“I Was Only Kidding!”

Post Outlook section editor John Pomfret falls back on the last refuge of five year olds, claiming that the silly Charlotte Allen girls-is-stupid piece from yesterday’s paper was intended to be tongue-in-cheek.

Kieran Healy pointed out yesterday, presciently, that “if you misjudge the reaction, you can claim the whole thing was a joke,” in the course of arguing that “playing against type is a market niche.”

Curiously, no one seems to occupy the niche of “Republican always bashing Republicans,” in the way that Joe Klein, Richard Cohen, Camille Paglia, et al are out there bashing their home team.  Kevin Phillips is the closest I can think of.


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