Email Is Like Cocaine

I haven’t bothered to post anything about the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Nick Coleman and his bizarre diatribe directed at the Powerline guys last week. Coleman was thoroughly dissected and discredited, and there didn’t seem to be any point in piling on. But after reading Coleman’s recent nasty email to NRO’s Jim Geraghty (incidentally, Jim, I love the blog, but “TKS” is a stupid name), I was reminded of an old Bill Cosby routine:


I said to a guy, “Tell me, what is it about cocaine that makes it so wonderful,” and he said, “Well, it intensifies your personality.”

I said, “Yes, but what if you’re an asshole?”

Email tends to work the same way. Kind of makes you glad for Coleman that he does have editors–based on this and other ugly emails, his ability to self-edit appears to be lacking.

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