Monday, January 7, 2008

Heffalumps and Woozles in the Bluegrass

Despite its being "librul," as Page One Kentucky spells the word, we find that site to be worth checking occasionally, certainly in comparison to the other Kentucky Demo-blogs. Take Page One's literary allusion today (please), when that blog referred to us as "Heffalumps." For those who haven't read A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh in a few years, the heffalumps and woozles were phantom animals that gave Pooh nightmares. We can understand why the prospect of conservatives taking to the blogosphere -- as we did with talk radio -- might give the "libruls" nightmares. But if we are the Heffalumps, then who are the "Woozles"?

Not that we mind the link by whatever word pops into their minds. Okay, some words we would mind, but expletives are more the style of the bad boys at DitchMitch & Co. than Page One.

Perhaps we may be attributing too much cleverness to Page One. But as Wikipedia explains, a "heffalump trap" is a term of art in political journalism whereby the person who sets the trap ends up getting caught by it (as happened to Pooh). If the Page One Poohs want to trap the "heffalumps," they should beware.

We like Pooh. We would have a bowl of honey with Pooh. But he shouldn't be running the country. Same for Eyeore and other donkeys.

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