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State of the Blumenthal

HOWARD MEGDAL: In the wake of a New York Times piece citing instances when Richard Blumenthal, Attorney General for the state of Connecticut and Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, misstated his service record, calls were rampant for the Democrats to dump him as nominee, while the Republicans sensed a pickup opportunity.

The reality has been heartening to those who value public service: Blumenthal’s decades of great work have trumped this one week story. Indeed, it is certainly what saved him.

DAN SZYMBORSKI: The good news for Blumenthal, in addition to the polling that Howard mentions, is that he still looks like he has a fairly strong lead over McMahon.

However, the story is still fraught with danger for Blumenthal. Continue reading

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Rude Emails

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Through I have had several different kinds of jobs since college, the common thread between all of them has been email: Lots of it. No matter what my company or position, I usually spend quite a lot of time at work emailing; most of my communication is conducted that way. My unspoken job, particularly when I am in an administrative role, is generally to be responsive to emails, polite, cheerful and professional.

AKIE BERMISS: I guess I’m just too sensitive — I get really heated over rude emails. I don’t like rude correspondence at all. Except when, in some instances when “rudeness” is actually the polite way of saying something. There are situations like that, but I’m getting ahead of myself. I may not have a degree in it, but I consider myself a man of letters (if sometimes those letters are mixed up and jumbled and in the wrong places — well, I can be a man for those letters too) and as such I have keen respect for the written forms. Be they high or low — speeches, lectures, legal argumentation, birthday wishes, religious pamphlets — whatever. And in the more nascent world of written communication that is the internet, I have an even more vested interest in seeing things done properly. And that’s why I get frothing mad at rude, or even rudely constructed, emails.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Here’s who I think gets off easy regarding rude e-mails: old people.

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Antonin Scalia and Dangers of Public Intellectuals

HOWARD MEGDAL: Antonin Scalia certainly didn’t do his brilliant reputation any favors with his response to lawyer Peter Eliasberg during oral arguments last week.

DAVE TOMAR: Examples of this appendage include such phrases as ‘the brilliant justice,’ ‘Scalia’s brilliantly composed minority opinion,’ or ‘the brilliant remarks defending slavery and the eating of children.’ I have a real objection to referring to Scalia as brilliant. He’s a sociopath. He’s brilliant like Jim Jones or Idi Amin. And I’m inclined to wonder at what point his irrational totalitarian interpretation of the Constitution qualified him for this type of intellectual praise. I bet there were some S.S. guards who could turn a clever phrase too. Continue reading

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