NUTPICKING….Last night I held a contest to create a name for the moronic practice of trawling through open comment threads in order to find a few wackjobs who can be held up as evidence that liberals are nuts. It’s both lazy and self-refuting, since if the best evidence of wackjobism you can find is a few anonymous nutballs commenting on a blog, then the particular brand of wackjobism you’re complaining about must not be very widespread after all.

Anyway, I emailed the guy who suggested this contest and appointed him the official judge of the responses. Today he emailed back with his decision. Proposed by BlueMan, the winner is:


Hoorah for BlueMan! If I had a free t-shirt to send you, I would. As it is, all you get is your own tiny slice of immortality. For the rest of you, here are some usage examples:

I see that K Lo is busily nutpicking away over at The Corner.

Lanny Davis is now the official King of the Nutpickers.

Man, the nutpickers were out in force after Tuesday’s Ned Lamont victory.

As for the law itself, Tim F. suggests “Drum’s Law” instead of “Kevin’s Law” because, as one of his commenters puts it, the latter “sounds like it?s a response to an abducted toddler.”

That’s fine with me. Now go out and propagate this meme!