The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler


Posted on | February 27, 2015 | 12 Comments

by Smitty

Nobody does it like James Taranto:


  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Smitty’s mind is in the gutter!

    Comes from monitoring all the lefty crap on the internets.

  • Quartermaster

    In context, blow could be taken two ways. The Tarantoad (Brimelow’s name for him when Taranto doxed him when his first wife was dying of cancer) seems to be talking about a certain drug, not hookers.

  • smitty

    It’s an official trope.

  • M. Thompson

    Sweeet bloooow.

  • Guest


  • K-Bob

    I watched Taranto speak at a small convention called to discuss Burnam’s “Suicide of the West” (it was on CPAC and I just happened upon it while flipping channels). It was a fascinating thing to watch.

    He’s a smart guy, but he has this really strange mannerism. It’s bad enough when someone has the “uhs” when speaking. Taranto takes it to the next level by pronouncing it, “aye” instead of “uh”.

    Maybe he had a speech problem as a kid and that’s all that’s left of it. In which case, good on ‘im. But it took me a while to get that that was what was going on with his speaking. Almost like someone dropping “golf” into random, strange places in their speech.

    What does this have to do with Smitty’s post?

    Golf, I guess.

  • smitty

    His writing style in the WSJ is nothing short of awesome.

  • smitty

    . . .powdered iiidiiiioo-ot. . .

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    It didn’t come though!

  • Daniel Freeman

    I was messing around with the pre tag, trying to get your ASCII self-portrait to work, and deleted the post (as much as you can) when I was done. I’ll figure it out eventually.

  • K-Bob

    I’ve always liked his writing. His collection of stuff from around the web is always fun to read.

    In fact, if I wanted to subscribe to the WSJ (I probably will again sometime), he’d be one of the reasons.

  • Daniel Freeman

    If you like how they can be in more than one category — the ones at the bottom under “Index” — then you’re welcome. That was such a rough project that it burned me out, haven’t contributed since.