Thanks to a huge shout-out from NBC's Ward Room blog, chronicling the recent battle for the hearts and minds of Internet readers everywhere on the Kirk military award confusion (is he a military hero or is it all mere puffery?) that has been going on the last few weeks between Team America and our arch-nemesis, Ellen of the Tenth:
Mark Kirk, Midwestern moderate, is a more polarizing figure than we imagined.
So polarizing, in fact, his every move is followed by two diametrically opposed bloggers: a hatist, dedicated to portraying him as a dishonest hypocrite, and a #1 fan, dedicated to convincing readers that no matter what happens, Kirk isn't as bad as Alexi Giannoulias.
They certainly pegged Ellen as a "hatist" alright. And #1 fan does describe me pretty well, although commentors FOKLAEAPS and "Beau and Baxter's Mom" are always in the running as well.
But, little does the Ward Room know that the latest flap regarding Kirk is just Round #237 in the three-year long battle for truth, justice and the American Way that we have been having with our friend Ellen, and her new sidekick Carl Nyberg, although they do acknowledge that Ellen has been trashing Kirk since 2005.
Whatever you may think off all of this, it proves what we've known here for a long time: Mark Kirk is a man well worth following.