Ramesh, man, I have to give it up to you. The other day when Box Turtle Ben was suffering his unjust martyrdom at the hands of the angry left, you were the only one at The Corner who stood up for him. Bravo, man, that was courageous. Even as the Pod cut and run and it began to look like Ben had quite probably ripped off Jonah, then your own publication apologized for printing his work, you did not join that traitorous crowd. You stayed silent, you stood your ground.
You’re a brave man, Ramesh. A brave man.
And I want you to know that despite the politics that divide us, I consider you my blog brother. No, Ramesh, it’s true. And I promise that I am going to be there for you. Because I know you’ve got your new book of scholarly insight coming out next month entitled "The Party of Death: The Democrats, the Media, the Courts, and the Disregard for Human Life." And according to Tim Rutten in the Los Angeles Times, your editor was Ben Domenech himself. No wonder you stood by him, after all he’s done for you.
You probably can’t say it, so I’ll say it for you, Ramesh: This is not your fault. People are going to take you to task for the absurdity of the crap title, you will have to endure (much like the martyr Ben) the slings and arrows of people who can’t understand that Democrats could be designated as "The Party of Death" because, what…they’d save the 2 year-old in the burning fertility clinic instead of the blastulae-filled petri dish? I mean, considering the GOP is the party of war, torture and capital punishment I know a fine scholar such as yourself didn’t come up with it. Not to mention all the bullshit between the covers.
No, it is not your fault that they saddled you with a lying serial plagiarist for an editor. After all, he was the person who was responsible for checking your facts, bouncing around ideas, re-writing you and generally guiding the book through its glorious, Britney-esque birth. It is totally, utterly unfair that you will have to answer question after question about this ignoble oddyssey, and I am not going to let you do it alone, Ramesh. Because you are the MAN.
HI FIVE RAMESH!!!
(*sob*) I am so there for you, man.
I want you to know that I’m getting copies of galleys as we speak, and as soon as a press schedule comes out I will make sure people are there to back you up, Ramesh. At every reading, we will be there to let people know IT WAS NOT YOUR FAULT. Just as a young man named Duncan Black made his name so many years ago by showing up and dogging Christopher Hitchens when he spoke, so a whole new generation of online activists will be there for you.
You are a gentleman and a scholar and the fact that Regnery stuck you with a plagiarising editor should not be a cross you have to bear alone. Before you do any interview, we’ll be pelleting the press with letters of support to make sure they know before they ever sit down with you that like every other Republican, YOU ARE NOT TO BLAME FOR ANYTHING.
It’s the least we can do for you, my blog brother.