1. Gene Callahan links to an article about Aiken
2. Gene Callahan lauds the post for sensibly trying to figure out the position of each side.
3. Gene Callahan seems to find the following statements by the author about Aiken perfectly acceptable and true:
a. the author's statement that Aiken has an "aggressive ignorance of biology",
b. the author's statement that that Aiken is promoting "pseudo-science" which "compounds the error" of his other claims,
c. that Aiken was "telling a fairy tale",
d. speculation that "Aiken may be too dim to understand the implications of his policies"
e. that Aiken was "defining rape down", and finally
f. that what Aiken said was "simply unconscionable".
4. Brad DeLong says Gene Callahan was defending Niall Ferguson.
For those of you who live under a rock (or simply maintained a modest level of productivity yesterday), Niall Ferguson is a discredited British cheerleader for an American empire that we Americans don't want. Todd Aiken, on the other hand, is an asshole representative from Missouri.
If Brad DeLong said that Gene Callahan was defending Aiken, I would question DeLong's reading comprehension.
But this is so bad I'm starting to question my reading comprehension skills.
Brad, I don't know if this is a "DeLong Smackdown" or a "Department of Huh?". I'll let you decide.