The Nation is the way its columnists talk about each other. As this New York Observer article shows, no one nurses a grudge like an old warhorse of the left.
Eric Alterman on Alexander Cockburn:
I like George Bush and Dick Cheney better than I like Alexander Cockburn. I'm not kidding. They are at least honestly misguided. I just think he's a disgraceful writer. I don't think he's an honest person.
Alexander Cockburn on Eric Alterman:
He has some sort of obsession with me, which I suppose is flattering. I've never known a fellow to unify so many otherwise mutually antagonistic people in dislike of him. Long ago, I concluded his stuff is worthless -- one more bedraggled little plume on the funeral hearse of the Democratic Party. The furthest I've gone is to call him a twerp -- part brown-noser, part cheeky chappy.