I mocked The New Republic earlier for its utter lack of irony awareness, but I wanted to add another thing that I find humorous about TNR. The huge gap between what their blogs claim to provide but fail to deliver.
The Stump claims to provide "Obsessive coverage of the '08 race" and yet yesterday had a grand total of five posts and today includes only one that was actually posted at 12:44 last night. This is obsessive? Under what definition?
They used to advertise the other blog, The Plank, as "The smartest blog on the web. Period." At least they had the decency to take that banner down.
It seems the folks at TNR have taken up the bad habits of lefty blogs: arrogant assertion and snarky commentary backed up with nothing more than bravado.