Poisonous Buckets of Warm Spit

Hendrik Hertzberg of the New Yorker writes of Gellman and Becker’s series on Vice President Cheney:

Given the ontological authority that the Post shares only with the New York Times, it is now, so to speak, official: for the past six years, Dick Cheney, the occupant of what John Adams called “the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived,” has been the most influential public official in the country, not necessarily excluding President Bush, and his influence has been entirely malign. He is pathologically (but purposefully) secretive; treacherous toward colleagues; coldly manipulative of the callow, lazy, and ignorant President he serves; contemptuous of public opinion; and dismissive not only of international law (a fairly standard attitude for conservatives of his stripe) but also of the very idea that the Constitution and laws of the United States, including laws signed by his nominal superior, can be construed to limit the power of the executive to take any action that can plausibly be classified as part of an endless, endlessly expandable “war on terror.”

Joel Achenbach complains that the New Yorker hasn’t yet learned to hyperlink, so here is a direct connection to Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency.

4 thoughts on “Poisonous Buckets of Warm Spit”

  1. The eight-things meme is turning into an interesting demonstration of the limits of a web comunity, isn’t it? As the exponential growth hits the limits of blogs that read one another, it’s turning in on itself with multiple tags and deadends. Someone, somewhere should be tracking and modelling this as a way of monitoring connectivity.

  2. manigen:

    I wonder if one could build a network model to predict that sort of thing — saturation without exploring all the nodes, like.

    Hmmm. I’ll have to think about that.

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