Why Haven’t We Written About . . .
Orin Kerr explains the strange silence of the Volokh Conspirators on the Gonzalez-U.S. Attorneys affair:
Of course we are all political hacks! Our secret trick is that we alternate which side to spin: sometimes we are political hacks for the right, and sometimes we are political hacks for the left. Naive readers occasionally mistake this for principle, but I trust the more sophisticated see it as the randomized hackery it truly is. In any event, a great rule of thumb is that our silence means that we are secretly conspiring with your enemies to keep stories out of the public eye. Remember, if a legal event isn’t being blogged about at the Volokh Conspiracy, it just didn’t happen.
Variants of the “Why haven’t you written about…” question are common in blog comments sections and blogger emails, as if we had some duty to take a stand on every issue under the sun. Personally, sometimes stories simply don’t pique my interest early and I’m often not motivated to catch up later on when everything worth saying has likely already been said. Conversely, there are sometimes stories that are demonstrably less important that tickle my fancy for whatever reason.