Friday, August 26, 2005

Nick Coleman: Senile Old Fart

Did Nick Coleman misplace his medication before writing his latest column? My Magic Eight Ball is telling me “all signs point to ‘yes.’” Just read the column (see my initial analysis here). It jumps around more than John Robert’s son at a press conference.

It must be tough to be Nick Coleman. His dad was a force to be reckoned with in the Minnesota Legislature in the 1970’s and his little brother is on his way to be Mayor of St. Paul. Don’t get me wrong; Nick has been somewhat successful, albeit in an old world sort of way. He’s been a columnist for the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune, and also had a radio show until just recently. In spite of these accomplishments, Nick still seems to suffer from an inferiority complex.

This complex became evident as Coleman ramped up his attacks on bloggers, often devoting entire columns as well as segments on his radio show to complain about bloggers attacking him. You know you’ve made it when Nick Coleman has wasted column space on you. The man really is Nixon-esque; “always remember, others may hate you. But those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.” The bloggers have won, which must make Nick Coleman hate them even more.

He may be a senile old fart, but he’s our senile old fart. Without him, blogging wouldn’t be as fun.


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