So I turn my back ever so briefly and ... what the hell ... all sorts of bad craziness what with Warren Kinsella posting his personal top ten bloggers list, followed by Liberal Catnip who responds with a challenge to identify Canada's smart female bloggers, which inspires this rebuttal from Halls of Macadamia and so on and so on. What is with you people? Anyway, to business, as it were.
First, we deal with "Halls", who makes the paralogical observation:
So, to recap... Libnip and Kinsella, the self anointed judges of all that is good, smart and female in the Canadian Blogosphere, will soon grace us with their decision about the very smartest Canadian womyn bloggers.
As long as it isn't that unspeakable Kate at Small Dead Animals... you know... the hands down winner of the Best Canadian (male, female, gay and I daresay transgendered) Blog at the 2006 Weblog Awards.
"Halls" apparently confuses traffic with cleverness or, as it were, quality with quantity. But, in fact, "Halls" has a point here.
If LC's challenge were to identify Canada's "best" female bloggers (or some other word associated with literary quality or something like that), that would be one thing. If this were a poll whose primary purpose was to select based on actual journalistic excellence and objectivity, then there's no question that Kate McMillan wouldn't even remotely qualify, being the racist, dishonest, lying sack of neo-con crap that she is. That wouldn't even be open to debate. But that's not what LC was asking for here, was it?
In fact, LC was asking for Canada's "smart" female bloggers and that's where LC's case falls apart and "Halls" makes a perfectly valid point. Because, in my opinion, despite Kate McMillan being the deceitful, right-wing hack that she is, I don't think there's any question that she is, in fact, extremely smart.
Regardless of what you might think of Kate's vile rantings, one doesn't generate that kind of traffic by being an idiot. I think Kate has correctly assessed the basic Canadian demographics, and identified that sizable portion of it that are uneducated, racist, homophobic dittoheads, and has built a comfortable blog presence by pandering to those people in the same way you would pander to any lowest common denominator.
One need only peruse the comments section of a typical Kate post to understand precisely who her target market is, and she knows how to play those people like a cheap violin. These are not people who want objectivity, or nuance, or anything that requires deep thought. They want screaming, and shrieking, and clear distinctions between good and evil and Kate (God bless her shrivelled, blackened heart) gives them just that.
(Kate is, of course, not alone in this. Examples like Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin leap to mind as well -- loathsome human beings who have made a living pandering to other loathsome human beings. It may be disgusting but you have to admit -- it's good business.)
So "Halls" is spot on with his objection. If we were discussing quality, then one could safely suggest that Kate wouldn't even be in the same time zone as that survey. But if we're talking about just plain smarts, then there's no question that she should be on that list. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that she'd probably be at the top of that list.
Kate McMillan may be a worthless waste of skin masquerading as a human being but -- give her credit -- she knows exactly how to pander to the lowest of the low. And her loyal fans -- the flying monkeys that they are -- love her for it.
ALL RIGHT, FINE! Apparently, some of my regular stalk... uh, readers have taken issue with my giving Crazy-Assed Racist Redneck credit for smarts. So, all right, I'll back off on that. Actually, I rather like the idea of her being described as "manipulative" rather than smart, which I'm guessing isn't saying much given the crowd she's playing to.
Suddenly, I have this image of Linda Fiorentino in "The Last Seduction" ...