Regarding Mr. Chait's Recent Duel with the National Review's imbecilic Jonah Goldberg
Mr. Chait: For shame, picking on a mental cripple like that. I'm sure Jonah won't realize how badly he was beaten down, but that's still no excuse. And, if anything, that's even worse. This would make sense if there was a lessons-learned quality to it;but Goldberg ain't going to learn a damn thing. He'll come out of this as the same smug punk he went into it as. He'll probably even believe that he won, though that is utterly impossible as he doesn't even have half the brains it takes to be a real conservative. He's nothing but a two dollar whore for the GOP and thinks of ideology as an arsenal used to defend his political team. For people like him, the purpose of debate IS debate, and not policy change; and his intent is not to persuade or understand, but to attack. And he's not even good at that.
I guess he's still smarting from the complete whooping that Juan Cole gave him last month, and now wants to prove himself. But you really should have resisted that temptation. He's going to intentionally misunderstand every point you make, and is only using this as a platform to launch absurd attacks and baseless insults. But then again, you're probably not going to read this email so it's not like you're the only one who engages in the futile. I'd wish you good luck, but you don't need it.