The Nation divided (Eric Alterman vs. Alexander Cockburn)

One of the reasons I subscribe to 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.

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