February 08, 2008

The Blogger of the Year Title

. . . has been passed along from N.Z. Bear to the Ace of Spades. During Robert Bluey's introduction, Ace sat with his face in his hands, looking as if he'd rather be anywhere else but in a group of his fellow homo sapiens. Bluey's introduction referred to Ace's distinctive verbal style, and referenced Hackbarth's description of Ace as "the Kurt Cobain of the blogosphere." (When I first heard that, I asked who, exactly, our Courtney Love might be. "I dunno," he told me. "Maybe Allahpundit?")

I was sitting next to James Joyner during the presentation. When Bluey remarked that that "some blogs have made larger contributions than others," I hissed angrily "not true!" (Speaking of which, why is Ace getting the award, rather than me? There is such prejudice against blogs that do not actually get read.)

When it came time to speak, however, AoS gave a rather thoughtful set of remarks on the why New Media is an important part of policy making, and drew a straight line between the history of policy debate in a town-hall setting and the Reagan Revolution, which rejected the notion—now so prevalent in Europe and elsewhere—that the political class can consider itself our "betters," and simply make policy decisions on our behalf.

We have, he reminded us, not simply an opportunity to inform ourselves about politics, but a "duty" to do so. Naturally, alternative streams of information will play a large role in that process.

Ace to the political establishment: "we're the New Media, and we're here to help you."

UPDATE: More from Hawkins; a mention on Newsbusters. Karl at Stud/God of the Cerebrasphere Jeff Goldstein's site, Protein Wisdom, weighs in on the critical Allahpundit-as-Courtney issue.

UPDATE II The link to Protein Wisdom has been fixed, as a way of hinting to the ACU that Goldstein might just be next in line, depending on whether he actually posts a bit over the next year. Besides, he has better arms than Ace, and a bitchin' tattoo.

Posted by Attila Girl at February 8, 2008 01:41 PM | TrackBack

Yep, that's Ace.

Posted by: baldilocks at February 8, 2008 10:25 PM

Yep, no ring on the finger...
But (from what Allah says) a cockring you'll never forget...

Posted by: Uncle Jefe at February 8, 2008 11:19 PM

Yeah, the Ewok features are very prominent.

Posted by: runninrebel at February 9, 2008 12:07 AM

New here. I loved this entry. It actually put your blog on my personal Best Blogs bookmark list.

I'm sure you're suitably impressed, lol. But fwiw, I was. Thanks!

"There is such prejudice against blogs that do not actually get read." My gawd, I'm still laughing at that.

Posted by: DaMav at February 9, 2008 03:13 AM

No Tats. No piercings. No Bling. Full Beard. Yep! sounds like a Hobo to me.

Posted by: NYNastyboy. at February 9, 2008 04:38 AM


Posted by: Attila Girl at February 9, 2008 05:15 AM

Aaaaand... so much for relative anonymity for Ace... btw, hi there, Attila Girl.


Posted by: tmi3rd at February 9, 2008 09:59 AM

I have informed Ace that if he wants the picture down, I will take it down.

Posted by: Attila Girl at February 9, 2008 10:20 AM

He might not. I mean, he might be amused by the thought of being Mark Steyn's Evil Twin.

Posted by: CGHill at February 9, 2008 10:43 AM

Thanks for the link, though it's Protein Wisdom, not Newsbusters. Goldstein is on the virtual ledge today, so I thought I should mention it.

Posted by: Karl at February 9, 2008 01:46 PM

He looks gayer than I thought. Congrats Ace you moron!

Posted by: Gary at February 9, 2008 02:17 PM

Next year...Atilla!

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