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October 26, 2009


I, for one, mourn the continuing decline of this blog*, as is exemplified in this tacit support for the thesis that Corzine's support for a balanced budget is somehow related to his obvious love of chicken.

Truly, no one but a media economist could have predicted back in 2003 or 2004 that Brendan Nyhan -- a wonky health policy researcher with graduate training in political science -- would be writing posts about how "it's practically a law of politics" that "all good campaigns involve guys in chicken suits." There's no better illustration of the power of commercial incentives to shape media content.

*At times, Brendan-Nyhan.com is still an excellent news source, but the substantive blogging on which it made its reputation is now the exception rather than the rule. Most of the time I'd characterize its content as something akin to talk radio for pox-on-both-their-houses "independents".

Wow, that is an all-time classic in the Brendan-hating tradition.

Yeah, sorry if that came off as harsh, I was just making a joke. I find your more poli-sci stuff quite innovative, actually.

No worries, Conor -- I actually laughed out loud; it was easily my favorite comment in weeks...

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