When Divas Have Hissy Fits
by Virginia Postrel • Dec 29, 2006 at 11:02 am
Ron Bailey breaks the polite silence to provide eyewitness account of what really happened at the Liberty Fund conference that Ann Althouse has been making such hay about lately. Hysterical tears are involved. (I didn't know any of this back story when I made my original post here and comments on Althouse's blog. Like everyone else, I assumed her account reflected reality.)
UPDATE: Jonah Goldberg, who went very easy on Althouse in a recent Blogginheads.tv appearance has second thoughts: "I should say that while Ron and I have many serious ideological differences, my faith in Ron's honesty and good faith is unshakable. All I will add for now is that I had no idea about the events around the dinner table--when Althouse accused fellow conferees of racism--when I participated in my bloggingheads conversation with her or when I called her original blog post 'odd.' I would have used a different adjective." Like Jonah, I have heard privately from multiple sources confirming Ron's account. Althouse was clearly out of her intellectual depth during the discussions and vented her frustration by lashing out at fellow conferees in person--she even called one female participant who dared to disagree with her an "intellectual lightweight" and an embarrassment to women everywhere--and by using her blog to recast what happened with herself as the martyred star. Now that's a diva. Diana Ross would be jealous.
UPDATE III: After she mentioned this post, I attempted to post the following comment on Ann Althouse's blog. I hadn't planned to say more on this topic, but she's managed to push my buttons:
While I appreciate the good intent of the folks at GayPatriot.net, I don't aspire to be a diva. It's not all about me.
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