The Last Thing I’ll Post About Bush This Week (Maybe)
Posted on December 20, 2005 Posted by John Scalzi 4 Comments
Not so much a commentary as wryly noted:
Look! Bush is up in the polls! He rocks!
Look! Bush’s ratings are unchanged since he went on his charm offensive! He still sucks!
How nice it is in this holiday season that everyone can find a major poll to fit their mood.
Yeah, I’ll definitely be talking about other things for a while.
It’s all about Pollkatz.
My only comment would be that you tend to wear out certain topics…By now, we all know how you feel about Bush (utter contempt!), the Patriot Act (hate it!), Intelligent Design (hate it, too!) and gay marriage (love it!)
These predictable topics give you the ability to post the kind of opinions that your predominantly liberal audience loves to hear. They are red meat for the following you have built up in recent years.
I would be curious to see your take on some more diverse topics…Take religious extremism, for example: not Christian, but Islamic. Why aren’t you more concerned about Iran’s president, who is now banning Western music, and claiming that the Holocaust never happened?
I have never seen you express a view about outsourcing or globalization.
I will, however, throw you this one: I know you are dying to make a post about the movie Brokeback Mountain, so I urge you to go ahead and get it out of your system.
Other than these minor quibbles, I enjoy your column.
“These predictable topics give you the ability to post the kind of opinions that your predominantly liberal audience loves to hear.”
So, you’ve done a demographic study of my readership, then? My site gets about 15K visitors a day, of which only a very small minority post opinions, and certainly not everyone who does is classically liberal.
However, that said, yeah, I tend hit the same highlights, not because I’m playing to the crowd but just because they interest me. But I am indeed always happy to take requests, because it saves me from having to think of something to write about, and will occasionally make me think on a topic I don’t normally address.
So: Yes, I’ll post on your request in the near future. However, not on “Brokeback Mountain,” since I haven’t seen it yet (and will probably wait to see it until I get sent a DVD screener).
perhaps if the current incarnation of the powers that be would stop being so ridiculous… there wouldn’t be so much to vent about.