I’m tempted to say that Pareene should have submitted this to Politico or Fred Hiatt as a kind of Sokal Hoax. But what makes it brilliant satire is that once you’ve switched the partisan context there’s no chance that anyone would take it seriously, even if you submitted it under the byline “Dick Morris” or “Pat Caddell.” And no progressive publication has the same incredibly low estimate of its readers that the Weekly Standard or the Daily Tucker* do.
*Speaking of which, the Daily Tucker recently “informed” its audience that Obama could well fail to carry Illinois because — unusually for a Democratic candidate — he’s doing better in the core of Chicago than in the suburbs. (Similarly, Obama could win Texas, because he’s doing better in Dallas proper than in the exurbs.) Ah, if only this represented the thinking of Republican operatives and donors. But at least no prominent conservative blogger could possibly take such monumental idiocy seriously? Oh, right. But when you remember that Gekko/Roark Without the Architectural Ability are going to get 30% of the African American vote, it all makes sense!