Comments: Left, Right, or Wingnut?

1. OK, my gibe about the Spart/neo-Trot/neo-Leninist/whatever wingnuts was a cheap shot. I couldn't resist making it. They drive me batty...although I did have a lot of fun with one once by asking her how the rag she was selling possibly gibed with what Marx actually wrote...

2. You think Totten's a right-winger? He describes himself as a recently disaffected Dem and liberal hawk/interventionist, and I (perhaps foolishly?) took him at his word. Maybe that's why we had such different reactions to what he wrote: if it's the work of a right-winger, it's a pretty generous assesment of liberalism, and an understandably gross caricature of leftism. If it's the work of a liberal hawk/interventionist, it's a pretty nasty hit job and a practically Leninist attempt to lay down a correct party line.

2.5. OK, saying it was "practically Leninist" was another cheap shot.

3. Ironically, Totten himself complains how unfair it is that people don't think he and his ilk are liberal in a later post. In fact, it's so dreadful that he's now decided to ditch the identification and is calling himself an independent!

4. Funny you mention that last paragraph...I was thinking of turning it into a blog post. (and in saying so, have probably jinxed any such project...)

Posted by Curtiss Leung at January 8, 2004 04:27 PM

"The difference between me and Elayne is probably almost indistinguishable to anyone but the two of us." Well, if you don't count the fact that you write much better than I do. :)

Posted by Elayne Riggs at January 9, 2004 08:22 AM

You know, Curtiss, I'd forgotten that's how Trotten identifies himself. The truth is, I pay more attention to what people say than to labels, and he's always struck me as pretty conservative, and doubly so when anything came up about the war.

Hmmm...maybe it's my interpretation that's at fault, you know? (After all, there's no one as mean and bitter as someone born-again into a different faith.)

(That's sweet, Elayne. :) Not true, but very ego-boosting.)

Posted by Anne at January 9, 2004 09:20 AM

Well, whaddya know? I rarely read Totten unless I follow a link from someone else's blog, but I just went and took a look at his site and he's not, in fact, an extremist Right-winger!

How odd.

On the other hand, maybe I'm not surprised that he dissected the Left with such venom. You don't get the Right gazing into its own bellybutton and monitoring its own behavior the way the Left does it.

Posted by Anne at January 9, 2004 10:15 AM

Hi Anne,

You're right. I'm not an extremist right-winger.

I have never voted for a Republican, and I voted twice for Ralph Nader.

Gore and Lieberman were both to my right during the last election. Joseph Lieberman is still to my right, but Gore no longer is.

You're also correct that I wasn't very nice to leftists. Though I do agree that many leftists do NOT have the traits I ascribed to them in that post. I could disect leftists into multiple camps, and I would only have serious problems with some of them.

I was, however, as nice to liberals as I could be. I personally support every liberal position I cited in the post.

Anyway, thanks for being a serious reader, even if you don't agree with me. I do appreciate that.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at January 11, 2004 12:25 AM