Claims that I do not believe

Brad DeLong damns with faint praise:

Let me say that it is an out-and-out lie for Jonathan "Hyde" Chait to claim that Markos Moulitsas Zuniga's or Duncan Black's or Jane Hamsher's interest in "ideas and facts" is "purely instrumental," that the "netroots consider the notion of pursuing truth for its own sake nonsensical."

For we all know that you learn a hell of a lot more about facts and ideas relevant to, say, the Scooter Libby case from Jane Hamsher and her peers at FireDogLake http://firedoglake.com than you can learn from Jonathan Chait and his peers at the New Republic. I can recommend that somebody interested in the Libby case read FireDogLake knowing that Jane Hamsher and her peers are giving it the straightest shot they can. I can't say that about the New Republic's opinions of Scooter Libby, can I?

We all know that you learn a hell of a lot more about facts and ideas relevant to economic and budget policy from reading Duncan Black at Atrios than you can learn from a New Republic that tells you that "Harvard University... one of the most left-wing institutions on the face of the earth... has endorsed George W. Bush's proposal for Social Security reform, and that the Clinton struggle to bring the deficit under control was a bland standby. I can recommend that someone interested in economic and budget policy read Atrios confident that Duncan Black is giving it the straightest shot he can. I can't say that about the New Republic's giving airtime to Greg Mankiw and Robert Samuelson, can I?

And we all know that you learn a great deal more ideas and facts about the Middle East from reading Markos Moulitsas Zuniga's Daily Kos than from reading the New Republic.

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Yes. Yes. Yes.

Jane "Rape Gurney Joe" Hamsher, Duncan "Wanker" Black, and Markos "Fvck 'em" Moulitsas are giving it the straightest shot that they can.

Dang, that's harsh. What'd they do to Brad, I wonder?

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wow

Did he just totally accuse Mankiw of being a dishonest hack? Is it possible that his sense of decorum has actually gotten *worse* since I last checked up on him?

Yeah, I noticed that too.

Yeah, I noticed that too. Its a bit nuts, and also a bit rich for *DeLong* to accuse someone of being Jekyll & Hyde. When Brad's on a piece of regular economics or theory, he's usually pretty good. Whenever he tries his hand at political economy, blammo, frothing at the mouth. That, or whenever he tries to talk about biology. Then he's as embarrassing as luskin on economics.

I think it was the "left-wing institution" bit.

I'm hoping that the comment about Mankiw was referring to leading into a Mankiw or Samuelson analysis with "from Harvard, one of the most left-wing institutions on the face of the earth...". That's not straight shooting at all. Mankiw is not a hack, but using that lead-in to imply that he's in any way identifiable with the left is outrageous.

And it's standard spin practice from neo-cons -- make a right-center or even right-wing statement, and then claim or imply that it's coming from the left, when pretty much anyone who is actually *on* the left would disagree with it. The idea is to move the public's conception of where the center lies.

And of course, that just ignores the fact that our political space has more than one dimension. A big problem of recent political discourse is the way that authoritarians have pulled the public sense of both left and right in an authoritarian direction, first with the WarOnSomeDrugs, then the WarOnAirlineTravellersAndIraqiCivilians.