In which the nearly irresistible Brontë reference is manfully resisted:
Ann Althouse, 58, is a law professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison who blogs about politics, law and cultural whatnots in a sharp, occasionally ribald tone. She admires Rush Limbaugh, voted for George Bush in ’04 and Barack Obama in ’08. She attracts derision and applause from 500,000 monthly visitors. The jeers spiked ever since the March 22 announcement on her blog that this divorced mother of two adult sons, stalwartly single for more than 20 years, is engaged to a commenter known simply as “Meade.” Except for her closest readers, the blogosphere was taken by surprise.
Good for Ann. And, for that matter, Meade. I don’t think it speaks well of Kaus, Sullivan, or anyone else who mocks the upcoming nuptials. People meet in all sorts of varying circumstances, many stranger than this, and at least the medium of a blog provides two individuals the ability to get to know each other on a philosophical plane without the usual fog of pheromones, looks, and other physical complications obscuring the larger issues.
So, I hope you will join me in wishing the two of them very well.