Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Is this the end of McArdle?
And with that, I'll say so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye.  Be nice to the guest bloggers.  I'll miss you all.
Is it too much to hope she'll fade away, never again to darken the pages of The Atlantic? It would be irresponsible not to speculate. (And not to cross one's fingers & knock on wood. While holding one's breath.)

Book-typing leave is a wonderful way of easing out a public embarrassment. Whichever of the guest-loggers gets the most hits or raises the biggest stench will get his/her (We'd guess her: Quite the sausage fest at The Atlantic's "Voices.") own by-line; perhaps the pretense of guest blogging under Megatron's picture will continue, but w/in mos., Jane Galt's easily-distracted claque will have latched on to a new diva/o. Then it will be safe to make the pursuing-other-interests (desperately trying to find a publisher) announcement, saving The Atlantic from the outraged squeals of the McAddled.

Pegging the irony meter, Outside The Beltway publisher Joyner's reaction shows how far inside that Beltway he really lives.
She moved to DC some years back for her job with The Economist, so we’ve actually met in person a few times. And we had her as a guest a couple of times on the late, lamented OTB Radio.

She’s always struck me as good humored and personable. For reasons I’ve never quite understood, Megan somehow became a source of tremendous antipathy some time after getting the big platform at The Atlantic. Despite what has always seemed a very civil and analytical tone, she’s apparently viewed in some circles as a combination of Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and Michael Savage.
Should you visit, up-thumb Susan of Texas's comment.


bjkeefe said...

"Is this the end of McArdle?"

Be still my beating heart.


"... Outside The Beltway publisher Joyner's reaction shows how far inside that Beltway he really lives."

So true. So true. Kinda like Bob Dole running as an "outsider," three days after he'd left the Senate after three+ decades ensconced. Or Newt. Or Santorum. Or ... you get the point.

And oh yeah, SoT got the big thumb up from me. Thanks for finding that.

P.S. "It was a much clubbier atmosphere in those early days" is the new "we need a blogger ethics panel."

M. Bouffant said...


You're welcome.

(Every few mos. we like to run something vaguely & possibly positive, just to keep people guessing.)

bjkeefe said...


Dr.KennethNoisewater said...


Uh oh... How will you ease out, MB?

M. Bouffant said...

Not Embarrassed In The Least Editor:

WE MEANT TO DO THAT!!! embarrassm.net!

And what the hell happened to the spell-checker?