- He promises "attacks," but all you get are dull, wonky nitpicks.
- He strives to make his site as boring as possible by augmenting the above technique with zero pictures and low-wattage "jokes."*
- He titles every goddamn post with lyrics from 30-year-old songs and, I guess, thinks that makes him "hip." It doesn't make you hip; it makes you a person who has the Ramones on his iPod.
- Mr. Ackerman has been to Iraq. How do I know this? He reminds you every fucking chance he gets.
Seriously, even if all he did was stop using the song lyric titles, the thing would be way less irritating. The boring part, though... well, I don't know if there's anything that can be done about that.
*Sample: I forget whether Thursday is “victory-means-staying-forever” day or “failure-means-staying-forever” day. OMGLOLROFFLES!!
UPDATE: Since writing this, Ackerman has gone on to post his most retarded item yet, one which proves that he's not only the worst political blogger, but the worst music blogger as well.
UPDATE: Looking at this a few hours later, it occurs to me that it's pretty mean. I'm sure Ackerman is a perfectly delightful person, well meaning, etc., etc. But honestly, "Attackerman" just typifies absolutely everything I dislike in a liberal blog, and that's why I was moved to write about it (I was wondering that myself earlier). It isn't funny enough to pass for snark, but there's too much name-dropping and cutesyness and self-absorption to take it seriously as political analysis, and that kinda turns it into the proverbial fish with feathers. What, exactly, is Think Progress doing? Are they trying to be like Talking Points Memo's also tiresome TPM Café? Is that it?