck up" we were firmly ensconced in Don Ben's "Bronze/Silver-Plated-Nickel-Commemorative-Medallion" level, which I assume is where we would always remain, were we not to step on the the Don's toes by refusing to erase VV from our blogroll, as we are currently refusing to do.
It is not so much a matter of agreeing wholeheartedly with VV's Riley - although he is one of our blog friends. And it is also not so much a matter of wanting to tweak Ben Tribbet - although such a prospect is somehow enchanting.
It's really all about truth, decency and rationality. What VV wrote was edgy, but it made sense and was not an irrelevant comment on the confusing situation facing us. Why was the killer such a freak case? It's a question worth asking and VV tried to answer it.
NLS' attempt to squelch the discussion was also not necessarily irrational at the time considering the immediate emotional reaction, but one has to assume in retrospect Ben sees it as silly. If we can't speculate about the reasons for the 32 people getting murdered, then what is worth speculating about this week?
Where does it all end up? It would take a lot for me to do something as drastic as dropping someone from the blogroll. Blogging is part citizen journalism, part diary, and part raging on the heath. I cut a lot of slack to those I've identified as Good Guys or at least Tolerable Guys, and I hope they will do the same for me.
Therefore, I'm going to keep Not Larry Sabato on our blogroll.
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